French Country paint colors give you the best of both worlds. You still have an elegant style that you can actually live and cook in. Transform a bland space into the French countryside through the use of color and paint.
French Country pottery can be the inspiration for the room. Base a kitchen or living room around blue and white plates and then hang your inspiration pieces on the wall. Teals, mustard yellows and terra cottas are also signature colors of pottery. Display the pieces on open shelving to add a dash of color to a bland kitchen or nook.
Country French Chandeliers
Chandeliers are the focal point of many rooms. Spice up an existing chandelier with a coat of green or taupe spray paint. Golds and brass may seem outdated in modern design but they are right at home in French country style. Give your lighting fixture a new look with handcrafted lampshades. Look for a check pattern in burgundy or brown and accent with colorful green, yellow and red tassels.
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French Country Cabinets
You may want to change the cabinets you have into French Country cabinets using color. French Country Paint can give you the look you want. Layer paint with glaze so the cabinets look like they’ve been around for years. Yellow and cream are common cabinet colors. Paint the kitchen island a different color than the rest so it looks like an antique piece of furniture in weather green or gold.
A French country home has rich wood elements like a carved valance box or ceiling beams. Accent this with glazed walls for an ethereal feeling. Gone is the sponge painting from the 1990′s. Instead glaze a taupe that is close to the base color and blend it well so it has the look of old plaster.
Use a Country French style to create a cheery space. Paint a French Country bar stool a distressed turquoise or yellow or look for china with turquoise flowers on it. Yellow and blue are classic French country colors but mix up the shades a little bit for an unexpected touch. Install blue shutters on the inside of the house to really get the theme across.
French Country homes don’t have to be kitschy or over the top. You can create the feeling of a Chateau with neutral colors. The key is to use a soothing palette of dull white, gray and lavender. This makes the materials that you use such as an old metal pot filled with dried lavender really stand out. This lets the architectural elements of the space such as elaborate crown modeling, chandeliers, or cornices stand out in the space.
For a modern French Country home with Old World style base the paint colors around toile. Toile is a two toned pattern fabric that depicts a pictorial scene. A black and white roman shade adds instant Country French flair to a basic neutral room for easy decorating that you don’t have to travel the world over for. For a more muted traditional room try pale green and soft pinks accented with floral murals and crystal chandeliers.
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