French Farmhouse Decorating
Farmhouse decorating, I am sure you will agree, needs to focus on relaxed and family orientated living...a comfy place where you can sit down, relax, put your feet up and not worry if your glass is going to leave a ring on the polished side table. French farmhouse decorating therefore is no different; the French of course just do it with style, comfort and a few unique elements of their own.
Plenty of white is essential for achieving the French farmhouse look - from cool chalky white washes to warm and antique creamy whites. The French use various shades of white as a color and not as a neutral to decorate.
Wrought iron furniture like the distressed antique day bed in the above image adds an instant French feel.
Because French farmhouse decorating doesn't really have much pattern in the fabrics, interesting braids and edgings can be used for borders to add interest.
In the kitchen use white linen and red or blue striped, or gingham prints. I have also seen white damask tablecloths with a red floral border woven into the fabric. Last but not least, no French kitchen would ever be without an abundant supply of vintage 'torchons' - white linen dish towels with a red stripe woven down the length on either side is the most common, although other colored stripe patterns are also used.
In French kitchens torchons are often seen piled high in a wicker basket within easy reach for the cook's convenience.
Wooden benches around the table are often preferred to chairs as they can seat more in a large family.
Blue and white china with simple painted designs is a must if you can. The French display china in their quintessential kitchen armoire, along with many other everyday practical utensils. Actually, they love to display just about everything in their kitchens and wirework containers along with baskets are also popular choices for storage.
Do not worry if you cannot introduce all of the above elements into your farmhouse decorating at once, as even one or two essentials will bring a French ambience to your décor. A good start would be to introduce plenty of white plus striped and gingham fabric to make cushions, curtains and table linen. A wicker basket piled with torchons and a thick wooden chopping board in the kitchen will also add an instant touch of French farmhouse decor.