For chic elegance and a natural rustic look, the French Provincial style is as enduring today as it was during the 18th century.
This popular style of furnishing, decoration and architecture combines country elements and details inspired by French royalty of yesteryear. French Provincial is ornate, though not excessively so.
In the interiors, the style is characterised by the use of dark wood, stone or tile floors covered with showpiece wool or cotton throw rugs. Armoires are typically used for storage or closet space.
French Provincial furniture is partly influenced by the Baroque period with tasteful features hand carved in wood with natural, floral or toile upholstery, and decorative curved mouldings. Its a classic look which perfectly complements the streamlined simplicity of contemporary homes today.
For home owners committed to a French Provincial style inside and out, the key features of this period’s architecture include balanced, symmetrical proportions, steeply pitched roofs and a brick exterior with a render or stucco finish.