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French Country Decorating Ideas to Borrow for Your Country Home

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French country is one of the most popular decorating styles right now. If a warm color palette is your desire, the colors from the south of France just might fulfill your wish.

  • green
  • red
  • blue
  • terra cotta
  • yellow
  • purple
  • lavender

Colors, prints, stripes and textures can be combined with abandon.

The yellow and blue combination is very popular and is a favorite of mine. Accents of red and green along with terra cotta potted plants; wrought iron, copper pots, roosters and sunflowers are typical of this style. Floors are typically wood or clay tile. Ceramic tiles laid in a checkerboard pattern of black and white or red and white would be suitable for today’s kitchen. Braided rugs in four of the colors would be practical in a French country kitchen.

Walls can be plastered with a mock stucco pattern, painted, color washed or wall papered. A simple blue fleur-de-lis pattern can be stenciled on a yellow wall for a delightful simple look.

French Country Decorating Ideas to Borrow for Your Country Home

French Country on a Budget Kitchen

  • Paint the walls; add a stenciled fleur-de-lis border or a wallpaper border of roosters, sunflowers or fruit.
  • If cabinet finish is marred, pick a French color and paint cabinets and add age with antique glaze and personality with new hardware.
  • Remove several of the cabinet doors; paint the inside with contrasting color as a background for showing off your attractive dishes or pottery.
  • Add new budget flooring by laying self stick vinyl tiles that resemble clay tile or a checkerboard pattern of the black and white or red and white tiles.
  • If you have plain ceramic tile as a backsplash, it can be painted in the typical French colors.
  • Accessorize with rooster pictures, or a ceramic rooster, lots of terra cotta potted plants, baskets of all sizes and lace curtains.
  • If you have a vinyl floor in good shape, you can paint it to resemble tile, stone, or brick.