French Country combines the elegance and glamour of French style with rustic and Old World elements. It shares similarities with the Shabby Chic style of decorating, since the latter often incorporates hints of French décor. However, French Country style places greater emphasis on Old World furniture and light fixtures. The style of French Country originated in the villages of southern France. The color palette resembles the landscape of Provence, France, such as sunny yellow, shades of blue, hunter green, bright red, and burnt orange. However, there is no definite color palette for French Country. Overall, the feeling of the room should be rustic elegance. The following are ideas of how to incorporate French Country into any space.
Toile de Jouy is a fabric pattern that features pastoral scenes, often found in blues or greens with white. This is the ideal pattern for toss pillows and a comforter to invite French Country to the bedroom. Other options for linens include silks and damask patterns.
French Country uses Rococo style or bombé, which consists of ornate, curvy furniture. These elements incorporate a feminine touch to a room. Ensure to balance femininity and masculinity in any room to create a harmonious ambience. Distressed and rustic woods are also used in French Country decorating, and it is the combination of the two that truly defines the style. In addition, gilt accents are often found in French Country décor.
Think distressed cabinetry for the kitchen. Rustic and ornate hardware trumps sleek and modern for kitchen cabinets (as well as throughout your home. Cabinets are often painted in creams and even bright colors. Add glamour to your kitchen by using ornate and luxurious china and containers (think silver and French porcelain). A candelabrum on a rustic kitchen table resembles the balance of rustic elegance.
Baskets and wooden crates are used in French Country style. Just as other features, storage also contains distressed elements. However, you may also include ornate chests to find a balance between the rustic and ornate.
Use chandeliers throughout your home to add a hint of glamour to an already rustic room. Chandeliers can be placed in unorthodox places, such as the kitchen, bedroom closets, and office. Old World sconces and lamps can also be incorporated into the French Country style.