French Country Décor: A Style that Continues to Enchant
French Country décor and French Country furniture bring home the romantic beauty of the French countryside from the cool northern regions to the sunny southern provinces. The latest lighting designs and home furnishings are focusing on the calmer hues of the northern French country regions with distressed wood, white and cream painted finishes and pastel combinations.
Wood moldings are well-defined, yet understated with delicate flowery motifs. Fabrics are rich with texture, featuring an assortment of characters including chickens and roosters, sunflowers and vintage farming tools. Brilliantly portrayed floral and pastoral impressions award French Country its universal appeal.
The country kitchen maintains its popularity with island lights from Cyan Design and Livex Lighting, the “Elise” collection from ELK Lighting, and chandeliers from Corbett and Crystorama. French Country furniture and accessories are equally impressive with outstanding new items from Sterling Industries, Chelsea House and Butler Specialty.
From the rustic farmhouse and country cottage to the elegant French chateau and manor house, French Country design envelops the colors of the French landscape in an assortment of mediums including velvet, brocades, patterned fabrics and painted textiles. Some new French Country lighting designs are highlighted in artfully-crafted carved wood and welded wrought iron light fixtures.
Whether it be a bright bold checkerboard pattern with sunflowers or a simplistic pastoral scene, French Country style is distinctly recognizable.
Although regions may differ in color, texture and design motif, all French Country fashions embody a harmonious balance of traditional timelessness and respect for the natural environment and landscape. Vibrant yellows and bold blues are indicative of the sunny southern regions, while lighter hues and rustic crackle finishes bring in the calm coolness of the north.
Also known as French Provincial or French Provencal, French Country fashions blend seamlessly with transitional, as well as traditional home decor for an eclectic mix and satisfying balance. Even modern and contemporary homes are adding a touch of French Country and incorporating French Country lighting fixtures or French Country furniture in bedrooms, powder rooms and kitchens.
New French Country items from Kathy Ireland Home and Murray Feiss are especially outstanding with mini chandeliers and table lamps that combine originality with superb craftsmanship. From ruffles and toile to hues both vibrant and subdued, French Country décor and French Country furniture provide a decorative essence with a definite flair.
Capturing the spirit of “joie de vivre” (joy of living), French Country decor is here to stay in America. Some top pics in new collections include: Hand-painted French Country buffet console tables from Chelsea House and “Maison de Ville” mini chandeliers from Murray Feiss.