Country French Style
Infuse your home with romance with Country French decor. Here's how to capture the decorating style in your home.
Country French style is all about comfortable elegance. It mixes the grandeur of old world design with luxurious comfort. The style hails from the region of Provence but embraces touches of Italian and Belgian design too. Whether it's an expansive chateau or a simple cottage, common threads of country French décor are feminine curves and fanciful flourishes, distressed woodwork and salvaged materials, fine antiques, and beautiful patinas. Take a look at 4 rooms that do country French right. Curvy feminine lines define this elegant bedroom, a gilded cornice with scallop drapes and a rococo-style upholstered screen crown the bed. Mirrored accents lend glamour and elaborate Chippendale chairs support the look. This dining room exhibits classic French style with its verdant green and gilt Trumeau mirrors, decadent silk draperies and elegant crystal chandelier. The table and chairs flaunt Queen Anne legs, an English design favored by the French because of the curves. In country French décor, patinas are just as important as fine finishes. In this library, bookcases and wainscoting boast a hand-applied glaze finish that lends an instant sense of age. Neutral tones play up texture over color and with French design, nothing is too matchy. Furnishings and accents transcend time periods and regions as displayed in this living room. Contemporary furniture mixes with the antique pieces and the antique Aubusson rug inspired the room's elegant color palette. The eclectic mix makes the room feel as if it were assembled overtime, a true hallmark of country French design.