Is it your dream to leave everything behind and escape to the French countryside? Where you can start a new life in a cosy cottage located in a small picturesque village? Unfortunately, for many of us this it isn’t an option, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a taste of the French lifestyle. Instead of relocating, bring France to your home with these French-inspired design ideas.
1. Natural Resources
The use of natural materials is an ideal way to create a rustic feel in your home. Natural stone walls, for example, tend to have muted colours and a subtle texture that really epitomise the warm and intimate country style.
An armoire is perfect for bringing some French flavour to your home and is a versatile piece of furniture that would suit many rooms. It can be used for clothes in the bedroom, towels in the bathroom, crockery in the kitchen or for displaying anything else around the house.
3. Greys and Whites
When it comes to colour, a lot can be achieved just by using grey and white, providing it is applied correctly. The right choice of shading can bring out a room’s rustic qualities, whilst simultaneously making it feel a lot more elegant, especially when combined with wood.
4. Vintage Décor
The inclusion of antiques is great way to add a historical touch to your home, but the right ones will add to the French style you want to achieve. There is a lot of freedom when it comes to choosing antiques but, generally, the more rustic the better.
5. Window Shutters
Window shutters are an essential component for any classic French country house as they are both practical and lend more rural charm. In addition to this, fitting a window seat and decorating it appropriately will further add to the overall image.
6. Toile Patterns
Toile is quite possibly the one pattern that encapsulates classic French styling better than any other. Whilst it will work in any room, it is best suited on furniture so will most likely be seen in the bedroom and living room.
7. Architectural Features
There are certain architectural features that will help accentuate the French look in your home, such as wooden beams, stone fireplaces and arched entrances. Irregular plaster walls add character and when it comes to flooring, stone or brick would be a good choice. Alternatively, old wooden boards also work well.
If you wish to capture France’s cultural side, there is a vast range of decorative objects you can choose from to achieve this. Perhaps the best option would be a vintage piece of artwork, although the right ornament would also work well.
9. Parisian Opulence
It may be the case that you prefer the opulence of a Parisian apartment to a rustic country house. A combination of bright and muted colours along with a mix of modern and classical furnishings, antiques and ornate designs will help you realise this style.