Rustic yet chic, French provincial continues to be a popular choice for creating a room that combines sophisticated touches with casual fabrics and accessories with a timeworn patina. Even though French country or French Provence is a variant of shabby chic style, it is less the decorating style and more the way of living.
The color palette of a French provincial home is inspired by the landscape. Soft white, muted gray, pale pink, and faded green all have a place in a French provincial interior.
Fabrics tend to be cottons and linens, with linen being particularly popular, inspired by old French linens. Pure whites, as well as worn or bleached out pastel colors are favorites. Fabric is often stained with tea to give it the look of old fabric. Bleached and faded are terms often applied to the style. Vintage floral patterns with pastel colors, cotton ticking patterns, or linen in earth tones, are all typical of French country style.
Other popular decor items are pillows made of vintage fabric, vintage linens, worn bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses in the design. If we talk about fabrics, then the roses might be lilac, white or red. Matching kitchen linens, such as matching tablecloths and table runners, or place mats and hostess apron, will add a beautiful accents and make your decoration style flow.
Keep to soft florals and classic stripes if you’re feeling the need to add contrast to all those muted tones, and don’t skimp on fabric when it comes to curtains. Fold upon fold of curtains deliver a lavish look, and feel free to design curtains long enough that they pool onto the floor.
One of the main features of French country style is room continuity.
Your kitchen, decorated in French country style, should tie in with the other rooms – a cohesive theme echoed throughout the house is a must if you want to pull off this look successfully. Bedspreads, decorative pillows in French provincial style, table runners that are great for entry way tables, low book shelves, dining tables, or other surfaces of your home, beautiful napkins with French lace – all of this can tie your interior together and make it cohesive.
French Provence style, also sometimes known as farmhouse or French country style and very similar to Shabby Chic, is a very forgiving, warm, and friendly décor style to have. Many people are drawn to shabby chic styled spaces because they not only embrace imperfection, but they celebrate them.
French country style – it is a synonym for warmth and comfort, lightness and poetry that embodies the traditions and family heirlooms. Many would agree that French Provence is not just a style, it’s a way of life.