Tell me if I’m wrong.
You LOVE France and all things French.
You’d like to add a French country feel in your home, but you don’t even know where to start.
Actually, you feel a bit overwhelmed by all the different information out there.
On top of that, you may even live in a modern house, and you find it hard to create the old charm of French country style…
Here in France, we mostly incorporate 5 basics in our country decor.
And that’s all you need to bring the French country flair you’re looking for! Let’s dive in.
I. Vintage furniture and decor
This is surely one of the most important elements of French country decor.
The French love furniture and accessories with a soul and a story. Actually, they come quite often from a family heirloom.
We like to have vintage in every room.
We have a passion for one-of-a-kind objects. But if you had to choose, I’d say there are 7 must-haves to fulfill a French country look:
1. Light wood furniture with patina
Over the centuries, the appearance of furniture has changed according to the different successive kings and the economic situation of the country.
When you think of French furniture, you may visualize the Voltaire armchair or the Louis XV sofa, don’t you?
But these furniture pieces don’t always fit a country style, or at least not in their original state. Some antique furniture pieces need to be repainted or reupholstered to adjust to our more contemporary and less “rococo” interiors.
The main thing to remember is that the French country style of these days favors furniture with simple and refined lines, light shades, few ornaments, and no decorative overlay.
I gathered the best French vintage furniture and decor to choose on this page.
2. Vintage copper cookware
Here in France, we have a love affair with vintage copper: pans, cauldrons, stock pots, molds but also planters or vases. Villedieu-les-poêles, in Normandy, is THE city of copper.
They are gorgeous pieces, and some are still very useful. It’s not uncommon to see chefs cooking with copper pots as they have many advantages.
You’ll find gorgeous copper pieces at affordable prices here.
3. Antique linen
Charming, right? Antique linens have so much potential.
They can be used as their first function, but they can also be repurposed in so many things like napkins, curtains, upholstery or clothing (especially if they show some flaws and you only want to keep the good parts).
Plus, they’re wonderful pieces of history.