Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas

Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas is a collection of inspiring Country French dining rooms, casual outdoor dining, French inspired decorating ideas, and resources to get the look. After stumbling upon this story about hosting a French Farmhouse dinner party, I have dreamed of hosting one under the open sky.

Rustic and elegant, this round French Country dining table features quiche, fresh fruit and olive branches with large ring candle pendants - Sunstone Winery - photo by Shannon Von Eschen. #frenchfarmhouse #tablescape #entertaining #frenchcountry
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Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas

Romantic Spaces to Inspire Dreaming

This Franklin bar cart from Birch and Brass holds mimosa ingredients and gorgeous French country style flowers. #barcarts #frenchcountry #entertaining #outdoordining
Birch and Brass…hello lovely indeed.
Humble country chairs at distressed French farmhouse table. #frenchfarmhouse #dining #outdoordining
Photo: Michele Beckwith
Country French table with set for breakfast at Sunstone. #frenchcountry #tablescape
Michele Beckwith…hello yum indeed.
Pale pink roses climbing a stone wall of a home in Provence. #frenchfarmhouse #roses #gardeninspiration
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Pink garden roses in crystal vase. #frenchcountry #roses #floralarrangement #romanticdecor
Michele Beckwith
Country French outdoor dining . #frenchfarmhouse #rusticelegance #southoffrance
Inspiration from Western France – Vivi et Margot.
Casual outdoor dining at a French farmhouse by Vivi et Margot. #frenchfarmhouse #outdoordining #vivietmargot
Vivi et Margot

Country French Dining Idea No. 1: Rustic Harvest Table

If there is one piece of dining furniture that seems to set 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.

Shabby Chic Couture farm table and chairs at the Prairie by Rachel Ashwell. #shabbychic #farmtable #diningrooms
Simple, spare, and quietly beautiful dining inspiration from Rachel Ashwell. Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Elegant yet rustic breakfast dining area with wingback chairs in a French country home with design by Brit Jones. #diningrooms #interiordesign #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse
See more of this incredible kitchen in a newly built French home in Texas HERE. Design: Brit Jones Design. Dining Table: Reclaimed Pine Table; Bench: Hand-finished and Distressed Pine Bench; Copper cookware: Find HERE; Lantern: Feiss – Galloway. Similar 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.
Southern Living – French farmhouse dining room with rustic farm table (photography: Laurey Glenn).

It’s hard to say no to a gem of a shelter magazine showing up in your mailbox monthly when a whole year costs 5 bucks!

Southern Living Subscription…certainly lovely indeed.

Farmhouse Dining Idea No. 2: Elegant Lighting

Serene and spare white French dining room - The French Nest Co. Interior Design. #frenchcountry #diningroom #whitedecor #oldworld
The French Nest Co. Interior Design – rustic elegance and sophisticated style converge! Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

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…

Patina Farm dining room with antique French stone mantel and romantic sconces. #diningrooms #rustic #frenchfarmhouse #limestone #patinafarm #giannettihome
Photographs by Victoria Pearson from Patina Living (Gibbs Smith, 2019) 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)…certainly lovely indeed.

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. Additionally, white ironstone, white painted everything, soft neutral wall colors, faded textiles, plaster–white can unify disparate objects and impart calm in a magical way.

Layered with interest and shades of white to greige, this dining room by The French Nest Co is serene and timeless. #frenchfarmhouse #diningroom #countryfrench #whitedecor #allwhitedecor #oldworldstyle
French country dining room by The French Nest Co. Interior Design…certainly lovely.
Magnificent French farmhouse dining room designed by Pamela Pierce in a Houston home by Reagan Andre. #diningrooms #french #interiordesign
Design: Pamela Pierce/Architecture: Reagan Andre...hello lovely indeed.
White accents in a French dining room with antiques and herbarium. #thefrenchnestco #frenchcountry #diningrooms
The French Nest Co. Interior Design…certainly lovely. Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Rose pink check French tablecloth set for an outdoor picnic. #vivietmargot #frenchfarmhouse #checks
Vivi et Margot

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.

Casual outdoor dining at a French farmhouse by Vivi et Margot. #frenchfarmhouse #outdoordining #vivietmargot
Casual farmhouse outdoor dining – Vivi et Margot.
Charming outdoor dining at Bonnieux Villa in Provence. #provencestyle #frenchfarmhouse #luxuryvilla #havenin #outdoordining
Haven In. -Provence French farmhouse known as Bonnieux Villa is a vacation rental with inspiring gardens and romantic Old World elegance as well as garden inspiration.
Farmhouse Dining Table with retro pistachio green dining chairs. #modernfrench #diningfurniture #farmtable
Modern Farmhouse Dining Table, Anthropologie…certainly lovely.
Cheerful greens in a dining room of a luxurious villa in Provence, Chateau Mireille. #frenchchateau #diningroom #frenchcountry #greendecor
European farmhouse, Country French, and also French country design inspiration from Château Mireille (Photo: Haven In).

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 the home hails from the same era, the mood may grow dull. Look to the work of exceptional designers who have learned the art of mixing modern and antique.

Magnificent windows and lofty ceiling height in a kitchen of a Jeffrey Dungan designed home. #jeffreydungan #kitchen #rusticelegance
Southern Living. Magnificent kitchen in an Alabama lakehouse with architecture by Jeffrey Dungan. Design: Richard Tubb. Photography: Chris Luker..

Refined Yet Rustic Dining Idea No. 6: Decorate With Plates

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

Monochromatic French country dining room with white plates on wall - The French Nest Co Interior Design. #frenchcountry #diningrooms #platesonwall
The French Nest Co. Interior Design…certainly lovely. Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery as well as shopping resources.

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.

Serene and peaceful breakfast dining room with farm table and Swedish chairs - Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #diningroom #farmtable #frenchNordic #benjaminmoore #ashleygray
Hello Lovely Studio; wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Ashley Gray. Similar candle holder: HERE. Belgian linen upholstered arm chairs, RH – Similar HERE. Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of 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.

Serene and peaceful breakfast dining room with farm table and Swedish chairs - Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #diningroom #farmtable #frenchNordic #benjaminmoore #ashleygray #belgianlinen
Hello Lovely Studio; wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Ashley Gray. Similar candle holder: HERE. Belgian linen upholstered arm chairs, RH – Similar HERE. French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.

In our current breakfast nook, the mood is also unfussy, and I often display simple branches from the yard in clear glass containers or garden roses. When entertaining, I cover all the tables with little clear votive candles.

Belgian linen slope arm dining chairs and small round breakfast table in serene kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcountry #nordicfrench #belgianlinen #breakfastnook #slopearmchairs #serenedecor
Hello Lovely Studio

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.

White French Nordic dining room with German antique grainsack and galvanized bucket of hydrangea on table - Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchnordic #diningroom #frenchcountry #whitefrench #grainsack #hydrangea #benjaminmoorewhitesand
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. #diningroom #hellolovelystudio #shabbychic #frenchcountry
Wall paint color: VALSPAR Salute; Linen fabric for dining chairs: Shabby Chic Couture; similar chandelier: Thao Chandelier…hello lovely indeed. French Farmhouse Dining Ideas as well as photo gallery of dining spaces and shopping resources.

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

Beautiful serene shabby chic dining room with cane back chairs by Hello Lovely Studio. #diningroom #hellolovelystudio #shabbychic #frenchcountry
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.

Beautiful serene shabby chic dining room with cane back chairs by Hello Lovely Studio. #diningroom #hellolovelystudio #shabbychic #frenchcountry
Hello Lovely Studio – wall paint color: VALSPAR Salute.
Beautiful serene shabby chic dining room with cane back chairs by Hello Lovely Studio. #diningroom #hellolovelystudio #shabbychic #frenchcountry
Linen fabric for dining chairs: Shabby Chic Couture. Wall paint color: VALSPAR Salute. 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 in Hello Lovely Studio's dining room. #rachelashwell #shabbychiccouture #fabric #diningroom
Hello Lovely Studio – Linen fabric for dining chairs: Shabby Chic Couture...certainly lovely.

Cost Conscious Farmhouse Dining Room Accents

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

Hearth and Hand with Magnolia dining table and tabletop.
Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia…certainly lovely. Rustic Elegant Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors as well as shopping resources.
Water Pitcher Stoneware Black / White - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia
Water Pitcher…hello lovely indeed.
Water Pitcher Stoneware Black / White - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia.
Hearth and Hand with Magnolia…certainly lovely. 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.
Stoneware Salt Cellar, Target…certainly lovely.
Stoneware Salt Cellar Cream - Magnolia.
Pepper Stoneware, Target…certainly lovely. 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.
Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia…certainly lovely.
Galvanized Charger With Gold Welding - Hearth & Hand.
Galvanized Charger With Gold, Target…certainly lovely. Rustic Elegant French Farmhouse Dining Ideas: Inspiring photo gallery of Country French farmhouse interiors and design ideas as well as shopping resources.
Table Runner Stripe Golden Lotus.
Table Runner Stripe, Target…certainly lovely.
Stoneware Dinner Plate - Hearth & Hand.
Stoneware Dinner Plate, Target…certainly lovely. 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.
Yellow Kitchen Towel Set, Target…certainly lovely. French Country Dining Room Decorating Ideas and Design Advice as Well as Home Decor, Tabletop and Furniture Finds.
Stoneware Dinner Plate - Hearth & Hand.
Hearth and Hand with Magnolia…certainly lovely.
Stoneware Dinner Plate - Hearth & Hand.
Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia…certainly lovely. 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/
Triangle Dinner Bell, Target…certainly lovely.

Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room Accents in Which to Invest

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

Handloom Table Runner, White/Natural
Handloom Ta.ble Runner, OKL…certainly lovely.
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.
Natural Woven Seagrass Baskets with Lid.
Round Baskets…hello lovely indeed.
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.
S/2 Berlin Hurricanes.
Set of 2 Berlin Hurricanes, OKL…hello lovely indeed.
Farmhouse Pottery Wooden Plate.
Farmhouse Pottery Wooden Plate – French Country Dining Rooms as Well as Home Decor, and Furniture Finds.
Farmhouse Pottery Wooden Plate.
Wooden Plates…certainly rustic indeed.
S/4 Wagner Dinner Napkins, Natural/Black.
Wagner Dinner Napkins – Interior Design Inspiration: French Country Dining Room as Well as Home Decor and Furniture Finds.

Dining Tables to Consider

Tiphaine extendable dining table
Tiphaine Extendable Dining Table…hello lovely indeed.
Kingsley sandblasted white dining table
Kingsley Sandblasted White Dining Table…certainly a lovely pedestal.
Althoff Woods Solid Wood Dining Table
Althoff Woods Dining Table…in case you admire French legs.
Hooker furniture Wakefield extendable dining table
Wakefield Dining Table…hello lovely indeed.
Ryleigh Wooden Top Extendable Dining Table
Expandable Dining Table…certainly lovely indeed.
Valerie Solid Wood Dining Table
Valerie Solid Wood Dining Table…in case you need a friendly priced table. Rustic French Farmhouse as well as French Country Decor Inspiration.
Reclaimed Pine Dining Table
Reclaimed Pine Dining Table…Rustic French Farmhouse Tables as well as Pretty French Country Decor Inspiration.
Liberty Extendable Dining Table
Liberty Extendable Dining Table…certainly lovely indeed.

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-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
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 Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Cedar & Blossom Candle
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera 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
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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6 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
      Author
      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.

  2. Barbara at Mantel and Table
    August 12, 2020 / 3:44 pm

    It’s all beautiful Michele! I love to come here for your wonderful inspiration! Thanks so much!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 12, 2020 / 3:45 pm

      I’m so lucky to have you here, friend! Be over in a bit to see what you’re up to. 🙂

  3. Melaina Jones
    August 12, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    Loving all of this. Thank you. Might you have a source for the light you have pictured hanging above the dining table in your Arizona getaway? Also tried for the Wagner napkins pictured but the sight no longer carries them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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