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French Country Sweeps the Nation
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French Country Sweeps the Nation

This enduring design blends refined details and pastoral themes, creating a casual atmosphere that's stunningly comfortable and effortlessly sophisticated. It takes ornate embellishments, like wood carvings and scrollwork, and dresses them down with rustic textures, such as weathered wood and linen. A humble twist on traditional French decor, this steadfast style will keep your space looking classic, casual and impeccably chic.
Balance out ornate details like scrollwork and carvings with textured fabrics like linen. This creates tactile interest while invoking a modest, welcoming feel.

Distressed finishes suggest a rich history. Choose pieces that exhibit a well-worn, vintage quality, as though they've been handed down over time.

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Floral patterns—whether adorning upholstery or carved into wood—are the perfect way to conjure a country feel.

Bringing the outside in is a big part of this look. When choosing accent furniture, wall art and other decor, pick pieces with natural subjects like sunflowers, roosters or butterflies.

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Intricate carvings highlight the French influence that's innate to this style. These delicate features are most often found on headboards, drawer fronts and chair legs.


Stick to warm neutrals for the base of your color palette. Simple shades like eggshell and cream create instant comfort. You can also incorporate gentle colors that are found in nature, such as peony, lavender and sage.
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