French Country Decorating
French Country Dining Room
styles can range from the very rustic and simple to a little more formal
presentation, depending upon your interpretation of this classic
thing is sure, though, and that is the warm and inviting 'come sit down
and have a meal with us' flavor of this casual decor.
What will you find in the dining area of a French Country home? Let's take a closer look.
- Colors are warm and inviting,
with deep yellows, rustic reds, antique golds, natural browns, shades
of green to bring the outdoors in and of course, french blue.
- You'll find the floors finished in wood, tile, terra cotta and even concrete for the most rustic styles of country french dining room decor.
- Have fun with the wall treatment in your French Country dining room. At a minimum, put some vibrant color on the walls, always appropriate for the dining area.
some faux finishing or texturizing of the walls to create a dimensional
look. Use wallpaper in a french country print on one wall.
install bead board at chair rail height, or even more interesting, take
the bead board two-thirds of the way up the walls with a beautifully
painted wall color above. That would be a striking counterpoint to warm wood-toned dining room furniture.
- The dining table and chairs
can be as simple as an inexpensive wrought iron table with a tile top,
and some mismatched flea market find chairs that have been whitewashed.
- Every good French Country dining room includes a type of chest, armoire or buffet.
In our simply rustic example, another flea market treasure found and
whitewashed, such as a leftover piece from yesterday's bedroom set,
would complete the basic furniture for the space. Dark iron or bronze
handles and pulls are an authentic way to finish the overall look.
wood dining table, long and rectangular if size allows, is a classic in this style dining room. Natural, medium wood tones are a good
choice, or if you are creating more of a 'farmhouse' look, whitewashed
is a welcoming addition.
- Distressed and weathered, or not, just keep the wood finish simple and not overly shiny unless you are creating a more formal french country home.
- Give your French Country decor a sophisticated twist with a black finish on the wood pieces.
chairs can be matching ladderback style, mismatched painted with cane
seats, or even coordinating fabrics for that slightly more formal look.
- For lighting,
a chandelier is usually placed over the table. In more casual french
country dining rooms, the chandelier will be simple, with bronze or iron
work arms and small mini-shades that coordinate with the other colors
in the room.
- For more
formal rooms, the chandelier will be made of bronze accents and lots of
glass with several tiers. Just remember to keep the size of the
chandelier in proportion to the table and overall room size.
As you create your dining area, consider the use of stone, wrought iron, ceramics and cane or wicker in the designs of furniture pieces.
Remember to bring in the softness of
curved edges, in furnishings, rugs, accessories, chair backs, etc. Mix
larger, over sized furnishings with smaller pieces to create old world