31 Days of French-Inspired Design Day 5: French Country

French Country is my very favorite design style. I loved this style before I even knew it had a name! It just has a certain feeling….



…comfortable and livable

…simply beautiful

Some of the French country details in the dining room shown below are: exposed beams, blue and white fabric, the rush seat bench, and the contrast between the rustic wood and the painted wood.

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I love the soft grayed colors of this next dining room. And the mismatched chairs. And the chandelier. Really, what’s not to love here?

I think the bench would be a great DIY project. All you would need is a bench that could be covered in a linen or linen-like fabric and stenciled. Hmmm, I may have to start looking for a bench.

Traditional Kitchen by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Willow Decor

This kitchen is one of my favorites: again, the exposed, rough beams, a light French blue, and a French/Italian chandelier.

This room is a little lighter than my usual taste, but I’m drawn to it anyway. I love the colors, the little industrial side table, and that darling settee!

This room has a very French farmhouse vibe to it. I always love looking at all-white rooms in magazines and online, but I’m not sure I could live with it. I think it takes real talent to pull together enough textures and enough different shades of white to not feel blah. This room is definitely far from blah.

This one is also in mostly white, but feels a little more rustic.

With the brick floors, rough hewn beams, and neutral colors, this room feels rustic French country and sort of Restoration Hardware-ish.

I’m not sure what category of French country I’d put this one in, but don’t you just love that plaster detail above the door?


In my home, the ceiling in my living room has a French country vibe….


And when we remodeled the mantel, I designed it with some curves for a little French flair….


Well, if you’ve been following along, then you know we’ve covered French Provincial, Paris Chic, and various forms of French Country.

So, which one is your favorite?

They’re all so beautiful, you really can’t go wrong. If you’ve missed any, you can find them here.

Tomorrow I’ll write about a specific element of French-inspired design. Until then….


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    1. Thanks, Jean! The white part is some kind of tongue and groove slats (I can’t remember the brand or even where they were purchased) that I had the carpenters apply facedown because I liked the plain underside better than the beaded front:) Then I “whitewashed” them with BIN shellac-based primer. For the main beam, I textured plaster on top of the wood and used a water-based stain on top.

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