What is French Country decor?

Is Shabby Chic decor just a little too rustic for your tastes? French Country decor might be exactly what you’re looking for then! If you want to add this French provincial style to your home, keep reading to find out the best ways to do it. Let’s break it down:

What it is:

A super close cousin to Shabby Chic decor, French Country decor is all about the beauty of aged furniture. French country decor is a little more toned down than something like Victorian style, but much more feminine than rustic or primitive decor. French country decor features lots of big furniture pieces and invokes a cottage-y feel to any home. The main background is often white, or a muted color, with pops of bright colors in the decorations.

Florals are heavily featured in French country decor, so get that green thumb ready.

Color Palettes:

White, beige, and more beige. The predominant color here is white and muted, with pops of color in the accessories. Here are a few colors to get you started.

Key Features:

French Country decor is a mix of new and old, with features of things that look like they’ve come out of an abandoned farmhouse, or painted with white wash. Floral accents are a heavy feature, both as decorations and in wallpaper.

Things to Keep in Mind:

French country decor is all about white, bright, and floral accessories. This is not the best style of masculine sensibilities, and while aged or worn furniture is a feature, keep in mind that this is a decorating style that features lots of white, so if you’ve got pets or have a hard time keeping the house tidy, this might be a challenge to keep up with.

Tools You’ll Need for French Country Decor DIY Projects:

  • Sandpaper or a Power Sander – For getting off the lacquer or sheen on wood floors, cabinets, and furniture
  • Flowers – Hydrangeas, peonies, and roses are big features of this style, so if you’ve got some gardening skills, this might be right up your alley.
  • Miter saws – If you’re going to build your own furniture or remodel a thrift store find, a basic miter saw is your best bet for getting started. Later on you can upgrade to a compound miter saw, which is AMAZING.
  • Staple Gun – if you plan to reupholster thrift store finds

A Few Favorite French Country Decor Examples:

Cloth and Patina
Everyday Home
French Country Cottage

Get Started with These French Country Decor Accessories:

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Similar Styles: Cottage | Victorian | Shabby Chic


Megan is a 5x award-winning entrepreneur, small business nerd, and industrial decor lover. Megan's products and writing have been featured in dozens of publications, including the Huffington Post and the New York Times. Hair color subject to change, black clothing...probably not.


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