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Interior design Styles: French

Romance combined with elegance and comfort are the hallmarks of s. Pale colours for wall, coupled with floaty fabrics and an abundance of delicate accessories will give you a French inspired interior.

If you’re adopting a French style from a specific region of France you’ll be able to use lavender for Provençal regions along with cut glass for cake stands and picture frames. Provençal French kitchens typically have range style cookers paired with granite or slate worktops.

Fabrics and textiles:

Floaty voile panels are ideal as a simple, yet stylish, window dressing, other fabrics include the use of silk, and satin for upholstery and soft furnishings. Quaint chickens or bunches of lavender are used as motifs and are perfect for creating a French styled country kitchen.

Lighting:

The French adore chandeliers and you’ll find them even in the most humble of country and city homes.

Furniture:

Elegantly carved furniture which has velvet upholstered seat pads and backs are included in most rooms, along with wrought iron painted white or cream. Wrought iron bedsteads with beautiful lightweight duvet covers in pretty pastels are ideal for bedrooms.

Flooring:

Wooden or tiled floors in pale creamy colours are used throughout France. During the Summer they are perfect for helping to keep homes cooler and in the winter area rugs are used to take the chill off. Choosing rugs direct will enable you to choose colours and patterns to compliment your colour scheme. In bathrooms black and white chequered tiles are used to compliment both new and older styles.

Colours:

Colour schemes are predominantly pale as this helps to keep homes looking cool. Pastel shades of lavender, blue and greens are also used. In the past you were able to tell which region of France you were in by the colour of the external shutters, however, today few homes stick to this tradition.

Windows:

External shutters are used on the ground floor rooms throughout France to help keep homes cool, as such many homes don’t use a curtain or drapes internally as they rely solely on the shutters for privacy. Lightweight curtains are used sometimes in living and dining rooms, while bedrooms which don’t have external shutters, have medium weight curtains in brocade, damask or Jacquard fabrics or made to measure blinds; Venetian styles closely resemble shutters.

Accessories:

The French are very family orientated and include photographs of loved ones and relatives in the homes. Many French homes border on Shabby Chic with collections of porcelain plates and old coffee grinders being seen in dining rooms and kitchens.

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