Home decorating with French style decor is a great way to rejuvenate tired rooms. The good news is that you are able to achieve the look of French country without spending a lot of money.
Because the look takes advantage of older pieces, you might pick up some accents or some major elements of your design from second-hand or antique shops. Attending estate sales and country auctions is another way to find bargains without spending a fortune.
A French country kitchen usually comes to mind when you think of decorating with this theme. Kitchens are easy to redo. You are able to retain modern appliances, but add finishing touches and accessories that identify with the atmosphere of a kitchen in rural France. A pottery pitcher filled with fresh or silk flowers on a wooden cabinet is one example. Use stencils effectively to get the colors of France included in your decorating scheme. Warm natural colors are common. Gold and yellow from the sunshine, pastel blues from the summer skies and dark, rich reds from the wildflowers that grow in the fields are all part of the color scheme you can use in your French country kitchen and throughout your home.
Use the color in your living room that is calming and welcoming at the same time. You can add fat candles as decorative touches. Wall decorations such as metal sconces should be brass or black painted metal with graceful designs. Flowers in decorative pottery containers add to the ambiance of France. You can often find collectible items that relate to French country accessories. These small vases or figures could be placed in a shadow box or wall display case. In your French style bedroom, stay away from silks and satins. You can continue to use colors and fabrics that reflect a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. The bedrooms should always reflect a restful mood so that you can enjoy sleeping. Try aromatic herbs and potpourri containers in bureau drawers or as decorative accents. These can be beneficial to your physical health while the colors and scents help your emotional well-being as well.
In the bathroom, you might want to use pottery soap dishes, toothbrush holders and lotion dispensers. If you use a shower curtain, use a design that incorporates your color scheme, but is not vinyl. You can always use a vinyl liner but the decorative portion should be fabric. The towel racks and toilet paper holders can all provide an atmosphere of fun. Avoid overly complex decorations and accent pieces. If you live in a climate where outdoor living is possible, you can carry the French style onto your deck or patio. Use a multitude of large or small pots and containers in various colors placed on different levels. These containers can be filled with flowers and herbs to brighten the look of your outdoor living space. Don’t be limited by traditional flowering plants either. Try tomatoes, red and orange bell peppers and yellow summer squash plants. If you are creative, using French style decor will be easy for you. If your imagination is challenged, the Internet is a rich source of ideas and suggestions. You can combine your own preferences with ideas from others to come up with a French home decor that is unique.