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French Provincial Style - Relaxed Elegance for your Living Room

The living room is a home’s oasis, primary ‘conference room’, and favorite spot for rest and recreation. Investing in its look and ambiance is an absolute necessity. What better living room environment to create than one that’s both comfortable and practical, yet chic and elegant?

French Provincial Style - Relaxed Elegance for your Living Room

The living room is a home’s oasis, primary ‘conference room’, and favorite spot for rest and recreation. Investing in its look and ambiance is an absolute necessity. What better living room environment to create than one that’s both comfortable and practical, yet chic and elegant?

An interior decorating favorite the world over is the French provincial style, which offers all this in spades.

This styling concept takes you to the rolling hills and plains of rural France, and into the quaint homes of the hardworking villagers. The concept is inspired by beautiful provincial centers like Provence, taking into account the breathtaking landscapes and the relaxed but colorful lifestyle.

Read on and discover how you can make your central space at home echo the idyllic and effortlessly elegant beauty of provincial France.

 

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1. Neutrals and soft shades make the perfect palette. 

 

The beautiful French countryside may be alive with the colors of nature, but the interior decorating concept it inspires tones down the rich hues and delves instead into calmer neutrals like whites, neutrals, creams, and light grays. These versatile tones should be the colourrs of choice for most of the room through furniture and fabric covers.

Accent colors are also in relatively muted shades of ochre, green, and grayish blues. Occassional splashes of pastels in pink and yellow are a great addition too, and can instantly give your living room a refreshing ambiance.

 

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2. Whitewashed and time-worn pieces are must-haves.

 

The heart of French provincial decorating is the distinct look of furniture used to create that laid-back country feel. White-washed surfaces with distressed textures deliver the ideal balance of shabby and chic in this interior styling theme.

Inspired by the idea of old-world beauty and time-defying tradition, French provincial decorating welcomes the look of deep wooden grooves, fading paint, and even a slight chip here and there on ceramic accents. You can achieve the charming look of Provencal homes in your living room by choosing a center table and sofa that gives off that French country vibe efforlessly. Those with cabriole legs or graceful scalloped curves will enhance the quiet sophistication you are going for. 

For metallic decor, forget the shiny silver and golds - aim for more of an old-world charm with burnished bronze. Natural or organic decor, like those made of wood, rattan, or weaved fabric offer a better complement for the classic colours. More often than not, French provincial accents are not just decorative, but also serve a useful purpose in the room. For example, raffia baskets can be used as living room storage for items like remote controls and house keys.

 

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3. Toile de Jouy is love.

 

Blending calming neutrals, time-worn surfaces, and finally, French country patterns is what will bring this styling concept full circle for your living room. Toile de jouy, which translates to “cloth” of Jouy, originally depicted pastoral scenes of the lovely French countryside and is a common denominator in French provincial styling. It has evolved to having different patterns, but is still distinctly whimsical with its repeated images of interesting scenes and landscapes. Use this pattern thoughtfully, and be careful not to overwhelm your living room space with it. It is best presented through throw pillow covers, decorative plates or cups, and in other small home accents.

 

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Lavender Hill Interiors brings the time-worn elegance of Provence into your living room, today. Our French Provincial living room can be purchased as a fully styled suite or choose individual pieces to compliment your own decor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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