20 Dashing French Country Living Rooms

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Striking the perfect balance of beauty and comfort, country French style easily fits into elegant homes and country houses alike. Beautiful fabrics and provincial patterns are hallmarks of country French style. To balance today's hectic lifestyles, softer colors and more delicate patterns have become popular choices. Pretty fringes, decorative trims, and lacy accents add an elegant finish.

Architectural details that harkens to yesteryear easily give a room country French flavor. But you don't have to live in an ancient chateau to create the look. Rustic stone tile and hand-scraped wood beams add the charm of an old French eatery to this new kitchen. Curved archways, intricate molding details, and painted finishes also enhance the look. Check out the pictures below.

1. Arcadia French Country

french country living rooms

Hendricks Construction

The use of greens in this living room makes it really pretty. Note the lovely limestone fireplace.

2. Casa Real in Knoxville

beam ceiling color

FINCH for Todd Richesin Interiors

I love the rich colors and beam ceiling; this is more of a den and not so much formal living room.

3. Cottage in the Trees

coffee table

Mascord House Plans

Rooms that work best with two sofas are often a bugaboo when it comes to the coffee table. If you place it close enough to one sofa to function well, it will be too far from the other. A great solution is to use two ottomans.

4. Formal French Chateau

taupe

Culbertson Durst Interior Design

The colors used here are soft. I especially like the shades of cool taupe.

5. French Country Home

distressed paneling

Catherine Sandin

The distressed paneling on the doors is stunning. The color palette is shabby chic and super classic!

6. French Country Meets Southern Farmhouse Style in Georgia

baskets design

Corynne Pless Designs

Long and low baskets. Perfect for storing books and magazines when you've run out of shelf space, long, shallow baskets can slide beneath tables, couches and beds with ease.

7. French Country Reno

French-country home

Christine Austin Design

This French-country home looks really feminine and happy - do you like it as much as I do?

8. French Country

drapes design

Bandon Blue Designs

Interesting drapes make room cozier. Light fixture over dining table.

9. Hollywood Makeover

ottoman

Timothy Corrigan, Inc.

Furniture is designed for comfort, including an ottoman with a plush outer edge for propping feet and a firm center that serves as a table surface.

10. Houston French Country

french country living rooms

Savant Design Grant

I like the stone fireplace, especially the artwork above it - very interesting and beautiful.

11. Masion Elegante

color scheme

Sunscape Homes

Love the color scheme; chair upholstery and the picture above fireplace.

12. Minneapolis Summer Kitchen

French country theme

Gabberts | Fine Furnishings by Design

I love this French country theme. It's very inviting, clean and charismatic.

13. New Country French Cottage

side chairs

Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.

Note that the side chairs are busy but still neutral and calming. Notice the color scheme is stunning.

14. New French Country

wood beams

Kyle Hunt & Partners, Inc.

I like the French features - especially the wood beams.

15. New York Family Room

lighting fixtures

Laurie Woods Interiors

Notice the beautiful lighting fixture on the ceiling in this family room.

16. Newark French Inspired Living Room

French provincial furniture

Klima Design Group

French provincial furniture was an inspiration for this look. Pillow patterns are borrowed from French country decor. There is plenty of seating for guests, children and grandchildren as they gather for the holidays.

17. Project 09 in Santa Barbara

paint colors

Giffin & Crane General Contractors, Inc.

I like the paint color and clocks. The rest is not my style but somehow works and looks cozy.

18. Reclaimed Natural Wonder

antiques decors

Morgan-Keefe Builders

In the living room, French country antiques are combined with contemporary flourishes - like antler lamps mounted on Lucite - that offer a respite from all the rusticity and make the space feel lighter and fresher.

19. Shallman Residence

woven roman shade

Dayna Katlin Interiors

If you want privacy as well as light, a natural woven roman shade might fit the bill. If your space has multiple doors, a woven shade will not only let the sun through and keep the space relaxed and neutral.

20. Westmoor Interior

french country living rooms

Sam Oberter for Sophie Metz Design

This living room looks like Emily Thorne’s beach house and Victorian Grayson’s manse mixed together - it’s time for some Revenge. I’m thinking gazpacho, because whatever you’re making, you should serve it up cold.

A thoughtful balance is achieved in country French style that provides an elegant stage for casual living. To accomplish this, dress the room with French influences, such as full-length draperies, rich wallpapers or paint finishes, and formal fabrics. Then fill the space with livable furnishings, such as this generous, farmhouse-inspired dining table, to entice large gatherings of family and friends.