A Family-Friendly Parisian Apartment Balances Color With Class

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nursery with lots of color
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Paris's 7th arrondissement is sleepy and classy with large blocks of those old, historic, typically Parisian residential buildings. The neighborhood's exteriors may be traditional; but that doesn't the interiors have to be stodgy. So when architect Camille Hermand was hired by a couple with two small children to add some life to their apartment in a Haussmannian building, she erred on the lighthearted side. "The owners have a traditional, yet quirky and original style which was fun to work with," she says.

Hermand retained the original features — like parquet flooring, moldings, fireplaces — and brought in an up-to-date color palette with bold hues. "We worked on a mood board with the client to explore different colors and atmospheres," says Hermand. "We wanted something warm and light, with punctuated contrasts to add a subtle contemporary edge to the design." The end result is the perfect balance of old and new, making this family home both fashionable and fun.

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The living room's ornate moldings and fireplace are softened with a wicker pendant light from HKliving and plush seating from Caravane.

parisian Living Room with built in bookcase
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The reading room's custom bookcase was painted in Farrow & Ball's Oval Room Blue.

Parisian Kitchen
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Hans J. Wegner's Wishbone chairs are pulled up to a Sentou table in the kitchen's dining area. The custom kitchen was painted in Farrow & Ball's Off Black to contrast with the Cornforth White walls.

Hallway with paint up half wall
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Even the hallway received a dose of color. Hermand paired Farrow & Ball's Inchyra Blue halfway up the walls with Strong White for the upper parts.

bedroom with wallpaper
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The master bedroom's headboard was designed to include built-in shelving and is topped with Pierre Frey's Pampa wallpaper. Gubi pendant lights complement the ruby red curtains.

master bathroom design with double sink
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Hexagonal tiles by Mosaic del Sur line the wall and floor of the master bathroom.

Kid's Room with wallpaper
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In the son's room, a vibrant yellow bookcase looks stunning next to wallpaper by Bien Fait.

little girl's bedroom with wallpaper
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Little Cabari wallaper and fabric was used in the daughter's room. The bookcase was painted in Carmine by Little Green.


Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer splitting her time between New York and Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and CNN Style.