How To Get The French Provincial Decor Look
1. White On White
2. Timber Is A Given
It might just be one feature piece: a grand, wooden dining table that seats families from all your important life moments and is beautifully at home in a room made for bonding. Or a timber bed frame, polished or left raw and then made up with layers of silky white bed clothing in a room decorated from ceiling to floorboards (which are also perfect in timber) with neutral tones from white to grey to beige and cream.
3. Gather Lots Of Soft White Textures
One key to cosy in French country is to go wild with the soft furnishings like cushions and rugs and push the limit of white while you’re at it. Mix and match whites and greys, creams and beiges, and choose fabrics embossed and embroidered with shaded stripes, florals, dots and curlicue designs. Throw these all about on lounges and beds, armchairs and stools and create a maze of cosy accessories all throughout your home.
4. Candles Don't Need To Burn Out
It’s not all about lighting — but almost. Lamps, spotlights, fairy lights and especially candles are as much accessories as they are the heart of atmosphere, brightening some rustic nooks and lending shadow and romance and perhaps a little drama to vast spaces where life unfolds. No need to stray from the whites and raw materials throughout the décor — though why not bring in a colourful or exotic vintage piece in a room here or there. We also suggest stocking up on elegant long, white candles and glass or ceramic holders to line on bare sideboards, on shelves and chance of some natural light.
5. Flowers & Vases
The wildflowers of France are the stuff of great art — and glorious home life! This quietly glamorous décor comes to life with endless top-ups of floral bunches that are feminine and fragrant and so soft you’ll want to pick them up and pamper yourself endlessly. And don’t skimp on the homes for these arrangements: gather vases wherever you go, from fine vintage ceramic vases to more slick contemporary designs that bring in a bit of ‘now’ to the age-old décor.