40 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas

40 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas will inform, uplift, and inspire admirers of rustic French country interior design. It is hard to resist the authentic charm of a Provence or South of France country house – and we’ll look at examples beyond Provence with beautiful limestone, weathered shutters, and French country charm.

French farmhouse kitchen of Ruth Gay of Chateau Domingue. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: Chateau Domingue. Proprietor Ruth Gay’s Tuscan country manor style kitchen sings with gorgeous texture. Walls of French Limestone Bugets, an open hearth, and reclaimed cobblestone flooring humbly harmonize.

40 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas

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French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 1: TIMELESS TRANQUILITY

Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s Patina Farm master bedroom embodies the timelessness and tranquility so desirable and consistent with French farmhouse sensibilities. What makes it timeless? Will the paint color look dated in 10 years? Um, not a chance since there is no paint on the walls…we’re seeing a thin coat of plaster, mes amis. How is it tranquil? A soothing color palette, sumptuous fabrics, and an airy atmosphere with a killer view of the countryside.

Patina Farm master bedroom. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Giannetti Home. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 2: HUMILITY

Listen. I’m aware of what the price tags read on Swedish antique furniture and old rustic French dining tables. They were built to last, are collectible, and are rare. But I’m also aware of how they reflect a humble charm. I love how Tracie of My Petite Maison lives with beautiful collected pieces in her Swedish immigrant’s cottage. There’s an undeniable humility, and nothing feels too precious or hands off.

French Nordic interior by My Petite Maison.  See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison. White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 3: RUSTIC STONE

The warm glow of the reclaimed ancient stone from Chateau Domingue leaves me awed and breathless. Read more about this home HERE.

Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance and French farmhouse style converge in this house tour of founder Ruth Gay's home on Hello Lovely. Reclaimed stone, antique doors and mantels, and one of a kind architectural elements. #housetour #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #rusticdecor #pamelapierce #elegantdecor #livingroom
Design & Photo: Chateau Domingue.
Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 4: REPURPOSED FINDS

While it may not always make sense to retrofit valuable European antiques, there are plenty of inexpensive vintage pieces anyone would feel free to repurpose. This vanity in the light flooded master bath at Patina Farm is a sight to behold. Why let an old table gather dust in a library or guest bedroom when you could enjoy it every single day as a useful and beautiful fixture?

Patina Farm master bathroom with repurposed antique vanity - Giannetti Home. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Giannetti Home. Photo: Velvet and Linen.
White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.
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French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 5: REVERENCE FOR NATURE

The French truly know how to appreciate nature and enjoy it to the fullest. Bringing fresh flowers into the home is but one possibility. My favorite way to enjoy the fruits of my garden? A simple branch in a clear glass vase.

Vintage stairs in French Nordic home of My Petite Maison. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison. French Nordic interior design photos to inspire admirers of European farmhouse decor and French country cottage style.

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 6: PURPOSEFUL DECOR

Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot has a keen eye for beauty and is fluent in the language of French farmhouse since she happily owns one. Her shop is a lovely example of purposeful decor that is useful as well as beautiful to display.

White French biots from Vivi et Margot. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: Vivi et Margot.
Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 7: LINEN

Velvet and Linen’s Brooke Giannetti has an ongoing love affair with linen and used it for panels in their master bedroom closet in lieu of closet doors!

Swedish antique in Patina Farm dressing area of master bedroom. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Giannetti Home. Photo: Velvet and Linen.
White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 8: VINTAGE FRENCH SHEETS

Fortunately, there is still an ample supply of antique and vintage French sheets for pillows, slipcovers, curtains and more. Monogrammed examples with embroidery add a graphic layer of interest to the mix.

French Nordic decor inspiration from My Petite Maison. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison.
French Nordic interior design photos to inspire admirers of European farmhouse decor and French country cottage style.
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French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 9: NATURAL MATERIALS

This kitchen sink-side vignette from Vivi et Margot’s French farmhouse kitchen perfectly illustrates how a lovely mix of natural materials can sing. The warmth of aging brass and copper, the softness of the wood countertop, the cool marble backsplash, and earthy clay jars harmonize without upstaging each other. Best of all, they will only improve with age!

French farmhouse kitchen decor by Vivi et Margot. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: Vivi et Margot.
Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!
Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance and French farmhouse style converge in this house tour of founder Ruth Gay's home on Hello Lovely. Reclaimed stone, antique doors and mantels, and one of a kind architectural elements. #housetour #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #rusticdecor #pamelapierce #elegantdecor #limestone #stairs #reclaimedstone
Design & Photo: Chateau Domingue.
Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 10: FEMININE SILHOUETTES

The curves of the dining chairs (Chateau Domingue) suggest a feminine silhouette and play against more rugged pieces and textures.

Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance and French farmhouse style converge in this house tour of founder Ruth Gay's home on Hello Lovely. Reclaimed stone, antique doors and mantels, and one of a kind architectural elements. #housetour #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #rusticdecor #pamelapierce #elegantdecor #diningroom
Design & Photo: Chateau Domingue.
White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 11: CREAMY WHITES

The art of combining putty, snow, stone, and sand is one that perhaps takes time to learn – and it’s always a pleasure to train the eye with teachers like My Petite Maison’s instagram feed!

White French Nordic decor inspiration from My Petite Maison. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison.
French Nordic interior design photos to inspire admirers of European farmhouse decor and French country cottage style.
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French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 12: RUSTIC BREAD BOARDS

They’re functional, display-able, and develop beautiful patina. They can also be brought into service outside of the kitchen. Brooke Giannetti has used them on upholstered ottomans and on top of wicker trunks when a more solid surface is desired.

Beautiful French country breakfast area at Patina Farm. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Giannetti Home. Photo: Velvet and Linen.
Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 13: WOOD LEFT NATURAL

There’s something so lovely about country furniture when the wood is left natural or stripped to reveal its original state. Add white and boom. Magic.

French Nordic style vignette by My Petite Maison. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison.
White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 14: TERRACOTTA TILES

The reclaimed hexagon antique terracotta tiles used as flooring in this French farmhouse’s renovation were key for achieving an authentic result. Bonus? The coppery tone of the beautiful tile echoes the copper pot collection!

Terracotta hexagon tiles on kitchen floor in French farmhouse by Vivi et Margot. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: Vivi et Margot.
French Nordic interior design photos to inspire admirers of European farmhouse decor and French country cottage style.

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 15: WHIMSY

Can a French antique shaving stand become an elegant tableau in a French Nordic cottage? Mais oui! Is there such a thing as subtle whimsy? Oui again!

French antique shaving stand vignette by My Petite Maison. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison.
Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 16: ANTIQUE DOORS

I’m fully aware we are approaching FANTASY territory since introducing antique doors into your home is neither easy nor inexpensive. However, every door in your home need not be replaced with a pretty and old one. A pantry door, for example, could become a charming statement.

Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance and French farmhouse style converge in this house tour of founder Ruth Gay's home on Hello Lovely. Reclaimed stone, antique doors and mantels, and one of a kind architectural elements. #housetour #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #rusticdecor #pamelapierce #elegantdecor #antiques
Design & Photo: Chateau Domingue.
White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.
Reclaimed stone, antique doors and mantels, and one of a kind architectural elements. #housetour #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #rusticdecor #pamelapierce #elegantdecor #bathroom #antiques #stone
Design & Photo: Chateau Domingue.
White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 17: GALVANIZED GLORY

Whether it is watering cans, buckets, or metal dining chairs, it’s easy to add old and new galvanized glory.

Brooke Giannetti's chicken coop and gardening shed at Patina Farm. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Giannetti Home. Photo: Velvet and Linen.

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 18: GRAVEL & GARDENS

I recently shared how we easily created a French courtyard HERE, and pea gravel played a starring role.

Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance and French farmhouse style converge in this house tour of founder Ruth Gay's home on Hello Lovely. Reclaimed stone, antique doors and mantels, and one of a kind architectural elements. #housetour #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #rusticdecor #pamelapierce #elegantdecor #greenhouse #antique #frenchgarden
Design & Photo: Chateau Domingue.
Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!

French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 19: UNFUSSY BATHROOMS

In contrast to many classic American bathrooms, heavy on the showoffy walls of marble and soaring custom linen cupboards, French farmhouse style seems to say ‘relax already.’

Bathroom with raised vessel sinks and repurposed antique vanity - by Giannetti Home. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Giannetti Home. Photo: Velvet and Linen.
White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.
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French Farmhouse Design Idea No. 20: UNDECORATED & UNDERDONE

It takes some thought to arrive at an ‘undecorated’ look, oui? Simplicity doesn’t always just happen or follow laziness…there are editing decisions and restraint to be had.

White painted floor and serene design by My Petite Maison. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison.
French Nordic interior design photos to inspire admirers of European farmhouse decor and French country cottage style.
French farmhouse kids bedroom with twin metal panel beds and pink accents - by Vivi et Margot. See more rustic elegant French farmhouse design ideas and decor inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design & Photo: Vivi et Margot.
Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Design Ideas With Photos of Pale, Neutral, White Interiors. European country style, country french decor, and Nordic French interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed!
Three pairs of 18th century French doors, barrel vaulted ceiling clad in 17th century stone from a French Vineyard, and blissful upholstered pieces grace Ruth Gay's office.#chateaudomingue #antiques #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #lantern #limestone #oldworld
Design & Photo: Chateau Domingue.

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Aidan Gray chandelier and Belgian linen panels in master bath at Patina Farm - Giannetti Home.
Interior Design: Giannetti Home. Photo: Velvet and Linen.
White Nordic French design ideas and inspirational photos…certainly lovely indeed. French country inspired interiors with rustic stone, European antiques, weathered finishes, and linen.
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
French Country Wing Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Loveseat
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Rectangle Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

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4 Comments

  1. Connie
    February 25, 2019 / 10:17 am

    Love it all!

    • michele
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:49 am

      I knew you would! xox

  2. February 25, 2019 / 10:38 am

    I love how you have dissected what is French and put a name, a number, a definition and an image to it. And your little words of wisdom along the way made it such an enjoyable journey. And thought provoking as well. So let me see, who does my dog not like???…..

    • michele
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:49 am

      It’s enjoyable to study the images and look for those common threads – to demystify the mix somewhat and creatively imagine small ways to decorate in the same spirit. The French are such masters at effortless design – so it’s an effort for some of us to learn!

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