One aspect that really seems to set the French design style (especially French country) apart is the use of natural materials. The French just have a way of mixing in variations of stone and wood and fabrics that make their spaces feel warm and inviting.
You can add stone in a very grand way like in this room with its limestone mantel and stone niches…
or in a smaller way, like with these stone planters…..
Wood can also be a main focal point like with these ceiling beams…
And of course you should use both painted pieces and stained pieces of furniture in your French-inspired rooms.
But how about furniture that is stained and painted, like this whitewashed chair……
All kinds of stone are used in French spaces, but especially marble…
This marble bust is so pretty….
An easy way to add some natural materials into your rooms is to use linen and cotton fabrics…
I love these coverlets!
I really need to start saving for some good bed linens or get to sewing!
How about including glass, like these French demijohns…..
Another natural material that can be used to give some French flair is zinc….
Don’t you just love this zinc table?
You can also add in some wrought iron like these sconces….
or maybe some beautiful wrought iron cabinet handles and hardware….
And finally, there are natural fibers like rush seats and baskets….
I made this seagrass shade to give this sconce a little natural texture….
See you tomorrow!