French Country Decorating

8 Tips: Infuse French Country Charm Into Your Home

French decorating’s appeal spans generations. It feels collected with a bit of old and new. It highlights natural materials like wood, brick and stucco, but softens it with color, fabrics and livable furnishings. Let’s get inspired to refresh your home with these easy, French-inspired ideas:
  1. Create an outdoor room
    Let’s celebrate the beauty of the fall by extending the season by dining in covered outdoor space. This dining room features a round dining table and country French dining chairs for enjoying casual conversation, food and wines from the harvest season. Beautiful French linens with candles, informal flowers, and mixed patterened china invites you to sit and relax.

2. Brighten with white, punctuate with color
A white palette makes a French Country Cottage room feel a fresh, clean and bright. But, let’s add a bit of excitement with a soft green Farm Table and Paysanne Dining chairs. The little spot of color enlivens the otherwise “blank” canvas.

3. Choose the right lighting
The architecture of this room exudes French Style. From the stucco walls to the exposed wood beams—it all feels perfectly French. By choosing the proper lighting, a room can be transformed to the French countryside. Metal, or wrought iron chandeliers, sconces and candlesticks are a tenant of French designs.

4. A space to create
Gone is the era of the big desk unit. Working today is much more flexible and a laptop space is the perfect solution. Why not add a French-style writing desk to an entrance or a living room nook? It feels traditionally French while providing an essential work space.
Image: Annie Selke

5. Mix patterns and textures
Modern French embraces the mix of fabrics, wallpapers and textures to create a unified design. Here, a large scale floral drapery is paired with a small dot pattern wallpaper, a French chair covered in muslim, grain sacks and a patterned rug. The combination feel collected—and perfectly French.

6. Open shelving, natural materials
French style often features displays of china and decorative objects. Here, a sweet collection of ironstone china is displayed. Whether you collect china, glass or baskets create arranged displays with color harmony for a unified look.

7. Make your entrance welcoming
Grand entrances are a tenant of French design. Create a focal point in your entry way with a small sideboard, sconce lighting and chandelier for a stylize look that welcomes guests.

8. Embrace worn and weathered
Seagrass sofas combined with a lightly distressed sideboards, and a pair of weathered wood lamps, mirror and candlestick updates the room with a modern French flair. The monochromatic harmony of wood tones, natural woven rugs and chairs creates a feeling of space and unifies the relaxed design.

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