Interior design styles: provencal

This warm and sunny area of France is renowned for its stone built buildings, fields of lavender, and honeybees which has been an emblem of the area since the days of Napoleon Bonaparte, as he chose the symbol of a honeybee during his reign. Today the classical rustic interiors of Provence have become a popular interior design style for us to emulate; it may not be endless days of sunshine in the UK but that won't put a dampener on using this style in your home.


Of course colours associated with the region are sky blues, lavenders, sunshine yellows, golden honey with white, however, its also possible to use teal or taupe and still remain relatively true to the traditional colours. Muted ochre or warm sandstone grey are also used and are a superb background for the bolder accents colours.


Wood or wrought iron are seen and these lend themselves beautifully to being used in our modern styled homes. Black wrought iron bedsteads are the most typical of Provence, if you want a something a little modern modern iron canopy beds are currently on-trend. Walnut is used extensively and either highly polished or painted in pale blues and greens and given a distressed finished.


Natural stone floors are one of the key features of this interior design style. Large rugs can be added to help ground a colour scheme and are also a great way to bring pattern into a room, especially if you've opted for the more traditional Provence-style and have plain whitewashed walls.


Natural linen in white or ivory are perfect, toile-de-jouy is also ideal to capture the French style. Look for luxury bedding with scalloped edges or delicate embroidery; quilted bedspreads are also a good choice of bedding and can be used with crisp white sheets to create a chic, yet traditional look. Window Dressing: As with most areas of France external shutters are used and you can get a similar look by using wooden blinds. Inside pretty lightweight curtains or hand-crafted mini net curtains are used, particularly in the kitchen, and hung from café style tension rods or narrow diameter metal curtain poles to co-ordinate with other wrought iron furniture.


Traditional Provence-style homes don't have many accessories, in fact for us they can look rather sparse, but if you're a no nonsense, clutter-free type of person you'll adore the chic simplicity of Provancal.

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