Ideas for French Country Interior Decorating

Daisy Ratnasari

French Country is a warm elegant feeling mixed with casual pieces and a little grace. French Country embellishes a lot of distressed or painted furniture, fabrics, wood tones and textured walls. It is old world charm mixed with a little country.

For French Country, you should look for things like cracked wood beams, curved panels, hand-carved decorations and raw material flooring and walls, like stone or bricks. Wrought iron can also be used to enhance the look and fell of a well-organized French Country Interior. Wrought iron can be used as wall decor or use it behind your bed as a headboard. There are many design patterns with Wrought Iron as well. From sides of fences to wall sconces that can be used as decorative pieces.

The next step would be to adorn your house with fabrics. Fabrics in this style have a far range; anything from traditional toile to the industrial feel of burlap & Linen. Use of white monochromatic fabrics is a great look in the traditional French Country theme. Sunny warm colors offer brilliant design patterns as well.

A great idea for an industrial look for the bedroom is to use burlap fabric as a canopy over your bed. This is fairly inexpensive if you use two curtain rods with finials. One is placed at the front of the bed and the other at the foot of the bed with burlap style rope and ceiling hooks. Drape the burlap over the two rods the length of the bed with a little drooping or pooling to the floor on both sides and now you have yourself a canopy.

Other great items that can be used in this look are woven baskets, metal pitchers, weathered garden shelving and Chinese pottery. Additionally, there are many ceramic plates, gorgeous tiles, tablecloths and curtains that have roosters, sunflowers, lavender or whatever you hearts content on it. These all make great accessories for your French Country themed home. If a little French Country flare is all your after; you can look for rustic old furniture, oversized dining room tables with dull waxed or natural finishes will do the trick.

All French Country style homes include flowers into their mix. Fresh flowers are the best; flowers such as lavender, geraniums and sunflowers will make your rooms feel like they are alive. The flowers look great in copper pots, wooden window boxes, glass vases or old metal pitchers. Varieties of multiple colors look the best as well as arrangements not too simple or artificial.

If you only decide to change a few things in your home why not switch to the French Country theme. It’s a beautiful, elegant, glamorous and inviting decorating style that will make your friends want to visit all the time.

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