French Country Decorating Ideas:
French Country Home Decor Made Easy

french country decorating

"What does French country decorating look like in France?"

Take a Virtual Tour to find out!

Then, read on for authentic French country interior decorating info, ideas and inspiration for

  • kitchens,
  • bathrooms,
  • living rooms,
  • bedrooms,
  • accessories.

(The pictures on these pages are my own French country decor photos, of real  French homes.)

French Country Interior Decorating & Design
(The Basics)

French country style: footed fruit bowl
French Country
Home Decor

  • What is  French country decorating?
  • How do you make a room "look French"?

Once you've taken the Virtual Tour, check out the overview on French Country Interior Design for eye-catching country French decorating traits that I've come across in France - particularly in the southern French region of Provence.

Do you have specific questions? Other readers might have asked the same - find out in the French Country Home Decor FAQ. And if you're nowhere near France, read about the DOs and DON'Ts of creating French provincial decor abroad.

If you're on a budget, make sure you read the pages about

ceiling Chenonceau
French Country

These pages are brimful of cheap and simple - but very effective - French country decorating ideas.

The 'shoestring' page also contains a lot of color information for French country decorating. For more French color scheme ideas, visit the dedicated page about  French Country Colors!

French Country Decorating: Bedrooms

French country bedroom
Country French

Country French bedroom furniture is often portrayed as a gray-and-white, cabriole-legged, 18th-century (Louis XV) affair.

This is a stereotype - French Bedroom Design and decorating reality  often looks quite different.
Here are a some examples (with loads of country French decorating photos, of course):

French bedroom with golden 'headboard
Elegant & Shabby
Country Bedrooms

Also, check out the frugal French bedroom decorating ideas on the Creative French Country Decorating page.

So, do you need an armoire  or an antique French vanity with a mirror, or an antique French Country Bed when you're decorating a French country bedroom?  No.  It's a nice touch, but not essential for authentic French country interior decorating.

French Country Living Rooms

French cubbyhole seating in a restored farmhouse
French Country
Living Rooms

French country living rooms are much more rustic and rough around the edges than most people assume.

And given the popularity of Louis XVI-style furniture around the world, you may be surprised that there is very little evidence of this style in French farmhouses!

However, French country living rooms are often elegant, quirky and abundantly beautiful.

Country French Decorating: Bathrooms

French bathroom sink
French Country

There are a lot of "antique" country French bathroom vanities on the market, complete with intricate carving, glamorous gold, and elegant mixer taps.

On the French Country Bathrooms page, you'll find a list of them to buy.

The page also has information about the history of French country bathrooms, and about current trends in French country bathroom decor.

French Country Decorating: Kitchens

french country kitchen
Contry Kitchen

French Country Kitchen Design   is about creating a workspace with a pared-down, low-tech look that uses country French decorating designs, materials and colors for

  • cabinetry,
  • appliances,
  • hardware,
  • wall treatments,
  • flooring, and
  • fabrics.

basket & bowl of garlic
French Country
Kitchen 'Looks'

If you're not looking to do a complete kitchen remodel, the page about French Country Kitchens has lots of ideas for a 'lite' makeover of your current kitchen.

There are many ways to infuse your kitchen with a 'country French' flavor, without having to change too much about the actual cupboards or worktops.

Sometimes a lick of paint, a change of accessories, and new window treatments can do the trick beautifully.

French Country Decorating With Fabrics

French toile & feedsack cushions
French Country
Toile Fabrics

Decorating with Toile de Jouy  can easily create an "instant French" look. It's also easily overdone. This page has more than 40 ideas for pitch-perfect toile  decorating.

Use vintage or antique French Country Fabric for an authentic look. Country French fabric (like hand block printed linen toile)  is often handed down through several generations in a French country home.

French Country Curtains will give your home a relaxed, country French decorating flair.  The page contains lots of ideas for inexpensive, elegant, and very effective country French curtains and drapes.

French Country Interior Decorating
With Neutrals

FREE decorating e-book: Neutral Color Palettes
French Decor

You've probably come across a neutral-colored French country interior decorating style that looks like a cross between French Rococo (Louis XV & early Louis XVI) and modern, Skandinavian or 'coastal' white-painted furniture (pictured below).

The link between mid-18th century French style and this contemporary, faux-rococo, white/gray/beige country French decorating fashion is the Swedish "Gustavian" style.

modern French bergere chair upholstered with grey linen

King Gustav III had a passion for the architecture and decorative arts at the French court (he had traveled to Versailles before ascending to the Swedish throne in 1771).

He promoted the style in his native Sweden, where it was interpreted in a less ornate, lighter manner, and the wood was often painted a pale gray. So all we've done now  is to paint the gray parts white!

Personally, I'm not too keen on this way of "doing" French country home decor. But if you combine the furniture with a pale natural color palette, minimalist accessories and lots of textured materials (like quilted or nobbly cushions/blankets/carpets, straw matting or simple, bleached floorboards), it can look good even in contemporary rooms.

This is a type of French country decorating that's used more outside France than in the country itself. With its 'generic Mediterranean/Gustavian' character, its current use goes well beyond French country decorating.

If you choose to go down this route, you'll need to know how to handle neutral colors.   Unsure about decorating with neutrals? Here's a free e-book full of illustrated color schemes. It shows you ...

  • How to recognize what type of neutral color you need
  • How to mix neutral color palettes
  • Examples of neutral decorating color schemes, and
  • Examples of neutral color palettes with added color.

I need to point out, though, that the book is not about French country decorating with neutrals. It's more general than that. Still, it's eminently usable, and it and comes with a subscription to my (equally free) e-zine, Dream Home News, which goes out every two months.

Check out the e-book, Stylish Neutrals, here - or just go straight to the signup form in the top right hand corner of this page.

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