French country décor is all about elegance and ease, a refined take on country life and the art of living that the French have perfected over centuries and the rest of the world never ceases to try and emulate.
French country décor tends to skew more traditionally feminine than the modern farmhouse style that is ubiquitous in the U.S. today. But the best modern French country décor is eclectic and livable, reflecting the contemporary desire to embrace the rustic beauty of natural materials and the timeless charms of everyday objects as a salve against an increasingly complicated and digital world.
Whether your French country escape fantasy involves a Provençal farmhouse with a view of lavender fields outside the window, a rustic thatched cottage in Normandy, or a provincial chateau, here are some ideas to help you transport the charms of the French countryside to your own doorstep.
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Wood Beams and Stone
This light and airy study at Patina Farm designed by Giannetti Home has exposed stone, brick, and raw wood framing the French doors that flood the space with light and connect it to the outdoors. A wooden French country style desk with a vintage industrial task light and a well worn leather club chair add texture and history to the space.
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Vintage Cafe Table
French interior designer Vanessa Scoffier sought to create a French country house vibe in the common spaces at Paris’ Hotel Henriette. This dreamy urban courtyard is transformed with a vintage metal café table and chairs, a pitcher full of wildflowers, and an outdoor mirror and industrial lighting to create atmosphere both day and night.
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In this spacious bathroom at Patina Farm designed by Giannetti Home, a French vintage-style double sink vanity is painted greige, with heavy linen curtains in lieu of cupboard doors. Vintage lighting and bronze plumbing fixtures add warmth, and a simple mirror reflects the garden outside.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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The Art of Cooking
Sheila at Maison de Cinq added some French country style to a modern kitchen by decorating the shelf above the oven hood with a rustic breadboard and a piece of unframed vintage art. Copper cookware and vintage storage containers enhance the French country-inspired feel.
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Mix and Match
French country décor isn't about sticking to one style or period, but selecting artfully mismatched furniture and décor that looks assembled over time. Interior designer Vanessa Scoffier paired floral wallpaper with an upholstered antique chair, a midcentury modern side table, a vintage hat box and a simple arched mirror at Paris’ Hotel Henriette.
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Louis XVI Bar Stools
Anita Joyce at Cedar Hill Farmhouse brought French style to an American kitchen with Louis XVI-style upholstered bar stools and a pair of French chandeliers hung over the kitchen island.
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Whether you're decorating with French lavender and sunflowers or cacti and fiddle leaf fig trees, grouping plants in woven baskets on the floor creates a laid back country-chic indoor garden that can work in any space, like this room by French interior designer Vanessa Scoffier at Paris’ Hotel Henriette.
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Highlight Everyday Objects
French country décor celebrates and elevates everyday objects. To add some authentic French country flavor in your own space, choose objects like repurposed glass jugs and an olive wood cutting board from Provence.
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Courtney at French Country Cottage created a reading corner by painting the wall and built-in bookshelf in a dark tone that contrasts with the white flooring and fireplace mantel. An upholstered chair, antique candlesticks, and a gilded mirror over the fireplace add some French glam.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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French Country Modern
Interior designer John McClain has infused a traditional American eat-in kitchen with elements that might be found in a French provincial home, such as a chandelier over the dining table in the breakfast nook, Louis XVI-style upholstered chairs, and an antique-style decorative wall clock.
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An easy way to incorporate some French country style into any space is by using architectural salvage such as this lovely door, which has been stripped of its finish, at at Patina Farm designed by Giannetti Home. An unfinished door has a modern look that complements the original hardware.
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Courtney from French Country Cottage used a tall French armoire with glass-front doors to create some French country-inspired storage in a spacious bathroom.
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Anita Joyce at Cedar Hill Farmhouse created a bedroom vanity in the space between two windows by pairing an upholstered Louis XVI chair with an antique desk. A gilded Louis Philippe mirror and a pair of ornate sconces anchor the space.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Old School Romance
This classically romantic bedroom from Courtney from French Country Cottage has vintage French furniture, crisp bedding, airy curtains, and a large sparkling chandelier.
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A long outdoor table surrounded with weathered French folding garden chairs and set with a weighty vintage linen tablecloth, glassware, and dishware is all it takes to create an alfresco meal worthy of a summer day in Provence.
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French Country Kitchen
With interiors designed by Giannetti Home, Patina Farm in Ojai, CA is inspired by the country homes of Europe. This spacious kitchen has the hallmarks of a French farmhouse—with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, tile flooring, and a rack of copper pots and pans over the stove—plus the generous space and large windows of a modern California home.
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French Country Shelfie
If you want to add a little French country to your space without redecorating the whole room, start small with a vintage or antique shelf to create a vignette that can change with time. Here French interior designer Vanessa Scoffier created a little shrine to French country style with a vintage gold-framed painting, a vintage mirror and perfume bottle and a modern paper cube light garland at Paris’ Hotel Henriette.