Style Guide: Completing a French Provincial Style

Corbeille Tufted Queen Bed French Provincial Style

A French provincial interior is about more than just Euro-inspired style. It’s about a sense of class and glamour in every aspect of the home. 

Neutral tones and Detailing

One of the first things to define in this trend is its use of a relaxed colour palette. While there is definitely room for more vibrant tones, the starting point for any vintage-inspired style is more often than not muted colouring. But this doesn’t mean your space has to be boring! Relaxed shades can be just as intriguing, if not more so, than big, proud colours.

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The gentle tones that this trend demonstrates are not to bore you. Rather, they exist to allow more three-dimensional accents speak loudly. Colour may pop and make you feel as if it’s coming out towards you, but no matter what you can’t feel it with your hands. French provincial interiors bring a tactile element to your space with detailing along your structures.

Wood is one of the most common materials for furniture in this style because there wasn’t a lot of steel freely available at the time this trend emulates. But on top of that, it’s relatively easy to carve details into wood. These delicate details are a staple of this look. It could be anything from curves along a frame, to shaped (almost bulbous) legs, to intricate floral elements. The detailing you choose to utilise in your space can totally reflect your own, personal style while maintaining unmistakably French provincial vibes.

Soft Touches

Detailing isn’t the only way, of course, to demonstrate a luxury style in your space. And let’s not forget, French provincial interiors are all about that luxe. Another effortless way to embody this style is by creating softness wherever you go.

Vaucluse 1000TC Quilt Cover Set

A lot of this is likely to take place in your bedroom. It’s where we most want to be cosy. That means it’s were we focus a lot of attention on timeless comforts. Decadently high thread count cotton, linen, and even satin bed sheets and quilt covers are the best starting point. Once you’ve mastered this, introduce throw blankets, extra cushions (learn about each type of cushion here) and anything else you need to create the comfortable, indulgent space you can.

French Provincial Decorations

If you find yourself looking about your space and thinking that while it is decadent, it doesn’t feel French enough there’s no need to despair. A few clever accents can turn it all around.

Cest La Vie Print Art

Wall art (like the print above) is one of our favourite finishing touches. A little wall décor brings the whole aesthetic together. A little bit of French typography or imagery could be just the thing you need. On the other hand, you could say like the French do. C’est la vie.

 

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking, playing video games, or binge-watching whatever's new on Netflix.