Say "Oui!" to French Country Decor

Inspired by the stunning homes of Provence, French country design often incorporates ruffles, distressed woodwork, mixed patterns, and both vibrant and subdued hues. Here are 10 ideas for creating this elegant but comfortable style in your own home.
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November 25, 2014
By: Charity Curley Mathews

©Cucina Sideboard, Crate & Barrel

©Filigree Monogram Hooks, Ballard Designs

©Oversized Le Jardin Poppy Clock, Target

©Coventry Armless Nail Button Chair, Target

Kitchen Corner

RMS user colbylucky's cozy breakfast nook incorporates hues of red and yellow, and soft patterned fabrics for a look that truly represents French country living.

Brown and Blue

RMS user rachelcar created a calm but cozy living room with a symmetrical arrangement of chairs and dramatic chocolate-brown draperies that elegantly frame the fireplace.

A Side Story

With the perfect distressed effect and a neutral wood exterior, this simple sideboard can fit right into any French country theme.

Baby Love

Creating an elegant space for a nursery came easy to RMS user MPLS, who mixed light pink with black and white toile. The look is fanciful without being fussy.

Hanging On

Don't settle for ho-hum coat hooks. The place where your jacket hangs should be just as stylish as the coat itself. These antique-inspired monogram coat hooks will bring a personalized touch to your mudroom or entryway.

International Appeal

RMS user AdrianneD's dining room may be French country, but her mid-century chandelier came from Spain (and for a good price, too). What's the secret to creating a chic look on a tight budget? AdrianneD says to do "a lot of thrift store shopping and scouring flea markets to find good deals."

Pretty Poppies

Bring a French country look to your home with this gorgeous oversized wall clock of distressed Roman numerals and a billowing cluster of red poppies.

Country Kitchen

The robin's egg-blue island is the star of RMS user aracely88's French country kitchen. Offsetting the ivory cabinets, the island adds a perfect pop of color.

Just the Right White

For RMS user ginagypsy's kitchen redo, she opted for an all-white look to brighten the space. With tile accents and an oversized wall clock, this cheerful kitchen would be right at home in Provence.

Totally Toile

Who said comfy can't be charming? Add a touch of sophistication and antique appeal to your living room with the addition of a French country-inspired armless chair.

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