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How to Bring French Country into Your Home
by Kathy Wilson
Description: Bring your home decor alive with a touch of French country style.
French country decorating is one of the most popular forms of country
decorating today, yet many are confused about how to introduce this
look into their homes.
French country decorating need not be expensive or difficult, and you
don't need to go out and purchase a whole new room. It is easy to
introduce touches of the French country style without changing your
entire decorating scheme.
French country style is a European version of our own American country
style that has been popular for generations. French country however,
adds more elegance, curved lines, and contrasts with weathered
finishes and lots of texture. It is NOT a Parisian apartment! It is a
style of the wonderful people of Provence, who work hard, play hard,
and love the colors, textures and scents of the outdoors. Common
colors in the French country style are golden yellows, deep reds,
French blues and saturated greens. Color is vibrant in Provence
because of the harsh sunlight. (Hey, the grapes love it!) Themes are
not necessary for a French country room, but some common ones are
roosters, grapes and wine, lavender and other herbs. Here are some
great ideas for introducing the French country style into your present
* Ironwork or metalwork is very popular in French country design, and
you can easily find such material in candleholders, wall grilles, and
* Paint a couple of your furniture pieces with a crackle finish. Pair
the weathered finish with an elegant fabric table runner. Try using
satin black paint on a piece or two for an elegant look.
* Details are important in the French countryside...add trim to your
draperies, dress up your throw pillows with ribbon, buttons, or even
old beads and jewelry, and make sure comfort abounds in soft throws
and well read books.
* Use fabrics that are traditional French country fabric. Toile is
quintessentially French country, and depicts country scenes in one
color over a neutral background. Red and yellow florals and small
geometric prints look fantastic, and black and white checks are fun!
* Use candles, flowers and fabric lavishly.
* The French love to entertain; make it easy to invite loved ones over
for an impromptu celebration. Start collecting pretty plates you love,
mix and match them at the table, just keep a common color theme and
they will blend beautifully. Stoneware and pottery pieces are very
French country. Table linens are colorful, and flowers and candles are
* Finally, don't forget the rule of contrast with French country
decorating. Pair weathered paint or metal with formal fabrics or
beading trim, cozy up a more formal dining chair with a black, red or
blue checked fabric. Bring in baskets to hang and use, and hang
elegant copper pots off a rustic pot rack sporting a wonderful old
patina. Rub a glaze over a curvy lamp base to antique and distress its
finish, or better yet, glaze those white kitchen cabinets. Add chicken
wire to cabinet doors that hold your best china and wineglasses, and
make sure you find a French landscape or floral print to hang
somewhere in the room.
Adding French country style to your existing decor can add that sense
of elegance you've been looking for, is fun, and can be done gradually
and with purpose. Enjoy sharing the style of family, friends, and good
food and wine!
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist and editor of The Budget
Decorator. She is the home decorating expert for LifetimeTV.com, and
has had her home and garden articles appear in national publications.
For hundreds of free home and garden ideas, you can visit her at
http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com and TheGardenGlove.com.
Also visit her at http://www.Women-on-the-Net.com.
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