With the shabby chic look still all the rage and not set to go anywhere soon it’s best to carry on embracing it. If you’re looking to breathe new life into your home, this theme could be perfect. There’s an art to getting it right, but the following tips are a great place to start.
Invest in Statement Furnishings
An effective way to give your rooms an instant vintage French feel is to invest in some stunning furnishing – classic pieces will transfer well to most trends so you won’t be out of pocket by investing well. Shapely pieces with intricate woodworking characterise this style. For example, in your dining room, a grand farmhouse-inspired side cupboard would look amazing, especially with cute and quaint little tea sets displayed on – FYI, the charity shop is the best place to pick up vintage style cups and saucers. You could switch up your bedroom by placing a beautiful rattan bed complete with opulent, curved headboard centre stage, and for an even prettier look you could pop some fairy lights around the headboard. Complete the look in your boudoir with a carved armoire, elegant dresser and dainty dresser stool. If you’re stuck for inspiration when it comes to French style furniture, you can browse specialist websites, check out design blogs and visit local vintage furniture stores – these are even better if you live in a more rural area as they always seemed to be packed with awe inducing furniture.
Choose Subtle, Sophisticated Soft Furnishings
There’s no set rule when it comes to the colour and style of your soft furnishings, but the French country look tends to work especially well with soft accents and detailed patterns – think white and pretty pastel like an insta theme. So, when you’re choosing everything from your curtains to your throws and cushions, it pays to take this into account, also take in to account your lifestyle, having all white everything might not work too well if you have lots of kids and pets. Look out for accessories that feature soothing hues and delicate accents. One pattern that’s particularly evocative of rustic French design is toile. These intricate, repeated designs are works of art in their own right and they look stunning in any setting.
Make the Most of Natural Materials
Natural materials are a prominent feature within this school of interior design. From solid wood furniture to stone floors and marble worktops, you can use a variety of materials to create an earthy, rural vibe. If you have the option, exposing some brickwork and making a feature of any beams will help to set your design scheme off – I wish I had this option, but I doubt exposed plasterboard is the in look.
Incorporate Vintage Accessories
All experts know that the devil’s in the detail when it comes to creating a coherent interior design scheme. So, once you’ve got the fundamental elements of your home in place, it’s time to think about the accessories that can help you complete it. Like I mentioned above charity shops are the best for picking up vintage bargains, and also vintage fairs (we have several a year in Leeds). From traditional artworks to vintage ornaments, carefully positioned candles and fresh flowers, there are a range of finishing touches you can consider.
The best thing about the French country look is the fact that it gives you plenty of flexibility when it comes to putting your own stamp on your place. As long as you bear some basic principles in mind, you can take your interior design scheme in your own unique direction. Start with a white base and build up from there, cos we all know how #goals a white base is for insta.
What kinda style do you go for when thinking of interiors?