You’re going to love 8 French Country Decorating Ideas With Blue & Green: Decor de Provence if Provence inspired interiors and French cottages make your heart go BOOM!
8 French Country Decorating Ideas With Blue & Green: Decor de Provence
We can never stray too far from interior design inspiration posts spotlighting beautiful kitchens! Especially a French Country, French Farmhouse, or European Cottage style kitchen.
My longtime blog pal Desiree of Decor de Provence just happens to have one of my all-time favorite character-filled Provence-inspired kitchens around. (You can also find the designer at her shop, Beljar Home, where she can help you create your own dream space!).
Look at the beautiful roof!
Provence Inspired Cottage
Located in Utah, this quality crafted French inspired home for her family is filled with collected antique treasures, rustic elegance, and the Provence-inspired and beachy colors Desiree loves: soft blue-greys and aqua-greens.
Here are some of my picks:
The trim is stained in a custom mix of grey-blue-green I just love.
French Kitchen With Aqua and Green
The charming kitchen is a lesson in rustic elegance and a wonderful backdrop for a young family’s memories.
Let’s take a closer look at design details and finishes in the kitchen and dining area inspired by European farmhouses, yet interpreted in a pleasingly personal way.
(Stylist extraordinaire Bonnie Broten styled these dreamy images, and I recall Desiree raving about the experience…don’t we all wish a stylist would show up on our doorstep with a fresh artful eye on our spaces?)
French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas
1. French Lavender
I love how English and French lavender add an aromatic layer of lovely to the everyday.
I learned lavender can mean devotion, luck, success, happiness or distrust (as far as floral language goes) and the following fun facts about lavender via GrowerDirect:
The name Lavender hails from the Latin, “lavare,” to wash.
Lavender comes from the same family as mint.
2500+ years ago, lavender was used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process.
In Elizabethan times, when baths weren’t common practice, lavender perfumed clothes and bed linen.
The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests.
Lavender oil can be used to: soothe aching muscles and joints, reduce anxiety and stress, and induce sleep.
It is a commonly used ingredient in potpourri.
Nectar from lavender plants is used to make high quality honey.
Lavender plants don’t produce seeds; propagation is done by cutting or root divisions.
Most lavender plants are blue or purple, but there are also pink and yellow varieties.
2. Airy Woven Dining Chairs
While you might expect to see sturdy wood dining chairs or even Gustavian style feminine chairs in here, we see instead a casual, vintage set of chairs.
The woven dining chairs paired with a rustic farm table have a casual, laid-back, beachy feel and add quiet color with a painted green cupboard in the space.
Since the French don’t rush out to buy new furniture when it shows age, scratches, or dents, chairs like these don’t require re-painting or re-sprucing.
3. Zinc Finishes
The pendant lights have a beautiful patina suggesting age, and a zinc topped table or a simple vase with fresh flowers is an easy addition to bring zinc into your French Country kitchen.
4. Open Shelves
Farmhouse kitchens often feature open shelves for ease and casual charm. In this French Country kitchen, small essentials are stowed in lined chicken wire baskets for a tidier look.
5. Green Glass Bottles
Reflective, functional, and sculpturally beautiful, a trio of green glass bottles on the vintage cupboard (below) is a pretty look to achieve South of France flavor in your own space.
6. Hanging Lantern
Even if you can’t find the “just right” vintage lantern for your space, you can improvise with a new one by tweaking the color and also giving it a vintage-look distressed finish.
For example, though this is an authentic finish, you could fake it:
7. Charming Collections on Display
So often we tuck our treasures away and only occasionally enjoy them. However, open shelves of pretty collected dishes and glassware are proof they can play starring roles.
I know a few peeps may fuss: BUT THE DUST, MICHELE, AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! And Mrs. Clean hears you…she truly does. Yet this idea works for collections to everyday dishware when you’re willing to put your feather duster to use.
8. Think Beyond White Trim
I love how Desiree has stained the trim and doors blue-green-grey. She also chose this option for her prior home. It adds a Nordic French feel, both more interesting and at home with the creamy walls. (The custom shade seems similar to Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray.)
Don’t you love a timeless design that will still look relevant in a decade?
Tour This Cottage With Green
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