Parisian style may be high-end and opulent, but French Country décor is certainly a very casual affair that is popular everywhere for its natural, rustic elegance. It conjures up the vision of a sunny vineyard, fresh produce and comfortable farmhouses.
We have a few design tips that are achievable using everyday items that will lead you down a design path and create a perfect blend of comfort and warmth.
This style has an emphasis on weathered and ‘distressed’ woods in natural and blue-green hues, a scattering of vintage novels, rusty and wrought iron metal accents, mis-matched chairs around a big farmhouse dining table, industrial farm equipment, crisp white homewares and crockery, and sunny pops of yellow colour against a neutral base.
French Provincial kitchens contain a happy balance between functional and simple styles. Instead of hiding your everyday ingredients and cooking utensils, pull these items out of your cupboards and fill them in an assortment of mismatched glass jars. You can find these jars in thrift shops and discount stores or start to save up your jam and pasta sauce jars. Accompany them with small, handmade labels tied on with a bit of string and cluster a group together. And nothing is more rustic in the kitchen than the smell and sight of a freshly baked country-style loaf.
In the garden, keep an eye out in your local classifieds for some wrought iron garden furniture. These can be easily re-sprayed or used as they are (rust, dents and all!) to create a relaxed outdoor area. Placing these items centered outside a big glass door or window will mean that you have a lovely framed backdrop from within the house as well.
Take a look through some of our decorating ideas along with some snapshots from our adventures in the French countryside and let the sunny and comfortable French provincial style into your home and garden!