French Country Decor

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French country decor embodies the beauty of traditional French-inspired designs that are either refurbished or replicated. Simple furniture pieces, candle holders and vintage books adorn distressed side tables and chipped white mantles. Old-fashioned rose prints and weathered trellises bring a sense of the French countryside indoors. Decorating a home with a French country theme can be inexpensive by using replicates or expensive if using authentic French antiques.

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Wall decor

When it comes to adding the French country look to a home or living space, a wall provides a welcoming space to be able to showcase treasures and finds. Utilise antique or distressed frames for black and white photography of old world France. French signs with quotes such as "Fleurs Plumes" and "Nouveau Vintage" are welcoming accents for walls. Signs can be created using old barnwood, stripped and painted in white with black lettering. Garden trellises can be brought indoors and hung on the wall to add a decorative touch. Lace-edged china plates make great focal points, carefully hung by vintage French ribbons on a bare white wall. A trellis can be painted antique gold to hold vintage French photographs and postcards. Candle sconces can be placed on the wall and usually display a chipped paint finish.

Table and shelf accents

Utilising table and shelf decor into a French country inspired home adds contrast and character to the surrounding area. Shelves typically consist of whitewashed wood with bold crown mouldings in ornate and distinguished designs. Etched glass canisters are great accessories that are very reminiscent of French country decor. Fresh cut flowers can be placed in the canisters and displayed on shelves and windowsills, creating a colourful display any time of the year. Distressed painted finials add character and French charm, a welcoming reminder of the old style craftsmanship of French country cottages. French-inspired table clocks are very sought after in French country decor. Small clocks painted white or black with white faces are highlighted in gold trim.

Furniture

Furniture in the French country home can also serve as a decorative accent. Side chairs such as French reproduction bergère's and ottoman's offer overstuffed French-lined fabric situated on a whitewashed wooden frame. Reminiscent of Queen Anne styled chairs, this look adds femininity and charm to any corner nook. Dainty French-inspired writing tables are great French decor accents. On the table, display a book of vintage French art, antiquarian books and old-fashioned paperweights.

Where to Find French Country Decor

There are several places where you can find French country decor. The first place to look is at flea markets and speciality boutiques that specialise in the French country designs or shabby chic. Online websites such as Layla Grayce and Sadie Olive offer a wealth of reproduction items including prints, furniture, linens, glassware, china and rugs. Online auction sites such as Christies, specialises in one-of-a kind French antique finds that are of heirloom and collectable quality.

Colours

Toile-inspired designs, those that are enriched with background designs such as picnic scenes, flowers or gardens are standard designs for French country decor. Many walls and wallpapers have white or cream backdrops and then are printed off in reds, blues or blacks. Most French country colours are light pastels with bold-coloured highlights in the decor. Highlights of gold in combination with rusted metals make for another interesting contrast within the decor.

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