The Best Home Decor Stores in Paris
Being one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris’ flair for design extends far beyond just the textile industry.
For every clothing store in Paris there is a home decor store to match. Everything from classical French interiors, to weird and wonderful concept stores right at your fingertips.
If you’ve ever made your way into some of preserved 19th century homes around the city you’ll see that there is definitely low-key pressure for contemporary Parisians to keep their home interiors up to scratch.
The Jacquemart-André Mansion is a prime example of this, forming part of the original Haussmann architecture of the 8th arrondissement. The interior is an ornate Italian meets French fusion; the decor of the space was collected from around the world by the home owners, Nelie Jacquemart and Edouard André.
If you’re partial to interesting home decor, a visit to what is now the Jacquemart-André is highly recommended. In fact, if you’re simply in need of some home decor inspiration then this museum is the perfect place to spend some time before heading to any of the best home decor stores in Paris that I am about to list for you!
Merci in Paris
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
The streets of the Marais area of Paris are arguably inspirational enough when it comes to sparking one’s creativity. And make no mistake, home decor is exactly that; the finest example of one’s creativity and a physical reflection of personality.
Merci is a place that values this side of the interior decor process. It’s almost as if they sought to identify every possible angle of the creative human spirit, to materialize it into functional objects and furniture ready and waiting for when you walk in.
You’ll get lost for hours within the design store, winding your way through thousands of pieces of furniture, wallpapers, ceramics, home ware, ornaments and lighting. The space is so expansive that there are also three restaurants along the way.
One of which happens to be my favorite hideaway in Le Marais. The Used Book cafe can be found inside Merci, in the 10,000 book library. It’s a cozy space that encourages you to select a book and read while you enjoy a pot of tea and some of their light meals.
Roche Bobois in Paris
Roche Bobois is probably one of the most recognizable names in interior design around the world. They have been in the industry for over 50 years and are identifiably French in so many ways.
Minimalism is a clearly embraced theme within the Roche Bobois collections, somewhat the opposite of the more conceptual designs found in Merci. This is where you’ll come for classic, simple pieces made in the name of timelessness and quality.
There are over eight Roche Bobois store locations within greater Paris to which you can pay your visit. So whether you are on the northern outskirts, or in the central chaos of the Left Bank, you are never far from one of these home decor stores. You’re likely to pass by one simply by attending a free guided walking tour.
What’s great about this brand is that the designer himself, Mister Roche Bobois, makes a point of seeking out and working with up and coming designers from around the world to create his collections. It is a very inclusive and universal form of creation well worth supporting.
Empreintes in Paris
5 Rue de Picardie
Similar to Merci, Empreintes is the newest multi-story concept decor store in Le Marais area. It encompasses four floors and is an impressive exhibit space for a diverse array of furniture, lighting and artworks.
Within the building there is also a cafe, a library and a convention space with projection abilities. Empreintes may be the new kid on the block, but the concept is a necessary one and will likely see much influence within the home decor design world in the years to come.
While doing your home decor shopping in the 3rd arrondissement take note that one block down from Empreintes is a great little midday break spot called Candelaria. They make the most authentic Mexican cuisine in Paris in a tiny, low-key space similar to a backroom.
Go for the tacos, consider a margarita or two. Candelaria only accepts cash so keep this in mind before you visit!
De Gournay in Paris
15 Rue des Saints-Pères
Embracing the similar 19th century flair that the Jacquemart-André mansion does, de Gournay houses their flagship store right here in Paris and brings the best of this era to your contemporary home.
De Gournay are best known for their whimsical and unusual wallpaper collections that seem to transform any space into a design phenomenon. What makes them even more unique is that each wall paper set is hand painted, and cannot be recreated or imitated.
You’ll find de Gournay as you cross the Pont des Arts from the 1st arrondissement. It’s directly opposite the Seine if you are coming from attractions such as the Louvre or Tuileries Gardens .
Fleux in Paris
39 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
Fleux has been a frontrunner in Parisian home decor since 2005. It is said to be the number one store to head to when you are at a complete loss as to what to do with a space, as the store tends to pull design creativity out of everyone who enters.
Fleux is incredibly on trend; it is more concerned with the latest and greatest in design, and less with the classical decor that much of Paris embodies. OMY, Ferm, HAY and Normann Copenhagen are some of the design labels that they carry in store.
Instead of crossing the Pont des Arts, this time you’ll stay on the Right Bank and find Fleux where the 3rd and 4th arrondissements meet.
Whatever your taste, Paris can cater to your home decor needs ten times over. It’s all about sparking that initial burst of inspiration that you can carry forward into your home design — what better city in the world than beautiful Paris to draw that out of you.