Play up warm wood tones with a light ceiling, neutral paint or wallpaper and soft lighting.
Don't cover up classic hardwood if you want to channel a traditional and formal style — herringbone is far too beautiful to lay a rug over. In Patrick Frey's Paris apartment, luxe fabrics and wallcoverings, a unique light fixture and classic chairs exude old-world charm.
Learn more traditional-style tips in our Traditional & Formal Interiors photo gallery.
And for more beautiful French country interiors, see our photo gallery.