At Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing, we’re experts in interior decoration, and we’re prepared to highlight a new interior decor style every month to help our clients understand their options and visualize the space of their dreams. Our first style: rustic yet elegant French country.
Linen, Ruffles, and Warm Tones
The rustic side of French country style favors natural materials, such as the wood plank flooring (seen underneath the side table) and the natural linen used for the bedspread, pillow shams, bed skirt, and canopy.
But don’t assume that this style’s love of the natural means that it likes to keep things simple: Embellishment is typical of French country decor, which is why all the pillows on the bed feature ruffles. Tying everything together are neutral, warm tones, a staple of this decor.
A lot is going on in this living room, and that’s typical of French country. The curtains, flowers, mirror, clock, topiary, angel statue, ornate books, and chandelier prove that less is definitely not more with this type of decor.
Patterns are also important, and especially gingham, which you’ll see in the gray and white curtains. Schnauzers may be German, but we think this one makes a nice addition to the room’s French country theme.
Antiques and Botanicals
Vintage items and antiques are at home in French country spaces, and particularly so in this romantic French country bathroom. The clawfoot tub, gold gilded mirror, antique dresser, and vessel sink turned old-fashioned wash basin immediately immerse you in the French provinces.
French country decor often includes botanical themes as well, incorporated here with the floral mural on the dresser and the various plants.
Lines That Flow
Clean lines have nothing to do with French country — with this style, it’s all curved edges to create a softer, flowing feel. The rounded chandelier, wreath, mirrors, lamp bases, bed headboard, sofa, and coffee table in this room are perfect examples.
Mix of Styles
The great thing about French country is that it’s not rigid: It allows you to mix rustic elements like this exposed brick wall with elegant antiques, like these matching side tables. A simple metal bed frame sits right underneath an ornate beaded chandelier, and yet the combination works effortlessly. This gives you more freedom when decorating your home, so you can have more fun when choosing pieces.
Is French country the decor for you? Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing can help you create this look in your home with a number of different services: Reupholster or refinish your existing furniture to give it a French country look, work with us to custom-design the perfect pieces, or shop our premade furniture ready for purchase at our showrooms. Whatever route you take, one of our in-house custom interior decorators will be happy to make recommendations and even visit your home to help bring your dreams of the French countryside to life.
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