Decorating your home in the French Country Design is as easy as strolling through one of the scenic villages of southern France. Color is always basic to the design in a French country home and there are a wealth of colors from which to draw in this decorating scheme. Sunny yellows, golds, rusts, reds, blues and lavender are often used in combination with each other. Of course, toile is the fabric of choice. (The word “toile” means “fabric” in French.) Toile is usually a cotton fabric with a white background and a repeated print done in a contrasting color, usually encompassing a country scene or farm animals. Don’t be afraid to mix plaids with your toile and floral fabrics in this design; that is just part of the charm of French Country Design.
Furniture is always rustic and well worn, providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere to the French country home. Wood floors or stone floors are very common and fireplaces are usually in stone with a brick hearth. Don’t forget to hang a few copper pots and other wooden and copper utensils alongside the fireplace. French Country walls are usually plaster and appear to be quite uneven. You don’t want a “professional” look, but instead, a very rustic quality to the wall.
Flowers in vases and baskets should be scattered about the room and should also be seen growing up trellises outside and bursting out of flower boxes beneath the shuttered windows. And don’t forget to tie up a few sprigs of lavender and place them about the room as well. This adds so much charm to any room.
A rustic, wood dining table should be set with mismatched pottery instead of fine china. The dishes, placed on a mix of solid colored, floral and plaid place mats should be bright and colorful. Chairs could be done in woven cane seats or solid wood which is well worn, adding to the rustic charm of the home. The dining room and kitchen should contain an abundant supply of ceramic roosters or pigs in any form, such as on canisters and salt and pepper shakers. Larger ceramic pieces can be found resting quietly in the corner of the room. Smaller ceramic pieces and glass jars should adorn the window sills. Rustic wooden storage bins for potatoes and other items add a note of country charm to this French Country kitchen.
Beautiful hand-woven cloth rugs could be scattered throughout the living space in a French country home, while lace curtains are tied back with lavender ribbons with scented sachets attached. This will add charm to your French Country home.
Yard sales are great places to pick up a variety of accent pieces for your French Country home. Look for baskets in all sizes and shapes and fill them with cascading bouquets of flowers. Purchase old wine bottles in a variety of colors to display on the top of your cabinets as a collection. French Country Design is growing in popularity so you can find many choice pieces as you scour yard sales, flea markets and antique shops.
Cast iron roosters and skillets are also great flea market finds. While curtains with rooster borders and dish towels with a rooster motif can be found in any home decor shop.
Just allow your own design sense to direct you in this warm, rustic, French Country Design theme. Your home is sure to say “Welcome” “Bienvenue” in any language!