Get the Look: French Provincial (Interior Design) Styling
French Provincial styling began over 320 years ago – it was used amongst French royalty during King Louis VX’s reign – and the style is still a fan-fave today when it comes to interior design for it’s beautiful, shabby chic mix of farmhouse and coastal design.
French Provincial interior design makes a space feel homey, but expensive. Some key elements of a French Provincial style home are:
- Rustic wood
- Natural warm tones
- Statement kitchen island
- Wrought iron
- Gold accents
- Cabriole legs
- Exposed beams
- antique furniture
Furniture plays a large role in French Provincial styling – this is because after World War I, when soldiers returned home, they were very inspired by the rustic, country homes seen in the South of France – these types of furniture pieces originated in the 17th and 18th centuries when local furniture makers were using more affordable materials. These same furniture makers also introduced Cabriole Legs as a staple in French Provincial styling (the design is said to be influenced by animals natural form – with the main leg of the furniture curving outwards and the foot curving inwards).
When it comes to colour – think about neutral palettes inclusive of beiges and ivory’s, navy blues and greys are also a safe mix. However, don’t think colour is limited in this style – you can still make use of rustic reds and floral yellows.
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