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French Country Warmth

There are many elements which contribute to the French Country style home, but undoubtedly the main ingredient is a large helping of rustic charm. French Country style with its warm and casual feel, fits snugly into absolutely any home, and due to its jaunty almost thrown together feel, it doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Colour is important in the French Country home. Sunny yellow and soft gold, fiery red and burnt rust, bright grass green and dark hunter green, cobalt blue and soft ocean tones are found in this wonderful decorating style. Create a vibrant backdrop for your décor by choosing one of these joyful shades.

Another vital element in French Country style is the use of natural elements. Rough stained or painted plaster walls, hefty beamed ceilings and walls, delicate carved wood details, and chair seats woven of rush give texture and simplicity to the look. Natural stone floors are covered with wool or cotton rugs. Tiles, either stone or ceramic, clay or brick should also be used liberally. Herbs, copper pots, and iron accessory pieces are great for decorating the kitchen.

Furniture should be hand carved and a little roughness around the edge can, in this set-up be considered bonus rather than a worry. No room decorated in the French Country style would be without an armoire to store pots and pans, clothing, bed or bath linens, or tableware. A large dining table complete with ladder-back dining or occasional chairs with rush seating should be the focus of any kitchen or dining room Chairs are either ladder-back style or have vertical slats, often with rush seating.

Typical of French Country interiors are pieces with contrasting texture and colour. Colourful Provencal printed furniture fabrics are set against checked or striped curtain fabrics. Wave eyelet curtains with there naturalistic patterning and old pole hung style would work perfectly in this delightful scheme.

Deeply cut window sills hold tall, narrow windows look particularly good with vertical blinds. Shutters close to keep the hot sun out in the summer. Windows and doorways are encircled with wildly growing vines.

Traditional French country products and motifs include roosters, olives, sunflowers, grapes, lavender, and beetles. The designs are often arranged in regular intervals, bordered by a wide panel of the motifs in different scale. This is typical for textile products such as tablecloths and curtain panels. Toile is a traditional design for French Country fabrics. A white, cream, or yellow ground has large motifs in a single contrasting color, such as black, blue, red, or green. Toile themes include farm animals, monkeys and Chinese patterns, bucolic country scenes, or courting scenes of the 18th century. Most toile patterns are printed on linen or cotton.

Finish off your rooms with chintzy pieces like woven wicker baskets, colourful ceramics and glassware, carved wood pieces, and Chinoiserie pottery, natural grasses and most importantly, lots of flowers.

Not only is the result of a French Country style makeover a delight to live in, it is a lot of fun to create. Instead of the usual dull DIY stores, Sunday afternoons will be spent in dusty old antique shops or village fairs leaving your bank balance high and your stress levels low. Don’t believe me? Give it a go and prepare to be amazed- all notes of thanks may be sent directly to the site.

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