Other French Country architectural features include shutters for your windows, narrow, deeply cut window sills, and striped fabric awnings over windows to afford the home dweller extra protection from the heat.
But what if you just want to add some French Country flair to the home you already have, without changing its walls, floors and windows? No sweat.
Rustic furniture is a key element to the French Country style. Think oversized rectangle or round wooden dining room tables, with a dull waxed or natural finish.
Chairs and occasional tables of the French Country style can be curved or boast carved designs in the woodwork. Dining room chairs can have a ladderback style or vertical slats. Also,large armoires are well suited to the French Country look, giving the owner a nice cool place to store dishes, linens, or even clothing.
The French style of furniture has changed very little over the years, with the exception of being diminished size wise, so as to accommodate the modern home. The design, along with the lines of the furniture, can differ dramatically from region to region, along with the carving. Normally indigenous timbers were used locally, being the most available material to be utilised by the “ charpentier “ ( carpenter ) or “ ebeniste “ ( cabinet maker ), depending on the quality of furniture you wished to attain.
I have taken “ STYLES REGIONAUX “ as my furniture bible, which was first published in 1981. This set of books have a wonderful set of pictures along with text ( albeit in French ) , which cover all the different regions of France, along with the differing styles of the houses of the period. A truly wonderful publication.
Finally, achieve that French Country style with the perfect fabrics and accessories that have that certain je ne sais quoi. Use toile material, a gauzy linen or cotton, in white, cream or yellow with bright contrasting colors. Choose themes such as monkeys, Chinese patterns, and eighteenth century courting scenes, all of which are predominant in French Country design.