5 French Country Cottage Decorating Ideas
There’s a certain charm around French country décor that can’t be denied. As well as being relaxed in its styling, there’s also a warm and welcoming feel to this style of interior. Whether you live in the heart of Provence or a modern apartment in the city, you can still achieve a rustic country cottage feel with a few simple changes in décor. (Main image credit)
When you’re choosing a colour palette in a French country cottage inspired space, I would recommend steering towards the warmer side of the colour wheel. We’re talking creams, rust tones, subtle yellows, pinks, powder blues and warmer off-whites. These warmer tones work incredibly well with natural textures such as linen, wood, distressed metal and wrought iron – all of which feature throughout a French country-inspired home. (Image credit)
Speaking of texture, furniture is where this genre really comes into its own. The key is to make the room appear like you’ve picked everything effortlessly from a local flea market, bartering for the best deal. You don’t have to shop completely vintage, however. Mixing an oak dining table with mismatched chairs can achieve just the same look. Consider unique pieces, such as an old iron farmers trough as a planter for the windowsill, or a wooden stool as a side table with an ornate French-inspired lamp on top. Finally, look for interesting detail like intricate wood carvings and crackled paint. (Image credit)
Prints and patterns are key to achieving a stylish French country cottage interior. Both pinstripe and larger stripes can be found on bedding and cushions, while toile is a more traditional choice across the house. Don’t be afraid to mix and match clashing prints, as long as the colours remain in the same tonal palette. Motifs, meanwhile, are a signature of French décor, including animals, insects, food such as lemons and olives and oversized florals. (Image credit)
The French certainly don’t pair back on accessories when decorating their home. Consider woven baskets, metal plant pots, seasonal flowers throughout, cookery books out on show, whitewashed wooden trays, ceramic jugs and vases, layered mirrors on the sideboard, vintage figurines, and large round industrial style clocks.
You’ll notice however, when you’re looking through images of French country cottages, that many accessories come directly from the kitchen, such as chopping boards used as serving platters and bowls used for trinkets on the coffee table. If you looked in your kitchen right now, you’ll probably be able to find pieces to suit your style without needing to even purchase anything new. (Image credit)
As with accessories, it seems more is more when it comes to styling a French country inspired interior. It’s about mixing and layering textures. On your bed, for example, don’t just stop at a duvet and two pillows. This look calls for a bolster cushion, 2 oversized square cushions, a flat bed sheet and a throw over the top, all against an ornate carved wooden headboard.
On your sideboard, meanwhile, create a symmetrical look with vases of flowers, a gold mirror, and matching tall lamps at either side. In terms of styling the sofa, for example, there’s no such thing as too many cushions, while open shelving in the kitchen showcases copper pots and pans, utensils and vintage crockery perfectly. (Image styling)
Are you a fan of the French country cottage style of décor?