Home decoration ideas for expats in France


After moving to France, setting up home and turning your accommodation into your personal abode can be a great way to start off your new life and feel at home. We would like to know whether expats are keen on decorating and furnishing to warm up their space whether for the festive season or all year-round.

Upon renting a new apartment or house in France, do you redesign your accommodation to suit your taste? Are your choices influenced by price, climate, etc…?

Have you brought any interior decoration items from your home country or did you consider buying any once in France?

As an expat in France do you find it worthy to invest in home decor? Could you share what you have bought and perhaps some interesting places to shop for home decor?

How would you describe the local style of decoration? Have you picked up any item which reflects the local style?

Would you be inspired by the festive season to decorate and add a festive touch to your living space?

Thank you for sharing your experience,



We brought all of our home decor items from the U.S., as many of them are antiques and would look well-placed in a 200+ year old farmhouse (not to mention the sentimental value). We supplemented our existing items with purchases from Emmaus (the equivalent to Goodwill or Salvation Army here), FB Marketplace, Conforama and IKEA. We bought two couches, a bed, mattress, antique picture frames, a vestiaire (hall tree), and two small bureaus.

Just as in the U.S., I wouldn't say there is a specific style. Most stores carry very modern furniture and more traditional items can be found in vide greniers, charity shops or online resellers (leboncoin).

There are lots of options here in France to add the finishing touches to your home.

Thanks for sharing this information please

Hello to all,
We are are from Belgium,Dutch part,  and we both one year ago an old railroad station house build in te 1890 en functioned as so till the 1950,  in Charente maritime
We booth it total equipped with original French and accents of British furniture.
By ourselves,  we gave the kitchen a original/new look (ikea) and little by little we moving our own furniture, antique/modern.
Over a few years we move permanently to France.
We looking around when visiting vide greniers for little things.

Danny and Lieve

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