Throw Back Thursday - A Taste of France + Defining French Style Decor

A few of the pictures that I'm sharing here today were posted last year on this POST so some of these images may be familiar to you. On occasion I like to look back at older posts and reinvent them. I thought today would be a good "throw back" day as I  explore A Taste of France.

Although there can be a lot of overlapping among styles, the three main types of French home decor are modern, traditional and country. The popularity of country French home decorating has spread worldwide as a look of easygoing, rustic beauty. Traditional or Classic French home decor is elegant and luxurious with sophisticated furnishings. Modern French decor for homes has a fresh, bold, clean-lined look and appeal.

In traditional or classic French homes, the decor colors are softer and richer. Often gray, brown and cream are classic neutrals that may be accented with soft colors such as rose, sage, or pale blue. The fabrics used in this type of elegant French home decor are also soft, as well as luxurious, in texture such as silk, satin, brocade, lace and velvet. Unlike modern French decor, classic styles feature a lot of embellishments and details such as elaborately carved furnishings and fabrics may feature beautiful embroidery.

These ornate details may originate from the Baroque and Rococo periods. The overall theme is glamorous and often regal. For traditional French bedrooms, four-poster beds draped in elegant materials are a classic look. Intimate seating groups whether in bedrooms or living rooms are another popular design element in classic French home decor. Walls may be covered in either stone or delicately patterned wallpaper such as a small floral print, while small pots of flowers placed in rows may be used as a decor accent in almost any room.

Source: Decorpad

A summary of Traditional or Classic French Style characteristics are: 
Colors range from rich, sun-drenched Mediterranean hues to softer, muted shades. Often, one color or fabric is repeated throughout the space.
Accented by rich details and extensive use of gold, bronze and gilt.
Furniture generally includes French royal style antiques or heirlooms.
  • Window treatments feature dramatic layers in the same color theme of the room.
  • Flowers fill out a French home.

This is a good example of a more Modern French Style with a fresh, bold, clean-lined look.

Country French home decorating takes its cue from the hillsides of France. The wildflower colors of lavender and gold are especially popular in this rustic, relaxed style of French home decor, but light blue, yellow and green are also common. Sometimes, touches of rose pink, saturated red or burnt orange appear as accent hues in French country decorating. The walls in this style may be white, stone or feature lettering such as words from a poem. Woods, old crockery and potted herbs or bowls of fresh fruit often accent the French country look.

It's rustic, old-world, and welcoming. 

Wood beams, furniture with delicate, carved details, stone or brick floors covered with rugs, and fireplaces are prominent features. Copper pots, baskets, iron candleholders, pottery, colorful linens, old paintings, and clear glass vases are common accessory choices. You may also see window boxes containing clay pots of geraniums and lavender on window sills.

For more on French Country Style decor, see my post DEFINING YOUR DECORATING STYLE - FRENCH COUNTRY.

A Taste of France
Some of these images are from our trip to France, others are from the sources noted below.  Each is meant to share a taste of the beauty of France. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for visiting today. I love France and hope you've enjoyed this little Taste of France!

Image sources: 1-4, 7-15 / unless otherwise noted all other images are from Pinterest or my personal photos.


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