Decorating your home in Classic French Style
Are you looking to get the classic French style in your home, well don’t worry you don’t have to speak French to get the style. It’s not hard to get the style, there’s no need to hire French interior designers just take a look at the following directions. Who knew that used, worn, imperfect but beautifully architectural elements and accessories are what French country style is about. They don’t have to have sleek lines, fine china or grey, white, and black colors. They have chunky wood tables, flowers, brightly patterned couches, curtains and pillows styled after the look of Provence, which borders the Mediterranean Sea.
To get the French look at your home, you should look for things like cracked wood beams, curved panels, hand-carved decorations and raw material flooring and walls, like stone or bricks. Uneven plaster walls or raw distressed wood can also give you the French Country atmosphere. In the style having a spider crack in the paint or slight discoloration of the paint just adds character. So don’t fret about fixing all those imperfections. Some architectural features are shutters for your windows, narrow deeply cut windowsills, and striped fabric awnings over windows, which prevents the heat from escaping.
There is also another option if you just want a little bit of French flair to your home without too much change to you’re walls and floors. You can look for rustic furniture, oversized rectangle or round wooding dining room tables with a dull waxed or natural finish. Dining room chairs have a ladder back style or vertical slats to it. You can look for curved or boast carved designs chairs and round tables in the woodwork. Also, large armoires go well with the theme, giving you a place to store dishes, linens clothes or whatever you desire.
The next step would be to adorn your house with fabrics and accessories. You should use toile material, gauzy linen or cotton, in white, cream or yellow with bright contrasting colors. You can choose themes like monkeys, eighteenth-century courting scenes and Chinese patterns that are dominate French designs. Also look for large, thickly woven baskets, chunky clay or old metal pitchers, iron garden shelving units, and Chinese pottery all fit in with the French theme. You can get ceramic plates, tiles, tablecloths, and curtains that have either roosters, sunflowers, lavender or beetles.
The final touches would be flowers. Fresh flowers would be ideal, flowers such as lavender, geraniums, and sunflowers are great to give you the French country style you’re looking for. You can put the flowers in copper pots, window boxes, glass vases, rusty/distress vases or old pitchers. You should use a variety of colors and make the arrangements not too simple or stylized. Another country French look is natural grasses. It doesn’t matter if you want to go all out or just change a few things in your house to achieve the French country look. You can use any of these ideas to get a little Provence country into your house.