How to Decorate your House in a French Style

French Decor

The traditional French look is one of age, antiquity and warmth. To decorate your house or room in a French style requires a great deal of knowledge, time, care and attention and the task ahead of you should not be underestimated.

The Colours and Patterns

Traditional French style decor, and particularly the decor of the countryside, consists of bright colours such as reds, yellows, blues and greens. You should focus primarily on shades of these main colours when choosing wall papers, ornaments and paintings.

When choosing a suitable pattern for wallpapers, furniture and borders you should go for Toile which is often characterised by a white or cream coloured background featuring delicate and highly intricate patterns that usually contain pastoral, floral, or Chinoiserie themes. Chequered and plaid patterns are also popular.

The Walls and Floors

Traditional French country chic décor features wooden, stone or clay floors, however this can often make the room feel cold and so you may consider adding brightly coloured and patterned rugs to warm up the room a bit.

One option other than wallpaper is to cover the walls in a light coloured plaster coating. This will create imperfections but this is what will give the rustic French feel. If you also have wooded beams this will further enhance the rustic feel.

Furniture and Ornaments

French décor is typically characterized by a prevalence of cupboards, tables, chairs and armoires. In the bedroom you have to have a French Bed which usually feature heavily decorated finishes and heavy metal or wooden frames. Chairs feature plush fabrics of bright colours and all furniture appears to be old. If you are going to decorate your house in this way be prepared to hit the antique dealers and auctions to find what you are looking for.
Common accessories to decorate your French style room or house with include vases and cachepots, woven or wire baskets, copper pots, ceramic pottery, pitchers and all are decorated with traditional motifs and patterns.

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