La-Dee-Da Ladurée: How a French Cookie Influenced Home Design

These iconic French macarons and their memorable color palette and gorgeous boxes have had a big impact on home design.

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August 10, 2017


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Macarons Rule

It's now common knowledge that the French meringue-based sandiwich cookies macarons, and their delightful color palette and flavor profile are a dessert sensation. But the iconic French companies Ladurée, Pierre Herme, Gérard Mulot, Fauchon and a host of other macaron sources have also done their part to influence home design. More and more designers are incorporating a confectionary, pastel color scheme into their work and we think the trend is delicious.

Ladurée, Macarons Les Glaces

From their iconic cookies to their frozen treats and gift items, the French company Ladurée and their distinctive color palette of soft pastels and saturated neons have had a big impact on home design. Opened in 1862, the brand continues to inform cultural trends. Filmmaker Sofia Coppola found inspiration for her film Marie Antoinette at Ladurée and the company's beautifully designed shops and products have exported French style around the world.

Sweet Color Palette

When the macaron craze first broke, it was all about subtle pastels.

The New Soft

Designer Fawn Galli's living room, with a pastel palette of pink and green, was inspired by a pair of ikat drapes from Cambodia. Her macaron-sweet color scheme looks modern when accessories and furniture are so minimalist and refined.

Minty Green

A bright, refreshing pop of mint green in this chair gives this living room a youthful, fashion-forward look.

Neon Macarons

As the macaron color palette has shifted from delicate, ladylike pastels to authoritative, rich neons, home decor has also kept up with these changing trends.

Good Enough to Eat

These sherberty hues of orange and a rich, maroon-pink in this bedroom show the influence of a confectionary palette on interior decor.

Brights Are Right

Shades of magenta and tangerine bring a fresh new look to this colorful bedroom.

A Sweet Mix

Combining melon and soft berry shades works in this macaron tower and it works in home design too.

Mint and Brights

These macarons in Mardi Gras colors demonstrate how beautifully soft lilacs and mints look with pops of saturated brights.

Green Is In

Whether it's sage or John Deere green, this shade is definitely trending. But mint green really hits the mark when you want to bring a unique new look to your place. Table settings are a great way to incorporate minty green.

Yummy Kitchen

Subdued mint green mixed with gold fixtures and raw wood features give this kitchen a modern feel. Learn more about the influence of sweet pastels on home design in this gallery on the Color Form trend.

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