French Country Interior Design Ideas

We’ve been talking about how the Farmhouse trend has been evolving for quite some time. For years it has reigned supreme among homeowners but in the past two years, we’ve seen a shift. We’ve talked about how Cottagecore design is a toned-down version of Farmhouse and now it’s time to talk about the turned-up version, French Country. French Country interior design has all the rustic character of Farmhouse with a more elegant and softer approach to the design. 

French Country Design 

French country design strikes a balance between rustic and refinement in an effortless casual approach to design. It embodies the elegance of a French country aesthetic. While Farmhouse design is famous for boldly broadcasting its rural rustic root, French country relies on a natural subtle design that provides a warm and lived-in home. 

Dorchester White Oak 6 1/2" Hardwood in Igneous in living room
Dorchester White Oak 6 1/2″ Hardwood in Igneous

Soft Color Palette 

Like all good design styles, everything starts with a color palette. As a general rule of thumb, we suggest choosing warm, subtle colors. French country is not the design style for those who want bold colors (try Maximalism if that’s more your style!) or want the uniformity of Monochromatic colors (Try Minimalism Interior Design)! Focus on soft neutral colors like tans, creams, yellows, or soft pinks and blues if you want to incorporate more color.

Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades with PowerView® Motorization in kitchens
Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades with PowerView® Motorization
Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ Side Panels in a Farmhouse dining room
Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ Side Panels

Natural Materials & Natural Flooring 

When it comes to choosing design materials to create your French Country interior, the more natural the better, especially when it comes to flooring. Rustic, hand-scraped hardwood is the best option for creating the French Country look. Distressed hardwood not only adds texture to your space but also adds so much character. 

Baldwin Hills 6" European Oak Hardwood in Hyde Park in kitchen with center island
Baldwin Hills 6″ European Oak Hardwood in Hyde Park
Canyon Creek Birch 6.5" Hardwood in Armadillo in boho minimalist bedroom
Canyon Creek Birch 6.5″ Hardwood in Armadillo

The best part about the texture look is that it can be replicated with wood-look materials! Wood-look tile, vinyl, and laminate can create a rustic look while also being waterproof and durable. 

Hydro Vinyl 7" Waterproof Vinyl Plank in Great Falls in dining room
Hydro Vinyl 7″ Waterproof Vinyl Plank in Great Falls
Colossia 9 7/16" Waterproof Laminate in Garner Oak floors
Colossia 9 7/16″ Waterproof Laminate in Garner Oak

Add Old World Charm 

Add some old-world charm to your French Country home by incorporating patterns. While it’s important to keep the look elegant, you can play around with different wall tiles and textiles to incorporate some old-world charm. When it comes to tiles we suggest adding country motifs like floral patterns, rustic tiles, and a focus on a more vintage look. 

Faenza 13x13 Patterned Tile in Azul featured in a bathroom floor
Faenza 13×13 Patterned Tile in Azul
Mirambel 13x13 Patterned Tile in Azul in a kitchen backsplash
Mirambel 13×13 Patterned Tile in Azul

Homeowners can add simple patterns like plaid, stripes, and toile by choosing their textiles carefully. Table linen and window treatments are the easiest way to incorporate these styles.

Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades in an airy living room
Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Design Studio™ Roller Shades in living room
Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ Roller Shades

Vintage area rugs will also elevate your space while providing the classic old-world charm.

Georgia Area Rug 659C in living room
Georgia Area Rug 659C

Accessorize with Purpose: French Country Essentials 

While the base of a home is essential for creating any interior design style, no style is complete with decor and signature elements. When it comes to accessorizing French Country, it’s essential to acknowledge that  French Country is still very different then Farmhouse. Accessories in French Country are shabby chic and meant to create a more elegant space with clean lines.  Mixing vintage look pieces with new ones is a quick way to create a more versatile and complete interior look. 

Shenandoah 5" Red Oak Hardwood in South River flooring in living room
Shenandoah 5″ Red Oak Hardwood in South River

Other popular French Country decor essentials include painted furniture, armoires, free-standing bathtubs, and old-school vanities. 

Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ Roman Shades office window treatments
Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ Roman Shades