Louis-style Furniture Gets Eclectic

The French style of furniture and décor known as “Louis” is getting an eclectic new makeover. Louis-style furniture, with origins in the era of the five French monarchs all named Louis, is staying true to its traditional, elegant forms while incorporating a new variety of chic fabrics and colorful, distressed finishes. At Belle Escape, we call it “French Shabby.”

While each of the five Louis kings put his own touch on the furniture commissioned during his reign, the style is known collectively as “Louis.”  Two styles frequently reproduced in homes today find their influence from Louis XV and Louis XVI. Louis XV favored curved forms and intricate carvings, while Louis XVI preferred classical, straight lines and square forms.

Louis XV canape.

Louis XVI love seat.

These timeless styles, revitalized with new interpretations, are popular in French shabby chic homes. Louis-style chests, consoles and tables are hand-painted with motifs of vines and botanicals and heavily distressed to present the look of an aged antique. Loveseats and side chairs are upholstered with interesting fabrics, such as burlap and canvas, and include unique artwork and pops of color.

Louis art canvas chairs.

Louis champagne vines chest.

In addition to their presence in shabby chic, French country and cottage-style homes, Louis-style pieces are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who are simply after an eclectic look. As many people are choosing to blend styles, these new adaptations of classic furnishings are ideal for any home.

French shabby cane back love seat.

Vintage Louis XV console.

Authentic Louis XV side chair

Louis XVI sofa.

To see more French Louis and French shabby furniture, visit the Belle Escape online boutique.


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