FRENCH COUNTRY

FRENCH COUNTRY

….. Country French rooms oftentimes contrast warm and cool color groupings. Wood tones can be warm with cooler accessory colors or the reverse…

FRENCH COUNTRY

These rooms like many European country settings have a sense or evolving. They are a collection of patterns, colors and materials that please the owner, having been gathered by the family overtime. The rooms are relatively light in color and have a feminine sense, with curved lines dominating. Simple lines are acceptable in a Peasant French atmosphere, more complex arrangements work well in more refined rooms.

Walnut, pine, cherry and fruit woods in natural and light finishes with some aging, distressing or artistic enhancement are features and elements of this cabinet design style. Mixing colors and wood finishes in an unfitted environment reflects the casual style of a French home.

Oversized hardware with long metal hinges and fanciful hand-wrought details and is employed on the cabinets. Copper, bronze, iron or hammered surfaces are acceptable.

Countertops can be from solid surface: quartz, natural or man-made marble, natural stone, ceramic tile or laminate countertops with detailed edges can be used. Solid surface counters may feature delicate inlays or gently sculptured edge treatments. Ceramic tiles if used should be kept smooth in texture and match grout colors on counter or splash areas. Decorative laminate counters usually combine well with wood or faux wood front edges and ceramic tile backsplash areas.

Country French rooms oftentimes contrast warm and cool color groupings. Wood tones can be warm with cooler accessory colors or the reverse.

The floor can be of heavy rustic materials, brick, limestone, terra cotta quarry tiles, hardwood parquet or natural products.

Delicate crown moldings, beaded baseboards, painted plaster walls or floral wall coverings are effective with this design. Faux finished decorative treatments work well in this setting because they simulate aged wood finishes.

Beaded or random plank ceilings reflect the rustic sense of a French Country setting with boxed beams finished to match or contrast with cabinets or ceiling finish.

There are so many ways to accent your space. Large window should be tall and narrow with rectangular hardware and a deep sill created in reality or as a visual effect. When looking at accent furniture pieces, you can increase the formality of the room or support the rustic setting by recommending the right type of pieces.