Home Decor Part 3: Furniture – traditional or contemporary?

The property has been purchased, the spaces configured, the fireplace installed. Next it’s time to think about the furniture. Do you choose traditional furnishings, go for a contemporary feel, or a mixture of both? Continuing our series of tips and tricks to create a cosy chalet style, these images speak for themselves…


The sturdy wooden settees in the lounge area at Chalet Jeremie were purchased locally and are a very traditional Savoyard farmhouse style. The heart motif of the red and cream fabric works well in this setting.

Stripped back, neutral colours of the retro furnishings at Le Solavue in Annecy

The stripped back, neutral colours of the retro furnishings at Le Solavue, and the bare walls, are an extreme contrast to the riot of colour on the opposite side of the lounge. The views from this Penthouse apartment via the wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows, are straight across the tree canopy to Lake Annecy, the surrounding mountains and the skies beyond.

Clean modern dining table for 16 at Chalet Colombine in illard sur Thônes near La Clusaz

When the dining table is for 16 people, keep things simple and clean to stop the space feeling cluttered. At Chalet Colombine a simple wooden table is combined with modern classic white and wood shell dining chairs. The light and bright theme continues into the sleek ultra modern kitchen.

Rustic, thick wooden slab of a table and heavy sturdy chairs with decorative legs hand turned on lathes, complete the working farm feel of the space at La Ferme du Grand Essert in Entremont near La Clusaz.

The old thick stone-lined part of the farmhouse the sheep would have slept in originally has been converted into a dining room at La Ferme du Grand Essert. The thick wooden slab of a table and heavy sturdy chairs with decorative legs hand turned on lathes, complete the working farm feel of the space.

Modern family suite at chocoon lodge in Manigod

Leaving the steps up to the bespoke single beds with open treads leaves plenty of light and room to breathe for all of the occupants of this family suite at Chocoon Lodge! The vertical wood design separating the two single beds adds to the original style too.

The sanded walls and white furniture work to brighten this bedroom at Chalet Le Meridien Etale

Typically old farm houses have small window openings and low ceilings, which can make for quite sombre bedroom spaces. The ceiling and wooden walls in this bedroom at Chalet le Meridien Etale were sanded back to their natural state, and the furniture, including the gorgeous traditional sleigh has been painted white.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen at chalet ladroit

While most of the furnishings at Chalet Ladroit are contemporary, the traditional farmhouse kitchen was retained. By installing a new modern range, and new work surfaces the kitchen is practical as well as beautiful.

Traditional summer kitchen with drop down table at Chalet Patagonia

The drop down table in the summer kitchen at Chalet Patagonia is very a traditional practical design. With its local handmade pottery, and wooden benches this kitchen is totally different to the sleek high tech main kitchen upstairs.

Modern kitchen and dining space at Chalet Snow Chic in Morzine

Contemporary all the way! The contrast between the straight lines of the kitchen and the curves of the dining table chairs and overhead lighting at Chalet Snow Chic are very easy on the eye.

Are you looking to decorate your property in a chalet style that suits you? Would you like professional advice on decorating and managing your projects? Don’t hesitate to contact our interior stylists Caroline MARY (caroline.mary@ovonetwork.com) and Janelle ELSDON (janelle.elsdon@ovonetwork.com), who have decorated many OVO Network properties.

Catch the rest of the Home Decor series here:

Part 1: Cosy mountain style, part 1: by the fire
Part 2: Wood – essential for achieving Alpine chalet ambiance
Part 3: Furniture – traditional or contemporary?
Part 4: Soft textiles for a cosy atmosphere
Part 5: Small accessories, big impact!

More to come:

Part 6: Lighting, candles, spot lights : light up your interiors

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Written by... Karen


Hi I'm Karen, I'm part of the OVO Network sales team . I've lived in Manigod for the past 18 years with my family, and love sharing this amazing part of the world with visiting friends and family - karen.andrews@ovonetwork.com