Classic, elegant, ageless; French country can suit many different spaces and exudes a certain beauty that modern styles just don’t have. You might not be able to vacation in the south of France, but you can escape into your very own slice of continental heaven if you choose this style for your home. This type of design is gorgeous without being overstated, so bear that in mind if you’re considering injecting a touch of French flair into your décor. It is simple and should look effortless whilst still being chic – this might seem complicated but try not to overthink it. Consider implementing some of these ideas to bring the countryside of France to you:
1. Gentle Hues
Your color palette shouldn’t be domineering or too bold. Try and stick to families of shades for one area that complement each other. Neutrals tend to be slightly warm still; creamy whites and yellows for example. When it comes to other hues, take inspiration from the countryside with lavenders, pinks, light sky blues and natural greens. You can add hints of stronger colors and patterns within the space by way of furnishings, upholstery, cushions, decorations etc.
2. Fabulous Furniture
This style can be eclectic when it comes to furnishings, but functionality, as well as beauty, should be at the forefront of your mind. Don’t worry if some items seem a little worn, this can add to the character and fits the country style aesthetic well. Not everything needs to match, so peruse through thrift stores to find unique pieces that will be a conversation starter and focal point. Just because something is practical doesn’t mean it has to be unattractive; classic, ornate furnishings are a great choice and you can reupholster furniture if it’s a little on the tired side.
3. Bring the Outside In
A big factor of this style is bringing the outdoors in. No self-respecting home in France would be complete without fresh flowers on show, so you should do the same. Overflowing vases of fresh flowers on surfaces perk up any room or pop some in an old jug or a wicker basket to add a jovial feel to your home. Again, they should commit to the aesthetic of an unfussy appearance, so don’t spend too much time arranging them. Just like the style overall, relaxed beauty is the aim.