The Cosmopolitan fabric collection at Terry’s is something of a conundrum. It is bright yet relaxing, its lines and shapes are definite yet soft- this really is an interesting fabric to attempt to sum up. And to add further confusion, despite being named after the word used to sum up all that is city living, it is my humble opinion that the whimsical, cheery nature of this playful fabric range means it would be best used in a much more relaxed and slow paced setting- one that has a place for non-conformists and allows for a little electiveness.
I can think of no other style that more successfully throws together a mish-mash of fabrics, styles, slow beating rustic charm and a carefully manicured don’t-care attitude and comes out with a product so perfectly formed than the French Country style.
Country French design has emerged from the scenic villages of the south of France to become one of the most popular styles of interior design around the world. The look is casual, inviting, and fuss-free – the charm lies in the rustic feel of the furniture and accessories and the easy, cheerful combination of colours. Country French interior design can work for anyone, on any kind of budget. Keep these tips in mind to turn relaxing in your home into a daily vacation in Province.
Colour is of course important in any interior design plan you have, and this is especially true of Country French style. The colours most associated with Country French are soft, foamy greens, bright yellows and golds, rust, red, and splashes of blues, pinks, and lavender purple. These colours create a bright and cheery environment while allowing the natural rustic wood and rod iron features associated with Country French furniture to shine through.
It is common within this style to see mixing and matching of colours and prints that might not be obvious, or might even be frowned upon in other schools of interior design. Mix a floral with a plaid and give it not a moments thought!
The emphasis for furniture is on the rustic feel – it doesn’t have to be perfect – in fact the more lived in, the better! You should look for furniture that is low gloss and natural looking. Dark woods are often used, as are pieces that have been stripped and painted an off-white or soft green colour.
Wrought iron and distressed metal are also an important part of the Country French ideology. Look for wrought iron or distressed lamps, tables, and clocks.
Accessorizing is a breeze with Country French, given the recent upsurge in popularity of the style. Roosters are to found in just about every guise imaginable, from salt and pepper shakers and pitchers to door stops. Search out your local antique shops and flea markets for treasures like French apothecary jars, pseudo-French train station signage, and even furniture. Remember, the emphasis is on casual and welcoming, so a few imperfections only make your style even more convincing.
No Country French home would be complete without flowers. Any kind of flowers you like will work well here, but don’t forget to include a bunch of lavender here and there to really get the feel of the French countryside.