Choosing French Country
Living Room Furniture
Living room French country furniture is a mixture of simple and informal pieces which are chosen for comfort and relaxation, but still have an understated chic air about them.
A solid and comfy upholstered sofa with scrolled arms and preferably upholstered in a neutral shade is a good choice to start with.
Add one or two upholstered chairs, to compliment but not match the sofa, covered in either stripes, checks, or florals.
Classic French Chairs
The fauteuil à la reine, a chair with padded arms, or the classic chaise à la reine, a wide seated chair with cushioned seat and upholstered back
are some examples of chair styles found in the French country living room. The frame and legs of the chairs could either be painted or polished.
Amongst others, there is also the bergère, a feather-stuffed armchair, low-backed and comfortable.
Or the marquise, a tub chair with cushions and upholstered arms, or the canapé an intimate love seat in the form of a sofa.
And let's not forget the comfy day bed, or ever so French chaise longue, which translated literally means 'long chair'.
The great thing about French chairs is that you can either dress them up or down. The chairs in the above images would look just as great
covered in a ticking stripe, or even homespun French feedsack cloth for a modern twist.
Other Living Room French Country Furniture
Old or new, the versatile Armoire, is found in just about any room in the French house, no matter which part of the country. More than likely it will also be found standing proudly in one form or another in the living room.
This tall cupboard, either with solid wood, glass or chicken wire paneled doors - or perhaps open shelves - houses either books, photos, ornaments, vases, collections etc. It could be polished or stained wood, but better painted in soft water based colors and lightly distressed to bring out the shape of mouldings and carvings.
Another useful piece of furniture for storage and display is the buffet, also best painted in a muted color.
Or the buffet à deux corps (one cupboard atop another) with storage space at the bottom and on top.
A large standing wall mirror is adds an instant French touch and also gives depth and reflects light into the room.
Last but not least, are repurposed and interesting country french living room furniture pieces that add extra character and charm to the room. They can be anything from tables, to cupboards, to drawers, or even fashioned out of another piece of furniture, in wood or wrought iron.
- A console table made from the cast iron legs of an old Singer sewing machine, fixed with a top in wood, glass or marble.
- An old scrolled wrought iron garden bench, turned into a window seat and smothered in comfy cushions.
- Make your own buffet à deux corps by placing an interesting bookcase on top of a buffet, chest of drawers or another cupboard. Painting the two pieces one color will easily make them look as one unit.
Upcycled or repurposed these furniture pieces become unique and original, easily rubbing shoulders with the rest of the furniture and giving a stamp of individuality to the room.
Possibilities are endless; think laterally when coming across an interesting piece of old furniture and give your room an element of surprise.