Country French Decorating Ideas: Authentic French Provincial Decor
30 Country French decorating ideas are 'hidden' in this French provincial house tour of gorgeous homes in Provence and the Loire valley. You'll find the list of 30 style tips from the tour below on this page as well. (Remember to turn your loudspeaker on before entering ;-)
Further to the French provincial house tour above, check out these additional country French decorating ideas & tips:
Country French Decorating Ideas For Doors & Doorways
Tasseled rope (dangling from the wooden kitchen door in a French provincial house)
Ideas to try:
Adorn interior doors with unorthodox items: a beautiful tassel, or something small & shiny that hangs from the doorknob on a colorfully elegant silk ribbon. You could even frame & mount an interesting (antique) find directly onto the door itself. In a French provincial house, doorways can be pure magic.
Display beautiful things above the lintel as well, e.g. porcelain plates, pictures, ornaments. They don't need to be large, imposing pieces - a small tile or plate is usually perfect. You'll find plenty of ideas for French style doorway decorating on the page about French wall art, plus a list of (slightly whacky) ideas in the article about French country interior design. This is a lovely, fun thing to do, and you can't really go wrong! For super stylish French provincial decor, try black 'toile' dinnerware!
Place a large ornamental terracotta urn (with or without a plant) near the foot of a flight of stairs or to the side of a doorway.
Tile mounted wall lamp in a French provincial house
Ideas to try:
Keep the rooms simple - in French style homes, the beautiful things get a lot of breathing space. Create oases of tranquility by keeping surfaces largely free of clutter.
Use French text for labels or inscriptions where appropriate. For example, if you make food preserves, write the labels in French and make them poetic :-)
Use some gold in a room - a stripe at chair rail height or under the crown moulding can add just the right amount of French glamour. (Caution: do NOT do this if the dominant metal color in the room is silver!) Check out some 'golden' country French decorating ideas on the page about designer French country bedrooms.
Country French Decorating Ideas For Artsy Displays
French style decor: cut-glass cloche over seashells on a side table
Ideas to try:
If you have loads of pictures that work well as a group, use up a whole wall and hang them all the way to the ceiling.
Show off one fine piece (e.g. a porcelain vase) against a plain background, or combine it with several inexpensive, single-color ones to show off the 'star'.
Exhibit beautiful kitchen objects in the kitchen or dining room. Baking dishes with gorgeous shapes are great - if you focus on round shapes, you could also stir a few rustic dried wreaths into the mix.
Assemble a collection of treasures on a small side table for display in a hallway (underneath a mirror or picture) or in a corner of the room.
Group similar things: colors, shapes, themes. (One French matchbox on its own may not be desperately convincing, but 30 different ones, all colorful, presented in a box frame, amount to genuine wall art).
Country French Decorating Ideas For Floors & Walls
Country French style decor for the floor: encaustic tiles.
Ideas to try:
If you have colored walls, paint your light switches & switchplates the same color to 'disappear' them visually (clear switchplates are an alternative, but I find them a bit too snazzy for country French style decor).
Use unusual items to hold up a wall shelf, or as bookends, or as doorstops. (Here's a lovely idea from a Tuscan style bathroom!)
For a beautiful Mediterranean-style floor (e.g. in the conservatory), create a central 'area rug' of encaustic tiles and surround them with solid-color ones (or with stained concrete flooring).
Line a splashback with small mosaic tiles (great for uneven walls in old houses!) - simple cast washbasins look great tiled as well.
Essential for French style homes: Handmade ceramic plates & bowls
Ideas to try:
If you have white crockery, throw in a few colored pieces that are not part of the set. Don't be slavish about matching colors.
Have something on your table that rises above the rest - a footed bowl, a crystal cakestand.
Have your nicest china on view always. Hang some plates on the wall if that works in your home.
Use beautiful things in your daily life: special bowls or plates, a fine spoon. Surround yourself with beauty - particularly in small things - as much as you can. (More about that on the 10 Top Tips page!)
Create a daybed from a single mattress wrapped in an old quilt or covered in a rugged, textured fabric. Accessorize with overstuffed cushions in loosely matching fabrics (some toile de Jouy but not all ... try to err on the side of simplicity!)
Plant an indoor 'flowerbed' in a large, securely lined wicker basket.
Find an antique garden gate to use as metal wall art on the back patio. (If it looks unremarkable, hang flowerpots from it, Italian-style).
Not everyone has outside space to their homes. Create an 'outdoorsy' spaceinside - with garden furniture, modular decking tiles, or plants.
Yet more country French decorating ideas - check out this 'library' I have put together for you (in partnership with Amazon.com):
Provence, home of painters and poets, is a hotspot of country French decorating ideas.
French Wall Art makes for easy French provincial decor. (You can choose to buy it - or just fake it :-)
Decorating With Toile, there's always a danger of overdoing it. But it can look great! Here are 40+ tips & tricks to help you get it right.
For a 'lite' kitchen makeover à la française - just a little French flavor - check out the page about
French Country Kitchens.
Neutral Color Schemes - The
Book: Learn about using neutral color palettes in French style homes. Understand what makes
neutral color schemes look their best, and what happens when you inject 'real' color into neutral color palettes.
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