One of the best types of French interior design is their old antique country charm, where old world style and elegance meets and blends with comfort and simplicity. It is a style that will always be timeless and this means you won’t have to be constantly updating it to fit in with the different ever changing style trends. The best part is, you won’t need to spend a small fortune to transport your modern home into a French country dream house as you can easily replicate this elegant style simply by changing these few elements in your modern home.
Change Your Colour Scheme
The French like to use soft colours and patterns as part of their colour pallet and it never fails them. These huey tones make a home feel immediately relaxing, a perfect escape from the chaos of our usual busy lives. Try to choose colours like periwinkle blue, slate grey, golds and rich creams and combine these with softer accents using textures like lace to add that elegant finish. Often French country homes are just neutral with large pieces of white furniture with coloured accents added discreetly for simplicity.
Add Luxury Furniture
The French country style is always filled with cosy pieces of furniture where comfort is the most key aspect of a home. Furniture is often well plumped with lots of cushioning, so go for this kind of furniture instead of the usual hard modern furniture design. The luxury feeling will turn your home into a cosy and inviting place to live. Sometimes furniture can also look rustic in French country homes, for example having a dark woody dining table combined with plush seating really captures this desirable country charm. Wrought iron and rustic metal furniture pieces will also add some of this charm to your home as well, even just a few antique candleholders on your dining table will look fabulously French.
Whitewash and Distressed Interior
If you have any pieces of wooden furniture in your home, you could distress it yourself by sanding it down and battering it a little. Or you could go to an antique furniture shop or charity store to find some hidden gems! Whitewashed furniture holds a lot of French country charm, especially if you have some French doors opening up into your garden. The doors could start off being modern with parliament hinges but you could transform them into your perfect entrance for a French country dream house by destroying them a little and painting them using whitewash. If you have bare brickwork in your home or even outside, you could whitewash them as well as this look is hugely popular for a French country styled house.
Shabby Chic Decorations
There is no other real competitor for making your home feel more like a country home nestled in the depths of France other than shabby chic decorations as these have the most dramatic effect. For example, having an antique wall plaque, lamp or letter rack will really add to the French flare and authentic-ness of your home. There are lots of pretty trinkets and accessories you could add and these can often be bought second hand at a good price!
Your charming French country home is only a few steps away…