6/13/2010 4:31:00 PM
Fantastic French Floors
Real plaster walls, old beams, a carved limestone fireplace, and fantastic floors... these are some of my favorite essential French architectural details. Any one of them will give a modern French-inspired home that elegant timeless French quality. But add an antique stone floor and you are upping the French beauty factor beau coup. Yes, stone floors are expensive, but this is an investment in knock-your-socks-off style that will pay off in spades.
Here are some inspiring photos of jaw-dropping stone floors from Paris Ceramics.
Antique black and white marble. This is certainly a wow in a room with a black and white color scheme!
New distressed Jerusalem stone floors. The random shaped pattern and distressing on these floors gives them an antique look. I think the coloration is just yummy and perfect if you're a fan of today's neutral color schemes. Just add some antique linen upholstery and sea grass mats and you're good to go.
These stone floors make a simple classic anchor for this stunning grouping of modern French furnishings and artwork.
Classic French country. It's still working for me!
Antique Jerusalem Stone.
A custom mosaic floor from Paris Ceramics.
These two stone floor photos below are from a project my friend Cheryl Tague worked on:
Of course, every single item in these rooms is so perfectly selected that it seems unfair to give the entire credit for their fabulous-ness to the floors alone. But still, these stone floors make an undeniably major contribution to each of the rooms.
And here is a similar floor in the kitchen of the house of Sarah Anderson, owner of Chateau Sonoma, below.
And a French limestone version from a house I built in the 1980's. The kitchen is looking a little dated, but that classic floor does not. By the way, when I had this floor installed they used a sealer on it to protect it. However, I learned that in actual French farm houses, limestone floors are often smeared with olive oil. Instant "aged" floors!
And above, a bedroom from that same house with antique French chateau pavers. These pavers were installed in the entry of this house in beautiful shapes and patterns and mixed with some subly colored glazed tiles, It was stunning but, unfortunately, I can't find a photo of it.
I love this mix of old stone and wood pickets. A number of the tile houses make very good faux wood pickets out of tile. These are nice to use if you like this look, because you don't have to worry about the grout joint between the wood and the tile moving and deteriorating over time.
This floor is in a restored mas in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. The floor dates from the 1700's. Still beautiful! And don't you adore the stone around the door frame and the way the plaster curves to meet it!
Sorry about the grainy quality of this picture, but these are original 16th century floors from a chateau from Aubergne. This gives you a sense of the historic context of French stone floors. These floors could use some renovation, but even so, they are beautiful. In fact, this kitchen is wonderful, isn't it!