Decorate your home with French country style
Love the curve of an elegant shapely leg? Is button upholstery your passion? Is your favorite color “toile”? Just kidding … it’s a pattern! You have come to the right place!
French Country isn’t just a decorating style, it’s a mindset. On the one hand, it is a particular and always vintage look with a touch of nostalgia. On the other hand, anything goes. You can mix materials and textures and just have fun with it.
Some tips: Try to keep the yellow soft, the baby blues, and creams. Unless you’re working with a particular French country motif, like roosters, sunflowers, or lavender. Use baskets, wire or woven, for a rustic touch. Keep natural materials in mind while decorating. Natural stone, wool, cotton, wood. And, back to the canvas. It really defines the French country.
Let’s start with the most important room, the bedroom. What style of bed do you want? You can move from a cut out wrought iron bed … painted a nice cream color. Or take it up to an ornate Sofia bed with button upholstery. Do you prefer a sleigh bed or maybe something with a canopy? Any of these will work, as long as you have a wardrobe. No decent French bedroom would be without a closet. If you have a crisp paint finish, even better. Do your best to place a canvas in your private oasis.
In the dining room, keep it cozy, old-world, and rustic. Mismatched chairs are fine … just paint them the same color. Combine them with a wooden or metal table. Keep window shades light, but delight in a beautiful chandelier. You may want to use shutters for an old world feel.
Will your kitchen have a theme? Roosters and olives are popular in the kitchen. Bring the baskets and jars to give your kitchen a country feel. A kitchen table should be made of painted wood. Bring the natural elements into play.
Now to the living room. Here you also have many options. A daybed will work well in the bedroom, but it will also feel right at home in the French country living room. It has a wide variety of chairs that will suit your room, and you can freely mix and match. Take a look at the traditional French accent chair, French provincial chair, wingback style, and medallion armchair, all in keeping with the French country style. Or … just go for an oversized chair. Here again, if you like button upholstery, buy it. Many people think that it gives furniture an elegant and finished look. Is there space for canvases in the living room? Well, let’s move on.
I like the lavender theme best in the bathroom, but some people like to incorporate it into the bedroom or kitchen. It is just a matter of preference. Long live the difference!
The most important thing when choosing furniture and decorating with it is to have fun. If you feel overwhelmed, get a second opinion. There are many furniture companies that specialize in French country furniture. You should have no trouble finding an interior decorator to help you pick out a few pieces for your French country house.