French empire style dating from the 1800s is an enduring neoclassical look in architecture, furniture and the decorative arts. I couldn't tell you why it remains popular. It just is. It is a quite formal style that includes elements of classical greek and roman decorative styles. Maybe it is just a style that lends itself particularly well to interiors. Maybe it is a style that we are used to seeing in larger, grander houses (historically speaking), but does translate well to the smaller, more humble home. For whatever reason, it is certainly a timeless style that works in most homes and with all styles of furniture and accessories. This particular repeat, FR12 Hugo, is large, but open so is not a heavy or busy design. We have given it a bit of a rococo or adam treatment by stencilling it in white on a pale coloured background. It is from our new French Inspired stencil range. Hopefully, Josephine would approve of this one.