27 Sensible Decor Ideas Inspired by Luxurious French Country Mansions

I don’t live in a luxurious manse, and maybe they aren’t on your radar either. So what is the point in curiously peering inside the windows of French inspired fantasy properties like those below? Beyond the sheer folly, sometimes there is a practical idea or two to take away and apply to our own decor schemes. Sensible Decor Ideas Inspired by Luxurious French Country Mansions spotlight a few pricey pads with magnificent architecture to inspire less lofty designs.

Magnificent French country exterior of a Houston mansion by Thomas O'Neill Homes. #frenchcountry #houseexterior #luxuryhome #homedesign
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Sensible Decor Ideas Inspired by Luxurious French Country Mansions

1. Color Palette Idea: Tranquil Blue-Greys + Limestone

Arched French door entry in a magnificent French country mansion in Hinsdale, Illinois. #frenchcountry #luxuryhome #entry #archeddoors
Entry in a magnificent traditional French country manse in Hinsdale, Illinios, built in 2006 and graced with architectural detail as well as fine finishes.

2. Flowering Trees That Pop Against a Neutral Ground

Magnificent French country mansion in Hinsdale, Illinois.
Exterior of a breathtaking French chateau in Hinsdale, Illinios built in 2006…certainly breathtaking indeed.
Magnificent French country mansion in Hinsdale, Illinois.
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3. Pale Painted Rustic Shutters

Both opulent luxury homes as well as small cozy cottages can be enhanced with the charm of a shuttered exterior.

Magnificent French country exterior of a Houston mansion by Thomas O'Neill Homes. #frenchcountry #houseexterior #luxuryhome #homedesign
Houston home (renovated in 2013) by Thomas O’Neill Homes…certainly stunning indeed.

Need a few more sensible ideas for architectural interest? See these.

4. White Walls Plus White Trim for a Clean Modern French Look

There are those who believe white paint is white paint, and then there is you and me (who know better!). We know the mood changes considerably in a space when walls are painted antique white versus bright gallery white. While the luxurious entry below may actually be graced by plaster walls (and no paint at all!), we can still be visually inspired by the effect of clean bright white for walls and trim.

Architectural ceiling arches in an elegant hall of a French country Houston mansion by Thomas O'Neill Homes. #entry #interiordesign #frenchcountry #luxuryhomedesign
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5. The Power of a Timeless Wallpaper Pattern

Farrow & Ball Silvergate wallpaper near staircase in an elegant French country mansion in Houston by Thomas O'Neill Homes.
Wallpaper: Farrow and Ball Silvergate BP 879 in a magnificent French Houston home (renovated in 2013) by Thomas O’Neill Homes…certainly rich and elegant indeed.
Magnificent architectural wonder of a staircase in a French country Houston mansion by Thomas O'Neill Homes. #frenchcountry #staircase #interiordesign #luxuryhomedesign

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Need ideas for beautiful wallpaper options? See these!

6. Warm Gold Toned Sconces

Theresa Sconce
Theresa Sconce,,,certainly lovely indeed.

Find a few breathtaking examples of French inspired sconces HERE.

Belfast 1-Ligh Wallchiere
Belfast Wallchiere...certainly charming indeed.
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7. Black & White Exterior Colors

Pool and patio area of luxurious Houston mansion by Thomas O'Neill Homes. #pooldesign #luxuryhomedesign #backyardoasis
Design: Thomas O’Neill Homes…certainly stunning indeed.

8. French Country Lantern Pendants (Inside & Out!)

Pool and patio area of luxurious Houston mansion by Thomas O'Neill Homes. #pooldesign #luxuryhomedesign #backyardoasis

Need ideas for beautiful lantern pendant lights? See options HERE.

9. The Power of Black Window Trim

Custom black steel windows and doors come with a hefty price tag, but all sorts of homeowners and DIYers are painting their plain old aluminum windows black for contrast.

Luxurious loggia at a French country Houston home by Thomas O'Neill Homes. #loggia #luxuryhome #luxuryhomedesign

10. Pale Ceiling Beams vs. Dark Brown

Sometimes it makes sense to lighten up the ceiling depending on the overall design as you balance the rustic with the elegant in French country fashion.

Luxurious white French country living room with black steel windows and French fireplace. #frenchcountry #livingroom #interiordesign #luxuryhome

11. French Inspired Mantel Ideas

Is it sensible to splurge on a French fireplace mantel and surround? The answer will surely vary, but the fireplace design can certainly pack a huge punch when you’re going for a French look.

The Deauville Fireplace Mantel Surround
Fireplace Surround With French Country Style…certainly a romantic decor find indeed.
Chateau Louis Fireplace Surround
Chateau Louis Fireplace Surround…certainly stunning indeed.
President Churchill Fireplace Surround
President Churchill Fireplace Surround…certainly classic indeed.
Decorative Fireplace Surround
French Inspired Fireplace Surround…certainly elegant indeed.
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12. Fireplaces Can Set a Mood Whether They Are Working Ones or Not

Elegant French mantel and crystal chandelier in a Houston mansion with French country design. #frenchfireplace #oldworldstyle #interiordesign #frenchcountry

13. Anchor a Seating Area Open to Kitchen With a Rug

Luxurious white French country living room with black steel windows and French fireplace. #frenchcountry #livingroom #interiordesign #luxuryhome

14. Modern French Style Lends Itself to Unadorned or Lightly Dressed Windows

Drapes are incredible decor elements which soften a space and bring texture, color, and pattern to a design. But a more modern look is often associated with an airier vibe.

Luxurious white French country living room with black steel windows and French fireplace. #frenchcountry #livingroom #interiordesign #luxuryhome

Simple tone on tone panels here still impart a modern feel.

Elegant French country white dining room in a Houston mansion by Thomas O'Neill Homes. #frenchcountry #diningroom #luxuryhome #interiordesign

15. Add Drama & Romance With a Chandelier

Lebrun Shabby Elegance French Country 6-Light Candle Style Classic / Traditional Chandelier
French Country Chandelier Options…certainly simple indeed.
Italian Wedding 6-Light Chandelier
Aidan Gray Chandelier…certainly gorgeous indeed.
Landini 6-Light Chandelier
Landini Chandelier by Aidan Gray…certainly lovely indeed.

Find more lovely French inspired chandeliers RIGHT HERE.

16. Rustic Metal Lanterns With Pristine White

Luxurious white French country kitchen with lantern pendants and white cabinets in a Houston manse by TOH. #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #whitekitchens #elegantdecor
Design: Thomas O’Neill Homes…certainly lovely indeed.

See lovely examples of French Country counter stools RIGHT HERE.

17. Subway Tile for a Classic Kitchen Designs

Luxurious white French country kitchen with lantern pendants and white cabinets in a Houston manse by TOH. #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #whitekitchens #elegantdecor
Luxurious white French country kitchen with lantern pendants and white cabinets in a Houston manse by TOH. #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #whitekitchens #elegantdecor

18. Romantic Ambient Lighting in Kitchen

Kitchens always demand extra attention when it comes to lighting, but we often forget about the power of more subtle sources of soft light to help these spaces feel like the true living rooms they are. When the lighting is right in a room, you just want to linger longer!

Luxurious white French country kitchen with lantern pendants and white cabinets in a Houston manse by TOH. #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #whitekitchens #elegantdecor

19. Cozier Pantries

You’re going to rake me over the coals for this one. Is a butler pantry even considered “sensible?” I don’t have one, and it’s a luxury home design feature indeed. So let’s call this a sensible idea if you happen to be building or renovating a home which will include a butler pantry. How about incorporating a cozy little seat for yourself for moments you might peruse a recipe or compose your grocery list.

FINE. Idea #19 is alllllll fantasyland. Hahahahahaha.

Rustic yet elegant French country butler pantry in a magnificent Houston home by TOH. #butlerpantry #frenchcountry #luxuryhome #homedesign

Need ideas for a rustic, French country wall clock? See these.  Find ideas for an antique French pastry table HERE.

20. Louis Style Accent Chairs

These chairs are everywhere, and you can probably score one no matter your budget since plenty of folks sell them for a song at tag sales, and I have even seen them curbside.

Magnificent architecture within a French country Houston mansion by TOH.
French Country Decorating Ideas from Grand Estates! Come peek at beautiful grand homes on the market with French interiors and steal the look for yourself! #frenchcountry #interiordesign #decoratingideas

See THIS POST for lovely chair options!

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21. Velvety Grey Accents & Subtraction Potential

If you’re gazing at this very formal and custom bedroom with its enormous crystal chandelier and thinking, “I could maybe afford the lamp or a bedroom closet door knob,” then I hear you. I’m noticing the pleasing symmetry and the calm color palette and how I could subtract half of what is in here and like it even more. (That’s what I mean by ‘subtraction potential’ which totally sounds like an oxymoron!)

Luxurious, traditional, elegant French country bedroom in a Houston mansion with French country style by TOH. #luxuryhomedesign #bedroomdecor #frenchcountry #customhomedesign
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22. Tray on Tub

Can you spy the sensible idea hiding amid all the opulent grandeur? Across the freestanding tub is a wood tray for grooming products. I have always wanted to add one to my own clawfoot tub, and now I’m inspired to make one or find an option to buy.

Architecturally magnificent and luxurious French country bathroom in a sophisticated Houston mansion by TOH. #luxuriousbathroom #frenchcountry #customhomedesign
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For lovely options for a romantic bathtub see possibilities HERE.

Care to learn a little more about this manse? Let’s peek inside!

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Sophisticated white and light grey French country kitchen with lantern pendants over island in a Houston home by Thomas O'Neill. #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #traditionalkitchen
Elegant classic kitchen in a home by Thomas O’Neill Homes…certainly classic and traditional indeed.

23. Elegant Architectural Details on Island

What a difference inexpensive molding and trim pieces add to a big rectangular bulky island! The corbels here blend so seamlessly, and there’s such a softness with the interesting trim.

Elegant and sophisticated light grey and white kitchen with ceiling beams and herringbone wood floor. #kitchendesign #frenchcountry #customhomedesign #greycabinets

24. Understated Retro Pendant Lighting

You don’t always have to add a showoffy chandelier or imported antique French lanterns to a French country kitchen. In fact, you can freshen the traditional look with more modern accents and unexpected nods.

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25. Light Grey Trim is Beautiful With White Walls

It is getting to be less surprising to see folks paint their trim colors beyond white, and in this empty great room, it’s easy to see how lovely the result can be even before any decor is introduced.

Elegant and sophisticated light grey and white kitchen with ceiling beams and herringbone wood floor. #kitchendesign #frenchcountry #customhomedesign #greycabinets

26. Open Shelving to Break Up a Long Run of Cabinets

No matter what the budget is for a kitchen design, here’s a detail to note when you want to add more movement and interest to a long run of cupboards.

Elegant and sophisticated light grey and white kitchen with ceiling beams and herringbone wood floor. #kitchendesign #frenchcountry #customhomedesign #greycabinets

27. Warm Golden Wood With Cool Grey

Elegant and sophisticated light grey and white kitchen with ceiling beams and herringbone wood floor. #kitchendesign #frenchcountry #customhomedesign #greycabinets

In case you care to note the exterior of the home in which this kitchen lives…

Exterior of a beautiful traditional Houston home with arched steel windows and lovely shutters.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Connie
    January 14, 2020 / 8:08 am

    So many wonderful ideas to take away! I often look at photos of homes (large and small) to glean an idea here, another there, and then find ways to incorporate them into my own French-inspired home.

    Sometimes it’s the littlest idea from a vignette, a small lamp somewhere, or the texture of the fabric on a bench that makes its way into my home, giving it a little more Frenchy-ness overall.

    I always love seeing the French posts you have because to me they are all lovely indeed! 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      January 14, 2020 / 10:01 am

      And I’m so happy always to meet you here in the comments because I feel so joined and uplifted. I think the trick to admire joyfully without being overwhelmed with a need to acquire or becoming envious, is knowing that all of this passes away so clinging is silly. You look at beautiful vignettes and explore the emotion you feel and go from there. I love feathering a nest and moving things around, improving spaces and fiddling with design. But it’s not the most serious or sacred thing happening in my life, right? I think the French understand intuition and its trustworthiness – when you’re listening to your own, it is the best guide for achieving a pleasing result- far superior to any ideas posted here. See how you inspire me?

  2. January 14, 2020 / 9:13 am

    So manny lovely and inspirational images. Funny how doors can be so inspirational all in themselves. I have a passion for them too, having dedicated a whole Pinterest board to doorways. Staircases have the same appeal to me. Both are areas in a home that make a huge statement.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 14, 2020 / 9:52 am

      I’m always surprised by the power of doors and staircases as well. What a difference not just aesthetically, but in other more subtle ways when we upgraded ours since they add so much soulfulness and natural warmth to our home. I love it when those essential design ingredients function artfully. Thanks for reading!

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