7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas is a collection of inspiring photos of Country French dining rooms, French inspired decorating ideas, and tips for getting the look. Since I stumbled upon this story about hosting a French Farmhouse dinner party, I have been pondering the ingredients and keeping an eye open for resources.

Exquisite French country dining room by The French Nest Co. Interior Design. Rustc elegance and sophisticated style converge!
Designer Jennifer Lincoln-Cutler is killing me softly as she assembles the spaces in her new home and rolls them out on her beyond gorgeous feed. Exquisite French country dining room by The French Nest Co. Interior Design. Rustic elegance and sophisticated style converge! 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Idea No. 1: Rustic Harvest Table

If there is one piece of dining furniture that sets the tone for farmhouse style, it would have to be the dining table. With so many options in every price range now, and with the accessibility to fine makers who will create them from reclaimed wood, the perfect harvest table for you is within reach. Find some suggestions further down in this post.

Rustic farm table and dining chairs by Shabby Chic Couture by Rachel Ashwell.
Simple, spare, and quietly beautiful dining inspiration from Shabby Chic Couture by Rachel Ashwell. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
French country farmhouse kitchen with rustic lanterns, farm table, wing chairs, reclaimed Chicago brick, and Sherwin Williams Alabaster white paint on walls. Brit Jones Design.
See more of this incredible kitchen in a newly built French home in Texas HERE. Design: Brit Jones Design. French country breakfast dining area. Dining Table: Reclaimed Pine Table. Bench: Hand-finished and Distressed Pine Bench. Copper cookware: Find HERE. Lantern: Feiss – Galloway. Wingback Chair: Nailhead Trim Chair HERE and also HERE. Side Chairs: Round Back Linen Chairs.
French farmhouse dining room with rustic farm table. Photo: Laurey Glenn for Southern Living magazine.
Photo: Southern Living. French farmhouse dining room with rustic farm table. Photography: Laurey Glenn. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

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Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Idea No. 2: Elegant Lighting

The French are masters at creating a romantic mood, and French country inspired sconces and chandeliers can do wonders in an otherwise ho-hum space. Of course, a limestone fireplace, plaster walls, rustic wood ceiling beams, and a pastoral setting won’t hurt either…

French farmhouse dining room at Patina Farm. Giannetti Home.
Patina Living (Gibbs Smith, 2019). Photographs by Victoria Pearson from Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.
Patina Living book cover with African pygmy goats and rustic modern farmhouse styled farm table at Patina Farm - Brooke Giannetti & Steve Giannetti.
Patina Living (Gibbs Smith, 2019).

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Idea No. 3: Liberal Doses of White

The pale color story French country and French farmhouse interiors often follow is part of what makes the decor style irresistible to me. White ironstone, white painted everything, soft neutral wall colors, faded textiles, plaster–white can unify disparate objects and impart calm in a magical way.

Exquisite French country dining room by The French Nest Co. Interior Design. Rustc elegance and sophisticated style converge!
Exquisite French country dining room by The French Nest Co. Interior Design. Rustic elegance and sophisticated style converge! 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Magnificent French farmhouse dining room designed by Pamela Pierce in a Houston home by Reagan Andre.
Design: Pamela Pierce. Architecture: Reagan Andre.
Enchanting Country French farmhouse dining room in white by the French Nest Interior Design Co.
Design: The French Nest Co. Interior Design. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Idea No. 4: Green Accents

You have probably noticed a particular shade of green painted on the shutters of a great number of French farmhouse exteriors, and it’s a wonderful hue to bring inside as well.

Provence French farmhouse known as Bonnieux Villa is a vacation rental from Haven In and offers inspiring gardens, romantic Old World rustic elegance, and interior design inspiration from the South of France!
Photo: Haven In. Provence French farmhouse known as Bonnieux Villa is a vacation rental and offers inspiring gardens, romantic Old World rustic elegance, and interior design inspiration from the South of France!
Slide View: 1: Farmhouse Dining Table
Modern Farmhouse Dining Table, Anthropologie. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In.

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Idea No. 5: Mix With Modern

When a space is collected and layered, the old will very often elevate the new and vice versa. Antiques in an older home may look right at home, but if everything within a home hails from the same era, the mood can grow dull. Look to the work of exceptional designers who have learned the art of mixing modern and antique. Look closer at those rooms you spy that you can’t stop staring at…creating soul in a space requires thoughtful curation.

Magnificent kitchen in an Alabama lakehouse - rustic farm table is a humble moment in a grand room with soaring ceilings and stunning windows. Architecture: Jeffrey Dungan. Design: Richard Tubb. Photo: Chris Luker for Southern Living magazine.
Photo: Southern Living. Magnificent kitchen in an Alabama lakehouse – rustic farm table is a humble moment in a grand room with soaring ceilings and stunning windows. Architecture: Jeffrey Dungan. Design: Richard Tubb. Photography: Chris Luker. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

Whether you possess a magnificent shell of a room to work with (as in the jaw dropping kitchen above with impeccable architectural interest) or a more humble setting (the kitchen below is worlds more humble and an example of a rather popular classic white kitchen), modern elements in a dining space add both freshness and character.

Rustic farm table in a classic white kitchen with open shelving and stainless work table. Photo: Laurey Glenn for Southern Living magazine.
Photo: Southern Living. Rustic farm table in a classic white kitchen with open shelving and stainless work table. Photography: Laurey Glenn.

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Idea No. 6: Decorate With Plates

What a sensational way to showcase a collection, introduce your favorite colors, and display art in a sculptural and geometrically pleasing way.

Stunning Country French farmhouse dining room with white plates displayed decoratively on the wall. Design by The French Nest Interior Design Co.
Design: The French Nest Co. Interior Design. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Photo: Haven In.

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Idea No. 7: Unfussy

My own preference for dining spaces is dictated by a deep need I have for unfussy, uncluttered, and serenity-infused spaces that feel airy and slightly mysterious.

My serene rustic French farmhouse breakfast dining area with harvest table made from reclaimed wood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Ashley Gray. Similar candle holder: HERE. Belgian linen upholstered arm chairs, RH – Similar HERE. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

In the breakfast dining area of our prior home, the beautiful forest outside the windows was impossible to miss and wonderful to enjoy — I tried to simply add function to the space and quiet color which would not detract.

My rustic French farnhouse dining area with harvest table and Belgian linen upholstered chairs - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Ashley Gray. Similar candle holder: HERE. Belgian linen upholstered arm chairs, RH – Similar HERE.

In our current small dining area off the kitchen, the mood is also unfussy, and I often display simple branches from the yard in clear glass containers like this. When entertaining, I cover the table with little clear votive candles.

French country dining room with round pedestal table and rustic lantern. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Dining chairs, RH. Similar chairs HERE. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

French Nordic Dining Room Style

It doesn’t get much more unfussy than a simple vintage grain sack from Germany used as a table runner with an old galvanized bucket of dried hydrangea from the yard.

Hydrangea in bucket in French Nordic dining room by Hello Lovely Studio.
My French Nordic white dining room. Hello Lovely Studio. Wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand. Grainsack, A Beautiful Mess. Paint color on furniture: BENJAMIN MOORE White Dove.

In the French country dining room of our Arizona vacation getaway (I had yet to add a very much needed rug for beneath the table!), I dressed the table equally as simple.

Beautiful serene shabby chic dining room with cane back chairs by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. Wall paint color: VALSPAR Salute. Linen fabric for dining chairs: Shabby Chic Couture. Similar chandelier: Celeste Crystal Chandelier, Pottery Barn. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

After refinishing a fussy dining room set, I layered on a simple linen panel with unfinished fraying edges and fresh hydrangea.

White plaster roses on linen cloth by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio

Treasures Found for a Dining Space

My giant linen backed mood board (which in the image below is bare because we were just getting settled!) has a crazy provenance: it waited patiently in a dumpster in a Home Depot parking lot.

Shabby chic white cane back dining chairs and table by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. Wall paint color: VALSPAR Salute. Similar chandelier: Celeste Crystal Chandelier, Pottery Barn. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

I found the chandelier locally, and here is a lookalike:

Shabby chic white dining room set with cane back chairs by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. Similar chandelier: Celeste Crystal Chandelier, Pottery Barn. Linen fabric for dining chairs: Shabby Chic Couture. Wall paint color: VALSPAR Salute. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Shabby Chic Couture linen fabric covered dining chairs on Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. Linen fabric for dining chairs: Shabby Chic Couture.

Cost Conscious Farmhouse Dining Room Accents

Did you know you can find affordable farmhouse accents at Target?

Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Water Pitcher Stoneware Black / White - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 3 of 5
Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Stoneware Salt Cellar Cream - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 3 of 10
Pepper Stoneware, Target. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Embroidered Stripe Table Runner - Golden Yellow - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 4 of 8
Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia.
Galvanized Charger With Gold Welding - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 1 of 8
Galvanized Charger With Gold, Target. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Stoneware Dinner Plate - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 1 of 13
Stoneware Dinner Plate, Target. 7 Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
2pk Kitchen Towel Yellow - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 1 of 1
Yellow Kitchen Towel Set, Target. Interior Design Inspiration: French Country Dining Room Decorating Ideas and Design Advice as Well as Home Decor, Tabletop and Furniture Finds.
Stoneware Dinner Plate - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 2 of 13
Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia.
Stoneware Dinner Plate - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 3 of 13
Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. Interior Design Inspiration: French Country Dining Room Decorating Ideas and Design Advice as Well as Home Decor, Tabletop and Furniture Finds.
Triangle Dinner Bell - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 1 of 6
Triangle Dinner Bell, Target

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Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room Accents to Invest In

If you have yet to discover Farmhouse Pottery (a Vermont based studio run by a charming couple!), you are in for a treat.

Slide View: 1: Farmhouse Pottery Silo Tumbler
Farmhouse Pottery Silo Tumbler, Anthropologie. Interior Design Inspiration: French Country Dining Room Decorating Ideas and Design Advice as Well as Home Decor, Tabletop and Furniture Finds.
Slide View: 1: Farmhouse Pottery Pantry Candlestick
Farmhouse Pottery Pantry Candlestick, Anthropologie. Interior Design Inspiration: French Country Dining Room Decorating Ideas and Design Advice as Well as Home Decor, Tabletop and Furniture Finds.
Slide View: 2: Farmhouse Pottery Wooden Plate
Farmhouse Pottery Wooden Plate, Anthropologie. Interior Design Inspiration: French Country Dining Room Decorating Ideas and Design Advice as Well as Home Decor, Tabletop and Furniture Finds.
S/4 Wagner Dinner Napkins, Natural/Black
Wagner Dinner Napkins, Set of 4, OKL. Interior Design Inspiration: French Country Dining Room Decorating Ideas and Design Advice as Well as Home Decor, Tabletop and Furniture Finds.

French Farmhouse Dining Table Lovely Finds

Napa Drop Leaf Solid Wood Dining Table
Napa Drop Leaf Dining Table…certainly lovely indeed. Rustic French Farmhouse Style Dining Tables, Tabletop, and Decidedly Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Frida French Country White Wash Round Dining Table
Frida French Country White Wash Dining Table, Kathy Kuo Home. Rustic French Farmhouse Style Dining Tables, Tabletop, and Decidedly Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Althoff Woods Solid Wood Dining Table
Althoff Woods Dining Table. Rustic French Farmhouse Style Dining Tables, Tabletop, and Decidedly Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Swedish Gustavian Oval Drop Leaf Dining Table
Swedish Gustavian Oval Drop Leaf Dining Table, Kathy Kuo Home. Rustic French Farmhouse Style Dining Tables, Tabletop, and Decidedly Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Ryleigh Wooden Top Extendable Dining Table
Expandable Dining Table…certainly lovely indeed. Rustic French Farmhouse Style Dining Tables, Tabletop, and Decidedly Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Arbois French Country Bleached Oak Trestle Dining Table
Arbois French Country Bleached Oak Trestle Dining Table, Kathy Kuo Home. Rustic French Farmhouse Style Dining Tables, Tabletop, and Decidedly Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Valerie Solid Wood Dining Table
Valerie Solid Wood Dining Table, Wayfair. Rustic French Farmhouse Style Dining Tables, Tabletop, and Decidedly Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Lyle Lodge Reclaimed Pine Dining Table
Lyle Lodge Reclaimed Pine Dining Table, Kathy Kuo Home. Rustic French Farmhouse Style Dining Tables, Tabletop, and Decidedly Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Liberty Extendable Dining Table
Liberty Extendable Dining Table…certainly lovely indeed.

Rustic French Farmhouse Dinner Idea

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-michele

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2 Comments

  1. June 16, 2019 / 4:01 pm

    I’ve been curating my own style down to a rustic refined/ rustic elegant look. This is a good post for people who wish to incorporate this style of decor into their homes.
    Pinning and following!

    thx

    • Michele
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      June 16, 2019 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks so much for the support – it’s a wonderful timeless style to admire…peace to you right where you are.

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