Soaring mouldings, perfectly petite (and quirky) layouts, and that inimitable pale morning light are just some of the reasons we’re forever looking to Parisian apartments for inspiration on making a place chic—with little effort. French interior designer Maude Kraska exemplifies this approach. Her space is an inspired play on proportions, color, and a few surrealist touches for good measure. “I prefer to use unexpected elements rather than erase them,” she says. “I’m actually very inspired by obstacles, and I wouldn’t know what to do in front of a smooth, all-white wall!” Here, she shares a few ideas on how to create vignettes in your home.
Kraska traced a thin black line and a cream band around the room to add depth to the otherwise all-white space. The moulding also doubles as a picture stand. “An energetic and well-balanced layout is my main goal,” she says. “This is perhaps because I grew up surrounded by painters and photographers; composition is an obsession for them.”