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While "country chic" is an extremely popular contemporary style today, nowhere quite captures the essence of French country chic than the motherland itself. Faded, painted street signs over a neutral palette and naturally aged, mild blue and green hues are two main signifiers of this ever popular decor style. Translating the look of French country furniture into your own home can bring an ease and calm to your space.
1. Rattan Storage Trunk 2.Antique White Outdoor Bistro Set 3.Rancho Large Plant Stand 4.Jute Pillow, Stripe Pillow, Rooster Pillow 5.Trison Magazine Cabinet II
Many French houses feature a larger-than-life outdoor seating area, but adding a demure iron bistro set in the corner of your yard can offer a peaceful place to escape with a magazine or a glass of rosé. Classic black iron or antique white finishes are both timeless Provencal looks.
To continue the French feel at home, add a few country chic throw pillows to any sofa. Even if your sofa is a more contemporary style, a pile of pillows brings a relaxed and comforting feeling to the entire space.
When choosing French country furnishings, it's important to pay attention to scale.The American counterpart to French Country, known as "Shabby Chic", is often on a much larger scale. Authentic French-style rooms are often left with breathing room around the furniture, rather than busting at the seams with oversized pieces.
Even if you're never experienced the French countryside in person, it's easy to find decor inspiration in photographs and films. The relaxed, weathered look of Provence is sure to be a chic addition to your home.
All Images: Allison Rosenberg
Allison Rosenberg has had the opportunity to call California, Michigan, Australia, and Argentina home at different periods in her life, with many other stops along her journey. She received degrees from the University of Michigan in film production and theory and from FIDM/LA in interior design. She works freelance in interior design in Los Angeles, and has recently taken to the road with her husband to discover and write about design around the world.
She loves to travel, uncover, and explore and has a soft spot for art deco antiques. While not at work, you will often find her in a movie theater, trying out a new recipe or between the pages of a design magazine.
This type of design is perfect for me home. Thanks!