Creating A Beautiful French Living Room
It’s time to turn your living room into one that radiates the look and feel of chic. The French look combines elegance, nature and country into one decorative style. Learning about the traditions, history, and materials common in French interior design can help an ambitious home designer create the perfect French living room. The palace of Versailles was the height of fashion and style for the entirety of the Middle Ages in France. When people think of palatial design, they are generally thinking of the opulence of French palaces. To create a palatial French living room, start with the floors and walls. Patterned hardwood floors in oak or walnut and white walls with gilded trims and borders are classical examples of period French design. Seating, like sofas or chaise lounges, is ornately carved wood and furnished with luxurious cushions in velvet, bold colorful stripes, or soft floral patterns. Add a thick, floral area rug and tables that match the tone and style of the main couch or loveseat. Add a final flourish with reproduction period French artwork. Ideally, lighting should involve a grand chandelier.
What is considered “country French” design is actually based more on the upper class’s idea of a rustic countryside existence. The color palette is warm and inviting, with creams, sunny yellows, and even pure reds. Furniture should be largely wood-constructed, painted, and often distressed to give it a vintage flair. Curtains are generally homemade in appearance and can be lacy. Add a few brightly colored jugs filled to bursting with wildflowers, and the transformation to a country French living room is complete.