Country French is beloved for its blend of old and new. Time-worn furniture combined with vibrant fabrics and natural textures to create an elegant, yet comfortable style. Here are some designer tips to bring French country charm to your home:
1) Scale over quantity
Don’t be afraid of adding fewer, but larger scale pieces to a French-inspired room. Here, a 72″ round dining table makes a bold statement in the dining area. The large table is complemented by eight country French ladderback chairs and a large buffet. These key items create the foundation for the French country style dining room. The antique window mirror, china, glass and flowers complete the design.
2) Blend natural materials and colors
Shades of whites, grey and taupe are blended to create a soothing palette for your French country home. A weathered white urn, ironstone pottery, seagrass rugs and white French style dining chairs all create harmony in the home.
3) Go vertical
Closets were lacking in traditional French country cottages, making clothing armoires and tall desks essential. Today, the same problem arises, most bedrooms would benefit from additional storage for clothing and bedding. A Louis XV armoire is a classic French-style cupboard that adds utility and beauty to a room. By using the vertical space for a tall hutch desk, you’ll create purpose of all that awkward wall space.
4) Incorporate free-standing pieces
Kitchen islands don’t need to be granite clad, and built-in when creating a French country style kitchen. A free-standing center island with an old-wood top adds character and functional surface area to a kitchen.
5) Add sparkle and shine
No French country room is complete without a little bling. A chandelier with crystals, shiny silver urns or even a beautiful gilt mirror adds light and shine to a country French space.
6) Collections, collections, collections…
French design always includes collections of beautiful things; ceramics, ironstone, glassware, Limoge china, and stemware. What’s needed is a large hutch to store and display your objects. Whether its a hutch with glass doors or an open hutch top, a large display piece is essential to house all your worldly items.
7) Create balance and groupings
French black and white etchings framed in gold frames create a large focal point above this occasional table in a hallway. The eight frames grouped around the gilt mirror reads as one visual mass, the large pleated shade hanging pendant light, pair of candlesticks and bust create an European elegance with a modern flair.
8) Combine old and new
A French cabriole leg table is blended with an antique farmhouse bench for some Provencal charm. Mixing an old worn bench and a new dining table creates an authentic character commonly found in old-world design.
Now, are you feeling inspired to add some French country style to your home?