Getting the Classic French Style in Your Home
by David Johnson
Description: How to decorate your home with classic French style.
Are you looking to get the classic French style in your home,
well donít worry you donít have to speak French to get the
style. Itís not hard to get the style, just take a look at the
Used, worn, imperfect but beautifully architectural elements
and accessories are what French country style is about. They
donít have to have sleek lines, fine china or grey, white, and
black colors. They have chunky wood tables, flowers, brightly
patterned couches, curtains and pillows styled after the look
of Provence, which borders the Mediterranean Sea.
If youíre looking to grasp the French look, you should look for
things like cracked wood beams, curved panels, hand-carved
decorations and raw material flooring and walls, like stone or
bricks. Uneven plaster walls or raw distressed wood can also
give you the French Country atmosphere.
In the style having a spider crack in the paint or slight
discoloration of the paint just adds character. So donít fret
about fixing all those imperfections.
Some architectural features are shutters for your windows,
narrow deeply cut window sills, and striped fabric awnings over
windows which prevents the heat from escaping.
But if you just want a little bit of French flare to your house
without too much change to youíre walls and floors. You can look
for rustic furniture, oversized rectangle or round wooding
dining room tables with a dull waxed or natural finish. Dining
room chairs have a ladderback style or vertical slats to it.
If youíre looking to get chairs or random tables you should
look for curved or boast carved designs in the woodwork. Also,
large armoires go well with the theme, giving you a place to
store dishes, linens clothes or whatever you desire.
The next step would be to adorn your house with fabrics and
accessories. You should use toile material, a gauzy linen or
cotton, in white, cream or yellow with bright contrasting
colors. You can choose themes like monkeys, eighteenth century
courting scenes and Chinese patterns which are dominate French
Also look for large, thickly woven baskets, chunky clay or old
metal pitchers, iron garden shelving units, and Chinese pottery
all fit in with the French theme. Which means you can get
ceramic plates, tiles, tablecloths and curtains that have
either roosters, sunflowers, lavender or beetles. You can save
some money if you get these at flea markets and antique stores.
The final touches would be flowers. Fresh flowers would be
ideal, flowers such as lavender, geraniums and sunflowers are
great to give you the French country style youíre looking for.
You can put the flowers in copper pots, window boxes, glass
vases or old pitchers. You should use a variety of colors and
make the arrangements not too simple or stylized. Another
country French look is natural grasses.
It doesnít matter if you want to go all out or just change a
few things in your house to achieve the French country look.
You can use any of these idea to get a little of Provence
country into youíre house.
David Johnson is a successful freelance
author that writes regularly for
http://www.curtains-n-drapes.com/. His articles have also been
featured on related sites such as
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