Friday, September 16, 2011

What Is Your Style ? -French Country-

One of my favorite styles, French Country. The combination of antique furniture, soft tone colors along with natural elements makes the french country living cozy,  elegant, charming and romatanic while adding an old-world feel to it. The look is completed with a big bouquet of flowers somewhere in the room, and , of-course, the rooster.

How to get the look :

1 - The over-all look is rustic, welcoming and charming with natural color palette and distressed wood.
2 - Colors used are inspired by the french country landscape : yellow, blue ,green and red
2 - Rusted iron or gilded metal used in furniture, chandelier, stair railing , accessories and door hardware
3 - The flooring is made of natural materials like stone , terra-cotta , brick and wood. The wood used is oak,  fruitwood ,walnut and mahogany and is usually not or lightly stained.
4 - The walls are painted pale colors with a textured finish and wood panels to give the room an antique look.
5 - The fabrics typically used in French Country are : Boutis, toile,  indienne, natural linen and cotton.
6 - Window treatments are simple and the fabrics used are pale in color.
7 - Lighting : Crystal chandelier and wall scones.
8 - Antique and rustic furniture are mixed with polished and elegant pieces.A popular furniture in French Country design is an armoire with open shelves.
9 - Wood beams on the ceiling can be used as an architectural element . They are usually left in their natural colors to add contrast against the pale walls.
10- Accessorize the room with copper pots , the famous ceramic rooster,  baskets and some wood pieces.

Tips :

 - Some popular French Country motifs that can be on pictures , fabrics and table clothes are  flowers , beetles and ofcourse , the rooster.

- Choose colorful fabric against the light furniture frame for a more casual look.

- To add a modern twist, mix fabrics with strips and geometrical patterns.

This french country livingroom is all elegance and charm with its rustic armoire , furniture, stone fireplace, gilded chandelier and accessories.

The dark oval dining table adds a beautiful contrast to the lighter french chairs and silk drapes. 

This daybed and the different fabrics , including checkered, stripped and toile, are typical in french country design.

From the moment you enter this house, you'll feel the welcomed with the soft tones and white & curvy furniture  

The wood beams on the ceiling, iron chandelier  and the Indienne & checkered fabrics makes this room cozy and charming.

The modern lighting makes this french country console more contemporary.

A leather chair and contemporary chandelier & accessories is added for a modern twist in this french country room. The toile fabric on the couch and the terra-cotta flooring adds the homey feeling in this space.

Here are some rooms inspired by the french country style :

What do you think of the French Country style ?

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  1. I love the French Country Style, but missing have a space like in photos to decor, my home is smaller...

  2. The smaller the house ,the cozier it is :)

  3. Very elegant. The dining room table is especially nice.

  4. Beautiful...but don't be afraid to use picture files of larger images are pixelating

  5. I LOVE anything and everything about French Country! Thanks so much for the tips,pointers, and beautiful gallery of images you gave us. I can't wait to add some more of these elements to my home. I would also like to read your blog in English. A True Fan, Renee K. Smith, Fleur de Lis Gifts, Collectibles & Antiquities.

  6. Thanks . But Renee, my blog is in English :)

  7. Love the 1st dining room, where could I find it?? Especially the chairs????

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  9. i dont know as i got this pic from the intrnet. but if you really love the look, dont hesitate to go to a furniture antique shop. you will find many many similar looks. a fresh coat of paint or stain and some reupholster will do wonders and give you the look you might also find similar looks , but much more costly in furniture shops.

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