Get your winter coats on, we’re off to the mountains of France & Switzerland to tour some modern chalet interiors that will have you reconsidering what you think alpine living is all about. Rugged exteriors and luxury interiors define these gems we found from throughout the European Alps.
ABOVE: A renovated multi-leveled alpine chalet with traditional features like wood and stone materials, pitched roof and large wrap around terraces.
Chalet’s date back to the 1800’s and are popular in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, and the French and Swiss Alps. Many chalets in the European Alps were originally used as seasonal farms for dairy cattle. With the growth of the Alpine travel business, these traditional chalets continue to be transformed into vacation houses for ski and hiking enthusiasts.
Here are some renovated properties that feature stunning contemporary design.
LEFT: A playful 3-dimensional wall piece adds color to this master bedroom, while the vaulted ceiling and exposed beams reflect the original architecture of the French chalet. RIGHT: High gloss cabinet finishes, stainless steel appliances, and polished white floors add an elegant touch to this luxury chalet kitchen high in the French Alps.
ABOVE: This master bedroom is a true haven of well-being. Walls made of wood meet a grey oak floor covered with thick cream colored rugs. Heavy drapes and an enveloping easy chair create a cozy reading corner.
ABOVE: This cozy chalet in Zermatt, Switzerland features many naturally toned wood accents, horizontal oriented wood plank walls, and a contrasting stone fireplace that divides the dining and living rooms. Behind this chic modernity lies a truly authentic simplicity.
For a more in depth look at these and other chic modern European chalets, link to a slideshow we put together.
And if you’re still not quite ready to leave the Alps, link to these articles with more modern mountain retreats: