How To Achieve A French Provincial Look On A Budget

by Dannica
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Exuding airiness and openness, it is so easy to fall in love with French Provincial design. It’s simple and at the same time, elegant. Given our list of expenses at home, it can be quite challenging to achieve this look. But, it’s not impossible – it’s all about being resourceful and compromising.

French Provincial On A Budget

If you have always wanted a French Provincial look in your home but youre on a tight or low budget, this is a treat for you! Well gonna list out some accessories/tricks and some alternatives to achieve your dream space, so get ready to transform your home into a french haven!

Buy This, Not That: French Provincial Design

Here are some accessories with their more cheaper alternative to add to your home:


For your French Provincial lighting, a chandelier is a must. However, a new and super posh chandelier can cost you around $500. So, instead of an expensive chandelier like this (which you can totally splurge on if you like),

French Provincial Design
Crystal Glass Chandelier – $79.99

you can look for something that is a bit more around your budget like this one. And if you still think it is a bit out of your range, you can wait for a sale or check out our Weekend Steals where we post weekly deals. Alternatively, refurbishing your old chandelier is also a great idea.

Crystal Chandelier – $45.62


A white or neutral-colored wall is one of French Provincial’s distinct characteristics. You can opt out of wallpaper or paint.  

Traditional Damask Wallpaper – $41.24
Anaglypta Wallpaper – $41.58

Paint on average is cheaper and requires very few supplies, and an amateur can apply it.  It should be noted that inexpensive wallpaper can be purchased and if you do it yourself can cut down on installation costs. Quick tip: If you already have a white/neutral wall you can clean it with warm water and liquid dishwashing soap.

Montage Signature Paint


One of the design trends’ focal point, a fireplace is a major accessory for this style. Anyhow, not everybody has a fireplace in their house. Yes, you can have it installed (I mean, why not?) but it would cost you thousands of dollar.

Arch Screen with Double Bar for Fireplace – $27.13

But, if you don’t really feel like it is necessary, then you can go for a digital fireplace – cheaper and super doable.

LED Electric Fireplace Stove Insert – $$299.99


I think this one is a vital part of every design trend. In a French Provincial home, the mirrors with intricate molding are in style. The bigger and more detailed the mirror, the pricier it gets. So, our advice is to look through different shops and compare the prices.

West Frames Elegance Ornate Embossed Wood Framed Wall Mirror
Regal White Distressed Wall Mirror

Visiting a flea market is also a viable option when you are looking for a mirror.

Flea Market


Cabinets are one of the most budget-friendly accessories in a French Provincial design. Why? Because it’s very DIY-able. If you have some old dressers in your house, then you can repaint them with white or neutral color and voila! You have given it a new life.

Accent Cabinet – Scroll Pattern

There are also a lot and inexpensive cabinet to choose from if you’re set on buying a new one. You just have to exert some time to find the best deals.

Having a tight budget while decorating can be constricting, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve the look you envision. You just have to be creative and resourceful. Planning is also a major key to home improvement, so, make sure that everything’s set before you work on your design inspiration.

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