Finessing your French Country Home

No matter where you reside, tuck yourself away in a French cottage with these effortless details to enhance your period home. Bring natural and ornate features into your interior to resonate an authentic, cosy, rustic charm.

 

Architectural & Period Details

Ensuring the tones of the house stay warm and neutral will bring the cosy feel of a country estate. Rustic features such as worn walls, exposed brick or even a lime wash strip the interior back in time. The time period can also be emulated through architectural features such as arches, corbels, pillars and posts. These can be used in entry ways, hallways, kitchen and cabinetry design. High ceilings with ornate cornicing and moulding ooze luxury and regency. If you are able to design and install or have an existing fireplace, this should be the key focal point of your main living room.

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Furniture

Opulent and sculptural timber furniture mimics the time period and style perfectly with sophistication. Timbers can either be a natural warm finish or a white wash weathered finish. Up-cycling and painting old furniture is also a great way to achieve this look on a budget. Adding in copper patina through handles or any ageing features in furniture or decor hints a pastoral feel. Cosy up on plush sofas and winged armchairs scattered with decorative patterned cushions.

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Décor

Décor is the finishing touches creating identity in a French Country home. Carefully position colourful pottery and ceramics in kitchens and on furniture. Other pieces to style into the space are traditional lamp shades, woven rattan baskets, decorative mirrors and distributed garden floral arrangements. Bringing greenery into the space makes the area homely and alive. Lighting is also a significant in achieving a French home. Chandeliers with hints of timber are perfect for this style and look whimsical in living spaces.

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Upholstery

Decorative, patterned curtains are the essence of a French county living and bedroom. Layering tapestry, upholstered furniture, cushions, rugs and curtains is an essential way of transforming your home into French Country should you not have architectural features existing. This should be done with experience and poise as extensive layering can be overwhelming and crowded.  Bringing in simple linen textures can pare this back yet keep in the theme.

Finessing your French Country Home