A Parisian mansion holds maximalist home decor in neutral colors. Decorated by top AD100 interior designer Jacques Grange.
19TH-CENTURY MANSION SHELTERS CONTEMPORARY ART
The maximalist mansion is a 19th-century hôtel particulier. A rich engineer built the building between 1870 and 1872 to serve home to himself. Following it, it was home to the architect of the train station that is now Musée d’Orsay, Victor Laloux. Currently, the owner of the Parisian historical building is a Russian businessman, who’s also a contemporary art enthusiast. Hence Jacques Grange displayed several contemporary art pieces all over the house.
HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE WITH NEUTRAL HUES
On one hand, the owners of the house didn’t place any limit on Grange’s creativity. They just wanted the home to look like a palace. And the interior design of the mansion to be something couture and theatrical. In other words, a maximalist home decor. But on the other hand, Jacques Grange was obliged to keep the building’s original architecture and neutral colors.
Due to the historical nature of the building, the City of Paris established strict preservation rules. Nevertheless, a city’s official granted Jacques Grange permission to replace the original stone floor of the entryway gallery. As a result, Grange installed a black-and-white marble floor with Byzantine mosaics-inspired patterns.
Grange also installed an indoor pool on the basement floor. The pool area is a room that honors 19th-century French high society.
Walls, wood paneling paintings, marble columns and doors were refreshed and its neutral colors revived. Afterward, Grange worked on an exuberant canvas. The French interior designer decorated the rooms in a maximalist home decor fashion.
The living has room modern sofas in neutral colors. But there’s also a conversational room with blue and emerald-green velvet upholstery and custom-made rugs designed by Jacques Grande. He also plays with mid-century furniture and neo-Gothic chandeliers as well. Then, the 19th-century mansion becomes a contemporary palace with maximalist home decor in neutral hues.
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Photos by François Halard