The French country style of décor incorporates warmth and comfort with American country décor. There are many elements that derive the French country style. The main elements are rustic, old world, with a touch of elegance. Rustic furniture is paired with fabrics that feature beautiful, earthy colors in a variety of traditional patterns. This décor would work in elegant, old chateaux as well as country homes.
Popular Colors and Designs in French Decor
The colors you would use to design your French Country décor would come from a full spectrum of colors. Sunny spring yellows, soft rich gold’s, fiery red, burnt rust, bright grass green, dark hunter green, cobalt blue, and soft ocean tones can all be found in this decorating style. Toile is one of the most popular French Country patterns. It features a continuous repetition of rustic scenes pictured in large motifs and is usually printed on linen or cotton fabric. Chinoises is another popular design found in this style. Other French country textile themes include vines, sunflowers, leaves, grapes, roosters, and olives. This is extremely popular on table cloths and drapery.
To add these colors into your décor, opt for a mix of print and pattern throw pillows for your sofa. Linen and cotton pillows will work great and can easily be paired with toile print pillows. Another way to add these colors and patterns into your space is window treatments. Toile print valances and roman shades are very popular. You can also find nice custom curtains made in chinoises patterns. One last option is French textile table cloths, which can be used in your kitchen.
Natural Materials and Accessories in French Country Décor
Natural materials are another important element in pieces used in French Country style décor. Rough stained walls, bulky beamed ceilings and walls, slight carved wood details, colorful ceramics and tiles, and chair seats woven in rush give texture can all be found in this décor. Natural stone floors or hardwood flooring will work in this space. Accessories such as baskets, wrought iron, pottery, copper pots, old paintings, carved wood pieces, Chinoiseries pottery, and natural grasses are used in a room decorated in the French Country style. Old, dark or colorful paintings embellish the walls.
Bright black Lush natural flowers are everywhere. Baskets, an old pitcher or copper pot, or clear glass vases hold flowers inside and out. The aim is to bring the wonderful colors and textures of nature into the home. Window boxes outside filled with geraniums and lavender are especially popular. Incorporate a few or all these designs into you space, and you will have a piece of France right at home.