Creating a Warm and Welcoming Family Home in Paris

Welcoming and friendly with enough space for personality in every room – that’s how this family home feels. You can find this three story house nestled in the tree-lined streets of Parisian suburb Bois-Colombes. From beginning to end of a tour through this home, you feel enchanted with its friendly colors and charming personal touches.

Woman waves at the doorway of home in Paris

The house belongs to a French family; a professional couple, with their two teenage children. The parents felt that it was time to renovate the home to make the place feel more attractive, and enlisted the help of interior architect and designer Camille Hermand.

Green sofa and modern living room on NONAGON style

The living room uses muted colors for a friendly, relaxed vibe. Green is the color of calm and relaxation, and just so happens to works well in this room of white and woody tones.

Table flower arrangement in the living room, home tour on NONAGON style

Cozy living room, family and professionals, Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

The father is an avid collector of comic books, and you can see the bookshelves were an important part to include in the room for their heaving library. So as well as setting an area for play, the living room has its space for reading, too.

Living room, Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

The colors stay sedated and simple, and the top part of the room has ample space for a hanging mobile.

Light, art display at this family home - Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

Table display, flower arrangement and coffee table from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

Living room scene, cozy and cool family home in Parisian suburb, Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

When your space feels too dark or heavy, you can lighten it up easily. Fluffy furs, woolen knotted textiles, and gentle blossoms soften the darker and harder elements of this room.

Living room scene with comic books and sheepskin rug, from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

Use art in your home that makes you happy. The family like to keep things fun, and you can feel the personality of a home by the art you choose and the items you keep out on display.

Art and comic vignette, stylish living room arrangement

Red chairs and white walls, dining room on NONAGON.style

Off from the living room is the dining area. The wooden floorboards have the same varnish finish, although the pattern shifts from large panels to a warm herringbone shape.

Black door for modern entrance in Parisian suburb home, from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

The area by the font door can often be a place with a lot of mess. It’s easy to build up clutter because you are likely to drop things down as you walk in through the door to deal with later, but sometimes later never arrives. It’s a place where post piles up and your umbrella stash waits for a rainy day. So take inspiration from this home; use boxes to keep things neat, and a table or magazine rack to hold on to your letters and newspapers. Just don’t forget to clear it out once in a while!

Elephant and antelope heads in the hallway, art in family home from NONAGON.style house tour

White robot statuette in the hallway of Paris suburban house, home tour on NONAGON.style

Potted plant in the hallway, home decor on NONAGON.style

A magnetized board can keep your shopping list ready to go out the door, and provide a place of cheer for postcards from friends and families visiting foreign shores. Buckets are great for umbrellas and keys.

Green hallway, black banisters and wood staircase, home interiors on NONAGON style

Striking are the black banisters that run up the length of the stairwell, contrasting well against the olive green wall. The simple lines and contemporary colors are a lot like the shapes and style also found outside.

Black and white house exterior, France - Camille Hermand Architecture

Outdoors black and white Paris home from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

Garden area in family home, Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

Outside area for family time, from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

I love the mobile art making an appearance outside, too. It is balanced well with the colorful outdoor lighting.

Outdoor eating patio dining area, potted plants, trees, chairs and exposed brick wall - from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

A cozy spot for Sunday lunch, or those lazy summer evenings.

Outside view of Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

One of the extra additions to the house was a loft extension. The trickiest part of the renovation was discovering that the walls were a lot thinner than they had first appeared. It means that any additions and renovations on top had to stay lighter than originally intended. Nevertheless, the big wide window space is a wonderful addition to the top floor.

Bedroom with blue wallpaper, from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

The bedrooms are all spacious and seasoned with patterns and cooling colors.

Blue wallpaper and modern decor for teenage girl's room, from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

Modern decor in teenager's room, from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

Blue bathroom mosaic tiles, from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style - photos by Jennifer Sath

Tiles in the bathroom are a chance to change things up a bit. Most other bathroom fittings are simply white, it’s not like we can add colorful throws to make the room feel brighter! Mosaic tiles are fun and make the bathroom unique.

Blue mosaic and hexagon bathroom mirror, from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style

Master bedroom, and en suite bathroom with black and white tiles. Modern home decor from Camille Hermand Architecture home tour on NONAGON.style

The top floor loft extension was created entirely for the parents to have a space of their own. A row of windows bathe this area in light,

Chic bathroom with black and white tiles, from home tour on NONAGON.style

Compared to the more carefree and lighter elements of other bathrooms, you can sense that this one is a grown up space. The neat black and white of the room is sophisticated, and I love the mosaic tiles.

Blue walls and white floors, full length mirror in modern home tour - on NONAGON.style

This intense shade of blue is neatly contained by the white walls and floor in the room. The colors of that chair, paired with the sloping ceiling and blue wall are reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting, don’t you think?

Modern and minimal bedroom with geometric lamp, home from tour on NONAGONstyle

We often think that we must have curtains in the bedrooms, but blinds work really well in this minimalist space.

Blue walls, wooden desk - Paris bedroom from NONAGONstyle home tour

Wooden bed with drawers, simple bedroom with black and white wallpaper panel, modern and bright room - on NONAGON.style

Charming and clutter free, it’s the unobtrusive selection of furniture that allow for a clean feel. The built in wardrobes line the back of the room, and the bed is stacked with drawers in its frame. These little things make it easy for a room to keep neutral. However this room keeps the rest of the room muted so that the shelf above the bed can take center stage.

Lightbulb in a jar, from bedroom home tour on NONAGON.style

I am loving the jam jar lamps on the shelf above the bed. Instead of having bedside tables, this bay area above the bed becomes a place to put belongings within easy reach at bedtime. These lamps are simply charming and look great against the wallpaper and book collection.

Hallway in Paris home, home tour on NONAGON.style

If the top floor is a sanctuary for parents, it’s the downstairs where the children are free to roam.

Green walls and toy collection in Paris home tour, on NONAGON.style

 

From top floor down to bottom, it’s a house with solid wooden floors, charming collections, enjoyable colors and a family feel. It’s definitely a welcoming place, and I hope some of these tips have inspired you for your own interior projects.

 

Project: Bois-Colombes 5

Design: Camille Hermand Architecture

Photos: Jennifer Sath