How to master French provincial style

The key to this timeless style is focusing on age, patina and character.

The beauty of the French provincial style is that it offers an aesthetic of both luxury and relaxed chic. The contrast of vintage glamour with country charm is what makes this interior trend so well loved, and easily accessible for your home. While opulence and character are at the core to this style, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, Justine Wilson shares her tips on how you can best incorporate the look in your home.

Bedroom

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Soft textured duvet covers and linens on the bed are key. Match with opulent bedside tables that have a worn look to incorporate the old-world glamour look. Choose furniture with classic hardware in bronze or black iron, and pair with a linen or studded headboard. 

Lounge room

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The key to the French provincial style is to stick with a neutral-toned colour palette. Bring an element of light and warmth to your lounge room by adding beige, white or soft grey slip covers to your sofa, and layer with linen cushions and a wool throw. Add texture with a large sisal rug and ensure that some of the furniture in the room has a distressed paint finish.

Kitchen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A timber central island or kitchen trolley is a practical way to add in French provincial to your home, bringing in the element of worn, country charm. If there is no room for this, consider installing butcher block counter tops on your benches. Marble chopping boards and potted herbs with nice glassware and ceramic cream plates will also create a warm, provincial feel.

Lighting

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Updating the light fittings is an easy and effective way to change the tone of your space. Chandeliers or lantern-style fittings exude French glamour, but they don't have to be full of crystals to command a space. Materials like bronze copper or black iron provide the distressed finish work best with the understated charm.

Dining room

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The French provincial style is all about showing age and character, so a large wooden table that is worn and marked is a beautiful, practical way to incorporate country charm into your dining room. Pair with high-back linen chairs, or even chairs with slip covers to give an instant French feel. Finish the look with a linen table runner and a centrepiece of greenery in a vintage vase.

Alfresco area

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Raw cane or white painted cane is typical of the French provincial style, and can be easily styled with soft scatter cushions and draping blankets. Bring in some extra character with large lanterns, and some potted topiary or lavender plants for your table. If you want to go a step further, lay crushed pebbles and line the lanscape with neat hedges.

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