Walk down any French street and you’ll see sophistication on one corner and rustic charm on the next. From the modern fashion boutiques to the vintage bakeries, everything has its charm.
French provincial style is inviting, personal, and functional yet elegant. Here are a few ways you can introduce French provincial style into your home:
French Inspired Furniture
French provincial furniture is handmade and tends to be sturdy with simple scalloped edges. A side table or a wooden accent chair in this style would be perfect pieces to add to any room. Additionally, you’ll see an armoire in most French provincial homes, probably because they date back to days before closets.
A French touch can be added to any armoire, sideboard, or dresser with a coat of neutral paint and new hardware or crystal knobs. To create an antique look, do a crackle finish, gilt on the trim, or paint the drawers in a coordinating neutral color and sand areas to give a well-used look.
French homes have a level of simple sophistication that is achieved through clean curvy lines, a neutral color palette and elegant accessories.
Put a large, curved edge, and weathered wooden mirror in gold or silver over the armoire or dresser with other mirrors placed around the room to brighten the space by reflecting light. Choose silver/tin accessories, such as a silver pitcher or wire basket, and glass or enamel pieces, such as a domed cake stand enamel jug. To add sophistication to existing furniture or cabinets, add classy molding before painting.
You can add additional touches of sophistication with pieces that have French writing and graphics on them such as a crown, fleur de lis, or bees.
Natural Rustic Elements
Natural elements are prevalent in French provincial homes and will add a rustic feel to any French inspired room. Introduce rustic pieces in the form of wooden bowls or trays, wicker baskets, or rustic wood plank type flooring. These serve as decorative but also functional pieces that can be used for storage or organization.
Natural fabrics are used such as cotton, linen, or burlap. You can incorporate these fabrics by recovering a chair or ottoman, using a duvet cover, creating slipcovers for existing furniture, or bringing in accent pillows.
Whether you go sophisticated, rustic, or a mix of both, you can’t go wrong with the timeless French provincial style.