Painting Your French Chairs

Alexa Hampton’s book, The Language of Interior Design

While it is usually not something you think about sometimes painting your French chairs is the way to go. Perhaps the wood is damaged or has been stained in a way that makes it impossible to repair. Or maybe a painted chair would simply fit your décor better. Whatever the case may be, there are many ways you can paint your French chairs. Here are a few:

1. Classic – The classic paint for a French chair means keeping it simple. Beige or white or cream color as a base with maybe a subtle stripe of country blue or demure grey. This style of painting fits in with classic French décor and makes any home looked lived in.

2. Bold – If your décor leans more towards bold and beautiful then you can paint your chairs in stunning red, shiny black, or stark white. These three colors are well within the modern décor palate and fit well with contemporary furnishings. Painting your French chairs one of these shades is a great way to bring classic and modern together.

3. Pastel – For children’s rooms, kitchens, or floral decorated rooms pastel colors work well. Not only are they soothing and gentle looking, but they also add a bit of lightness to your French chairs. Perfect for a baby’s or little child’s room, a French chair painted pastel is a great accessory.

Pair of Turquoise Louis XV Chairs Timothy Corrigan Antiques

4. Neon-Go really crazy with neon painted French chairs. Bright and beautiful, neon colors add a punch to any room. Pair with black and white to stand out or make it a part of your décor by adding additional neon elements. Great in teen rooms and artistic areas.

5. Basic –Browns, subtle blacks, greys, cream, and other basic shades help your French chairs to fit in with your decorating style. Instead of taking a bold step, help your French chairs to become another part of the whole with a basic paint color.

6. Patterned –Patterns like chevrons are very popular in modern décor right now and fit well with French chairs. You could also do animal prints for a walk on the wild side or a floral pattern for a garden theme. Whatever your choice, hand painted patterns add a touch of class and expense to your French chairs.

These are just a few of the ways that you can paint your French chairs. There are many other things you can do to help your French chairs become a part of your home and décor. Take a look around your home and see what would work best for you.

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Belclaire House and are credited for this beautiful living room by an unknown interior designer who has created an elegant room based around French furniture.

Louis XVI Style Settee , Antique Dealer Spurgeon Lewis Antiques

Sloan Mauran’s House | House & Home

Antique Louis XVI dining chairs are upholstered in a traditional  manner,
with contrasting fabrics — silk plaid and taupe linen — on the  seat
backs and seats. “I had already collected most of the antiques on  my
travels in Europe, but the mahogany table had to be custom-made to  fit
the large scale of the room,” says Sloan.  A contemporary leather-bound
sisal carpet enhances the traditional  aspects of the older, more formal
pieces, she adds. Plain white  dinnerware keeps the focus on the

Alexa Hampton’s book, The Language of Interior Design

This beautiful book, is a great resource for your library.  Written by Alexa Hampton, daughter of legendary Mark Hampton, decorator to Brooke Aster, Susan Bass, Mrs. John Heinz, Estee Lauder and many others. Mark  Hampton also decorated for the George Bush administration, both at the White House and Blair House.  Alexa took over her fathers firm upon his untimely death at age 58 in 1998.

A Collection of Busts sit on small shelves in this dining room.  Consider playing around with an all white scheme, by painting your French chairs white.  Picture Credit – Cote de Texas Blog 

A Home Located In Sweden with painted antique French Chairs

Antique Gray French Country Low Back Corner Occasional Chair

Designer Betty Burgess- Her own house in Atlanta; Image via Southern Accents.  See the rest of her house here
Built in the 18th century, it’s now owned by designers Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of Dimore Studio
Smoke Dining Chair  Designer  Maarten Baas 

Designer Melissa Rufty

Melissa Rufty

Wild Chairy Featured at House of Fifty magazine

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