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Casual, natural, laid-back, yet elegant, sophisticated, and refined – French Country design style strives to seamlessly blend old and new while still retaining a note of elegance. It is a style that celebrates natural elements, embraces the items from the past and puts them in harmony with modern pieces, with special emphasis being put on comfort and creating a warm, homely feel. With that being said, it is easy to see why many homeowners are totally smitten with French Country decor – it strikes the right balance between elegance and practicality, urban and rustic, old and new. If you’re one of the homeowners looking for a way to capture the beauty of French countryside houses, here, we are listing a couple of decor tips that you can use as a guide for introducing this popular design style into your interiors. Read on to get inspired!

A soft, muted colour palette for subtle elegance

If you take a look at interiors designed with this particular style in mind, you’ll notice that they all rely on a soft, muted colour palette in order to create the perfect backdrop for their antique furnishings and well-worn fabrics. Pastel colours such as warm cream, rose quartz, and baby blue perfectly captures the love for the countryside, and they all work to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in the living space. Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape, French Country decor also makes use of earthy hues such as sage green and summer yellow as a way to breathe life into the interiors while keeping them looking elegant and refined.

 

Detailed patterns for an effortlessly layered look

Since the neutral colour scheme this decorating style often employs needs to be broken up somehow, rich fabrics and textures are incorporated into the home decor as a way of adding visual weight and enhancing the visual interest of the living space. Achieve an effortlessly layered look by adding detailed components and pieces with different textures. French Country decor wouldn’t be the same without its traditional, signature toile, so consider introducing this quintessential print on your headboard, bed linen, or your curtains. Mix it up with printed wallpapers and throw pillows with stripes and a gingham pattern just to add that extra something and achieve the perfect French Country look.

 

Natural elements for a touch of rustic charm

When it comes to decorating in French Country style, natural elements are something you should definitely implement into your interiors. Polished wood floors and detailed woodwork are essential components of this decorating style as they perfectly capture its essence, and that is – the humble comfort and homely atmosphere. Wooden chairs with a gingham print on them would certainly add a touch of rustic charm in your dining area, while country-style barn doors made from natural timber will add character to your living space and create a warm, welcoming vibe. A natural stone wall can be used to add a countryside feel to your interiors, while a coffee table with patina would certainly add to the rustic look of your living space.

Antique decor elements for a refined rustic style

Designing a space that is influenced by this decorating style means implementing items that have a story to tell. Antique items play a vital role in decorating in French Country style, and blending them with contemporary elements is key to adding the vibe of this design style into your interiors without going over the top. Sometimes, you won’t even have to spend much money on getting antique decor elements from expensive stores. Flea market finds and pieces from thrift shops can be quite helpful in achieving the rustic vibe in your living space, and won’t set you back a lot. Hang antique frames on your walls to enrich your vertical spaces and add gilded candlesticks and bird cages to create the perfect mix of old and new.

Vintage furnishings for bringing in French country flavor

This decorating style heavily relies on the use of vintage furnishings as a way of embracing and celebrating imperfections that come with age. One way of bringing in French country flavor into your interiors through furnishings is to include pieces that add to the rustic grace of the interiors while still retaining their small imperfections. A vintage, distressed armoire will go a long way in transforming your living space while still serving a purpose. Use this vintage furniture piece to store all your clothing in your bedroom, or introduce one into your kitchen as a storage solution for keeping your kitchenware on display. Include a big, vintage dining table in your dining room and add a couple of antique chairs to complement the whole rustic, old-world look.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of French Country decor and all the different ways you can incorporate it into your interiors, attaining this design style shouldn’t be a difficult thing to do. Use these tips as a guide for making this decorating style a part of your home and you’ll be well on your way of turning your home in to a dwelling that possesses the charm and grace of a French countryside cottage.

No matter how much time we invest in decorating our home, if we don’t spice things up every now and then, we’ll end up living in an old-fashioned house and using outdated appliances. Even though some things will never go out of style, it’s always a good idea to spice up your current home décor with a few trendy and elegant pieces. Even though many people believe that it takes a fortune to spice up your home décor, that isn’t the case. For people looking for inspiration, we bring you seven innovative décor solutions for your home:

Mirror, mirror

Mirrors are the best – not only do they make a room look more spacious, but they also reflect light at the same time. Another great thing is that you can work with what you have: if you don’t have enough space for an oversized mirror, you can always take several smaller ones in interesting frames and hang them on the wall so that they form a ‘sculpture’. If, on the other hand, you need to lighten up a room, you can simply hang a mirror on the wall opposite a window and angle it so that it reflects sunlight.

Add color

flower decor
Even though white rooms with white walls look clean, they’re also boring. In order to spice up your home, you need to add more color. This doesn’t mean you have to paint the walls or kitchen cabinets, but adding colorful details is a great way to change the appearance of any room. Fresh flowers in colorful vases and colorful pots will look great on both the shelves and dining room tables, glittery throw pillows on the living room sofa look playful, and brightly colored frames will fit in well on your white walls.

Luxurious materials

Sometimes you don’t even have to buy a new piece in order to spice up your home’s look. Instead, you can try doing this by using luxury materials in every room. Start simply: replace old towels in your bathroom with the ones made of Egyptian or organic cotton and bamboo, use faux fur covers for your living room sofa, replace your old chandeliers and lamps with crystal ones, and buy luxurious and expensive bed sheets. Velvet or silk curtains will make the light in your living room look completely different and you won’t have to spend a fortune to get them either.

Statement pieces

statement art pieces
Sometimes it takes only a single thing to change the look of an entire room, and with extravagant and luxurious statement pieces, your home will look great. You can do this with tall statement lamps which you can place in the corner of your living room, a coffee table with hidden storage or space for a potted plant in the middle, or a replica of the original Barcelona set: a Barcelona daybed, ottoman, and a sofa. This will give your home an avant-garde look from the 1920s that many today find elegant.   

DIY heaven

An inexpensive way to brighten up a room is to make something with your own hands and put it up on the wall or on the shelf. You can start by buying a simple white canvas and using thumbtacks to ‘draw’ something on it. You can use silver or gold ones and even combine them to ‘paint’ a picture and give it more depth. Another thing you can do is paint the thumbtacks with nail polish after you finish and even glue glitters with a hot glue gun. You could also try hammering a few nails in the shape of a letter, heart, star, or anything else, and tying a string going from nail to nail to get a little work of art.

When you don’t change things in your home often, you end up with a familiar environment, but it’s also a bit boring. This doesn’t mean that you should redecorate and renovate every couple of months, but when you take time to change little things every now and then, you’ll get a home that always looks modern. The best thing is that you don’t even have to spend a lot of money in order to change the way your rooms look, all you have to do is be ready to get creative.