French Provincial Paint Colors

Written by luanne kelchner
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French Provincial Paint Colors
The colours of the French countryside inspire a French provincial decorating style. (lavender image by david hughes from

The French provincial decorating style is a charming choice for one room or the entire house. French provincial furnishings and accents create a stylish atmosphere that is warm and inviting for family and guests. The colours you choose for the walls, furnishings and accents in the home help to bring the French provincial feeling to your rooms.

Wall Colors

The beauty of the French provincial decorating style is the variety of colour and the attention to the smallest details in the room. The colours you choose for the walls are an important aspect of your French provincial design. The colours in the room should be muted and have a weathered look that creates the appearance of timelessness. Take colours from nature, such as sage green and cornflower blue, for your room decor. If you want a stronger, bolder colour for the walls, choose a deep rich brown or red in a French provincial room.


To keep the French provincial decor in the room, use muted shades to paint furnishings colours such as ivory, cornflower blue and soft shades of lavender. Pieces painted in an ivory shade can add splashes of colour with floral or scenes of the French countryside in the upholstery. Stencilling floral designs in muted shades of sage green or cornflower blue on the furnishings also works well in a French provincial room. The paint should have the weathered appearance of years in the sunshine in this decorating style.

Accent Colors

Use paint to decorate ceramics and tile with the colours of the natural French countryside. Paint flowers on an ivory ceramic vase, and fill it with dried flowers and lavender. Painted baskets filled with dried flowers add splashes of colour to the French provincial room. Clear glass vases painted with flowers add a rustic charm to the French provincial dining table.

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