Country French Decorating Ideas
European elegance lives harmoniously with homespun comforts in the pretty and popular country French decorating style.
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European elegance meets rustic country and old-world character to achieve the graceful and inviting style of country French decorating. Striking the perfect balance of beauty and comfort, country French style easily fits into elegant homes and country houses alike.
Try out the pretty furnishings, the soothing hues and soft patterns, and the noteworthy accents to bring this warm and welcoming decorating style into your home.
What Is Country French?
Watch and learn the defining characteristics of this elegant style and see how you can get the look at home.
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Beautiful fabrics and provincial patterns are hallmarks of country French style. To balance today's hectic lifestyles, softer colors and more delicate patterns have become popular choices. Pretty fringes, decorative trims, and lacy accents add an elegant finish.
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Timeless in Toile
One pattern says country French style with ease: toile. This timeless print lends a classic look to any room. In this bedroom, a stately antique bed and modest provisions are a pretty picture frame for the toile bedding that sets the room's style.
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Creating Country Influence
Use decorative faux finishes and noteworthy materials to achieve the old-world style and country character of country French design. Glazed country blue cabinets complement the casual wood-inlay pattern across this kitchen floor, while marble countertops and shapely woodworking details lend vintage flavor. A dine-in countertop extended from the island adds an intimate touch.
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Architectural details that harken to yesteryear easily give a room country French flavor. But you don't have to live in an ancient chateau to create the look. Rustic stone tile and hand-scraped wood beams add the charm of an old French eatery to this new kitchen. Curved archways, intricate molding details, and patinaed finishes also enhance the look.
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An eye-catching stone fireplace is a popular feature in country French rooms. The natural stone wall brings a touch of the countryside indoors to this cozy hearth room.
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A thoughtful balance is achieved in country French style that provides an elegant stage for casual living. To accomplish this, dress the room with French influences, such as full-length draperies, rich wallpapers or paint finishes, and formal fabrics. Then fill the space with livable furnishings, such as this generous, farmhouse-inspired dining table, to entice large gatherings of family and friends.
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Antiques are an important component of country French decor. Vintage pieces -- from a collection of dishes displayed in a glass hutch to period-style furnishings -- enhance the European character of the space.
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Old Is New Again
Repurposing is a popular way to incorporate old pieces into a home, and it's perfect for bringing in country French flavor. This vintage dresser makes a beautiful showpiece as a bathroom vanity, with its sweetly painted designs and gilded details. A sparkling mirror and sconces add to the elegance.
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Refined Rustic Style
An armoire is a signature piece of furniture in country French decor, from stately antique pieces to casual country cupboards. Place one in the bedroom in the traditional sense for clothing and bedding, or put one on display in the dining room for tablewares and linens. A handsome piece in the main living space makes a decorative statement while providing disguised storage for media components or home office supplies.
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Add Charm with Pattern
Design details, such as delicate scrollwork and pretty floral patterns, are often associated with country French style. Pattern hung on the ceiling and painted on the grand four-poster give a cheerfully casual twist to this delightful bedroom.
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A Place for Neutrals
Rich blues, fiery reds, and warm golds were the mainstay color scheme of country French style for many years. Although this striking color palette is still used and enjoyed, some prefer a more soothing take on the relaxed European look. Textures and tone-on-tone patterns bring wonderful visual interest to a room amid more neutral color tones.
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