French Provincial

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French Provincial style is most influenced by the homes in Southern France. Homes in the French country style are a mix of rustic elements and elegant details similar to the Baroque style. Floors are typically dark wood, stone, or tile, walls are a textured plaster, and exposed wooden ceiling and wall beams are common. In contrast to the rustic elements, furnishings are more refined; including upholstered seating with carved-wood frames, window coverings in natural, toile and floral fabrics, and large gilded or carved wood-framed mirrors. Flower arrangements, pottery, and baskets are common decorative elements. Armoires are also typically used for storage, due to the lack of closet space in traditional French country homes.

 

Elements of design:

 

  • French Provincial homes are a combination of rustic and elegance, with country elements and details inspired by seventeenth and eighteenth century royalty
  • Dark wood, stone, or tile floors covered with wool or cotton throw rugs
  • Armoires are often used for storage and closet space
  • Furniture is influenced by the Baroque period, with curved features, carved in wood with natural, floral, or toile upholstery
  • Lavender, butter yellow, and blue are common colors in the French Provincial palette, influenced by the lavender fields, bright sun, and sea in Southern France