French Country Decorating · interior design · Tips + Trends

Small Changes Make a Big Difference in a French-Inspired Home in 2017

New Year, new you, right? But, sometimes change is not always that easy, especially when  tackling big home projects. Here are a few small changes that can make a big difference in the style of your French Country home in 2017.

1) Skip the small coffee table, go for grand
Most people think a cocktail table needs to be long and narrow and sit in-front of a sofa. 2017 is the time to rethink a standard coffee table and add some scale. Originally, French Country cocktail tables were cutdown dining tables made lower for the purpose of sitting in a living area. Today, the trend is to select a large 48″ square cocktail table or 40″ round coffee table and make it the showpiece of the room. It becomes a place to gather, play games, and snack during the big game. Toss out any notion that a coffee table needs to be small, and your living area will be refreshed for 2017—and beyond.

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2. Storing extra chairs for guests? Time to add a bench
Tired of lugging out the “guest” chairs from the basement or attic when hosting a big dinner party? A great French Country trend for 2017 is adding a bench to the table for guest seating. Kids and adults alike enjoy sitting together for a casual and fun meal. When the guest leave, the bench can be utilized in a mudroom, or living area behind a sofa or just left along a wall with a few accent pillows. Then, presto! it’s ready for the next gathering.

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3) Rectangular tables are traditional, but a round is bountiful
It is said that a round table fosters good conversation, but when a crowd of eight are seated around a 72″ pedestal dining table there’s no stopping the fun! When searching for a big table, think about the alternatives to a traditional rectangular table: round, square, oval. Rethink your space, and consider would a round add fluidity and style to the room? We think its a great French Country trend for 2017—and your guests will surely “ooo-and-ahh” over its grand presence.

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4) Add personality to your kitchen with great bar stools
In 2017, kitchen stools are likened to the “jewelry” of a kitchen. Tranform a standard white kitchen from basic— to elegant by pairing with Country French Ladderback stools. For a classic French-style, add French Ladderback Stools with snowshoe seats for a rustic modern seating area. When it comes to stools, it’s worth investing in good quality, solid-wood stools because they are lighter, easy to move, and durable for everyday use.

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5) Deep drawer storage is key to keeping clothing organized
We’ve all had one…a dresser that doesn’t fit your clothes. The Result: jammed drawers with overflowing clothing which inevitably winds-up on the floor. The Solution: a French Country deep drawer dresser. Dressers with solid wood sides, back and bottoms can be jammed with jeans and T’s and still open and close with ease. Buy a cheap dresser in 2017, and you’ll pay for it with disorganization, warped drawers and frustration for years to come.

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6) Add a colorful focal piece to a French Country room
White is nice, but color wow’s in 2107. Monochromatic kitchens, white living areas, and beige dining rooms are all enhanced with a statement piece in the New Year. Oranges, Greens, Blues all add some panache to your home without upsetting the French Country harmony. Be brave, be bold in 2017 — you won’t regret it.

French Linen Cupboard
Painted French Country Linen Cupboard is the focal point of a room.

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