French Country Home Décor

As with English Country décor, the French Country style is casual and inviting.

However, there’s an injection of old world flair and style that makes rooms both comfortable and elegant.

French Country makes extensive use of patterns and themes not found in English Country. Roosters, olives, fruits, sunflowers, and grapes are some of the themes that can unite your rooms.

Colors also tend to be brighter in comparison to English Country. They’re still nature-inspired, but are often in brighter jewel tones.

Try combining traditional Provencal prints or French toile fabrics with other basic patterns like checks and stripes to keep them from becoming overwhelming.

Toile comes in a variety of themes to match your rooms, such as farm animals and country scenes.

French Country Décor Walls and Floors

  • Stone, clay, and brick floors are ideal for French Country homes
  • You can leave floors uncovered or use rugs to warm them up
  • Leave beams on ceilings exposed and unpainted
  • Patterned wallpaper, particularly in toile, is a popular choice
  • Try a plaster faux finish in a pale hue to add depth to walls

French Country Décor Furnishings

  • Common materials:
    • Wood
    • Scrolled ironwork
    • Painted metal
  • Stick with furnishings with gently curving lines that are graceful without being overly formal
  • Chairs with woven rush seats are one hallmark of French Country
  • Rusted metal gives a lived in and comfortable look in both furnishings and light fixtures
  • Try painting a large display item in a bright, unexpected color like forest green to draw attention to the items within

French Country Décor Accessories

  • Wall decoration ideas:
    • Consider a decorative mural, either a large French countryside vista or a small grapevine painted over the doorframes
    • Hang decorative iron scrollwork items in odd numbers
    • String dried flowers along a wall or over a door
    • Display an old iron weathervane prominently on a wall
    • Try hanging a chalkboard in the kitchen or another common area to display the menu for the evening meal or maybe a shopping list
    • Still life paintings are commonly used
  • Table and counter decoration ideas:
    • Display a set of pottery painted with colorful designs
    • Make a centerpiece with fresh fruit arranged in an attractive wire basket or earthenware bowl
    • Fill a copper pot with flowers like lavender and wild geranium
    • Rest a handful of dried grasses crosswise in a shallow woven basket
    • Cluster an odd number of iron candlesticks on a bright woven tablecloth
  • Lighting ideas:
    • Try using table lamps with intricate ironwork bases and streamlined shades
    • Or go the opposite direction and use a frosted glass lamp
    • Candles, either in decorative sconces or in chandeliers, create warm light

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