Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas

Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas is my creative answer to the occasional grumbling I hear. Over the years, I have posted a ton of inspiring interior design, with a good measure of it falling within the FANTASY range. You know the homes! Professionally designed. Handcrafted and bespoke everything. Hefty budget. Top quality. Fiercely authentic. I’ll receive push back of the sort, ‘yeah, my home would look fabulous too with $10,000 Swedish antiques.’

Belgian linen slipcovered chair and antiqued silver table in Nordic French bedroom by Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas...certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
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Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas

Classic white kitchen. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas...certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Classic white kitchen in a country French home for sale in Hinsdale, IL…in case you admire European inspired style. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.

To be honest, I rarely have such thoughts myself despite not owning a single $10k antique. If you don’t get hung up on provenance and allow yourself creative freedom, French country and French farmhouse style play awfully nice with a limited budget.

Ochre paint color in French country den. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas...certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Beautiful study with ochre painted walls in a country French home also for sale in Hinsdale, IL.
Lovely pale yellow exterior of French country home. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas...certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Enchanting exterior of a lovely French Country home in Elmhurst, IL...hello charming indeed.

The success of the decor relies more on infusing French spirit and sensibilities rather than shopping the best stalls in Paris.

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So these French decor ideas inspired by luxurious French inspired homes discovered in my neck of the woods are suggestions in that spirit.

Classic and coastal style in a luxurious kitchen with dark hardwood floors and white cabinets.
Rich wood floors and white Shaker kitchen cabinets in a country French Hinsdale, IL. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.

Ideas below attempt to provide a spring board for how you might begin to build upon a beautiful look for your French inspired room.

Magnificent lofty ceiling in a kitchen of a French country home with an abundance of warm natural wood and white cabinetry. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas...certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Luxurious and lofty Country French kitchen in Elmhurst, IL.

Decor Idea No. 1

Pale Green Wood Shutters

I know this first idea is not for every home and not even an interior design element! But making our own rustic wood shutters in our prior French home was not too difficult and awfully gratifying.

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Even if your own home is not a sprawling country house in Provence, rustic wood shutters may add curb appeal and charm when you’re going for European charm!

Provence retreat! Inspiring French country interiors, enchanting gardens, and rich architectural details in a historical and luxurious vacation rental from HAVEN IN. #provence #frenchchateau #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #architecture #european #counrtryhouse #havenin #rusticelegance
Photo: Haven In. See more of this convent converted to a villa HERE. Oh those French shutters, climbing vines, and rustic details. This historic chateau near Provence France (Villa St-Saturnin) is located in the heart of the Luberon National Park near the medieval village of St-Saturnin-les-Apt. Simple sophistication merges with Old World charm and breathtaking gardens in this South of France paradise retreat for travelers.
Provence farmhouse pool and outdoor dining in a charming setting.
Photo: Haven In. See more of this Provence vacation home HERE.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.

But which green paint for the shutters? I asked Charlotte of Vivi et Margot, who renovated a farmhouse in France, and she turned us on to:

French farmhouse green shutters paint color: Vert Olivier.
French farmhouse shutters light medium green paint color: TOLLENS Vert Olivier.

Country French Decor Idea No. 2

Pale Painted Trim

Magnificent Artichoke designed kitchen with Flemish influences and grey glazed cabinetry.
Magnificent craftsmanship in a scullery in a kitchen designed by Artichoke in England.
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Romantic French country bedroom with arched windows. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas...certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Romantic French Country bedroom in a gorgeous Elmhurst, IL home.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.

There’s something so elegant and pretty about light painted trim and woodwork, and I especially love the contrast with warm wood floors.

Romantic French Nordic style in a rustic living room in a Cotswolds cottage.
French Nordic style in a Cotswolds cottage. Photo: Pernille Pahle.
French country bathroom with dark brown tiled floor and French mirror.
Rustic elegance in a lovely Country French home in Hinsdale, IL.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.

French Decor Idea No. 3

Romantic Wall Sconces

Dimmable Wallchiere
Dimmable Wallchiere…certainly lovely indeed.
Luxurious white marble bathroom and pale glazed cabinets in a magnificent French Country home. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas...certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Luxurious European inspired bathroom in a lovely country French home Elmhurst, IL. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Belfast 1-Ligh Wallchiere
Belfast Wallchiere…certainly lovely indeed.
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French Country Idea No. 4

Lovely Lanterns (Interior & Exterior!)

Luxurious classic white coastal kitchen with marble countertops and Shaker cabinetry.
Classic white kitchen in a country French home for sale in Hinsdale, IL.

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

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
Houston kitchen in home by Thomas O’Neill Homes.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.

Decor Idea No. 5

French Fireplace Mantels

The thing is there is a French inspired fireplace mantel no matter what the budget. Want me to prove it?

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
Houston kitchen and living area in home by Thomas O’Neill Homes.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.

Some of you may recall the provenance of my own fireplace surround. I wasn’t even shopping for one, but it found me.

French fireplace surround in a beautiful Country French home in Hinsdale.

We rented a home for 6 months as we renovated our fixer, and when I drove by a garage sale a few houses down, I saw it. The homeowner was a contractor who got stuck with a French fireplace mantel for which he had no use. I snatched it up for a song, and he even delivered it to the new house!

Elegant & French Inspired Fireplace Surrounds

Chateau Louis Fireplace Surround
Chateau Louis Fireplace Surround…certainly lovely indeed.
President Churchill Fireplace Surround
President Churchill Fireplace Surround…certainly lovely indeed.
Decorative Fireplace Surround
French Inspired Fireplace Surround…certainly lovely indeed.
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Idea No. 6

Candle Style Chandeliers

Painted wood bathtub apron in a luxurious white marble bathroom in a French country home. Come explore Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas...certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Detail of a bathtub apron with weathered wood and French country influence in a luxurious bathroom in a lovely Elmhurst, IL home. Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Gorgelus soft blue accents in a nursery with exquisite Susan Harter wall mural - Tuft & Trim. #wallmural #susanharter #classicdesign #nursery
Photo: Courtney Davey. Design: Tuft & Trim. Mural: Susan Harter – see more of her work HERE.
French country candle style chandelier.
French Country chandelier…certainly lovely indeed.

Find more lovely Aidan Gray French Country chandeliers RIGHT HERE.

Realistic Country French Decor Idea No. 7

Blue Grey French Hues

A beautiful French fantasy awaits with rustic elegance in the South of France! House Tour: Inspiring Provence French Farmhouse will delight with images of French country Old World inspiration. #frenchcountry #provence #frenchfarmhouse #housetour #interiordesign #rusticdecor
Photo: Haven In See this Inspiring Provence French Farmhouse HERE. Rustic French Country decorating inspiration in a Provencal Villa in Vers-Pont-du-Gard…certainly lovely indeed.
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Realistic Country French Decor Idea No. 8

Cozy Romantic Daybed

French daybed in a lovely Provence farmhouse.
Daybed in a lovely Provence farmhouse offered by Haven In. See more of the interiors HERE.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Baxton Studio Carlina Daybed
Metal Daybed…certainly lovely indeed.
Acklin Daybed
Acklin Daybed…certainly lovely indeed.
Fort Collins Daybed with Trundle and Toybox Divider
Daybed with Trundle…certainly lovely indeed.

Realistic Country French Decor Idea No. 9

Charming French Chairs

Patina Farm breakfast dining area in kitchen. Photo: Brooke Giannetti of Velvet and Linen.
Interior Design: Brooke Giannetti. Exact chairs: Giannetti Home. Photo: Velvet and Linen.
Handsome French Country den with fireplace and wood paneled walls.
Luxurious paneled den in a lovely Country French home in Hinsdale, IL.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Bransford Armchair
French country arm chair…lovely indeed.

See THIS POST for lovely chair options!

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Lovely French Country Chairs to Charm!
Folmar Armchair.
Folmar Arm Chair…certainly lovely indeed.
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Realistic Country French Decor Idea No. 10

Softly Chic Bathrooms

Luxurious and timeless bathroom design with glazed pale cabinetry and white marble.
Luxurious European inspired bathroom in a lovely country French home Elmhurst, IL.
Charming powder room with French country design and a vintage style wood vanity.
Country French charming bathroom in a lovely Elmhurst, IL home.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.
Luxurious white marble surround on a bathtub in a French country home.
White marble bathroom in a lovely country French home Elmhurst, IL.
Double console sinks in a French country bathroom.
Charming console sinks in a bathroom of a Country French home in Hinsdale, IL.
Realistic Country French Decor from Luxurious Ideas…certainly lovely indeed. Decorating ideas for French country style rooms as well as shopping resources.

See these ideas for a bathroom console sink HERE.

Farmhouse style console sink in a French country bathroom.
Curvy legs on a console sink in a French country luxurious home in Hinsdale, IL.

See lovely options for bathtubs for French Country style RIGHT HERE.

Luxurious French Provicincial Home Tour…

We’ll continue our exploration of realistic ideas to steal from luxurious Country French interiors in the second half of this post RIGHT HERE.

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Please do visit my French Country and French Farmhouse boards on Pinterest and RE-pin THE LOVELY!

For a much more humble taste of rustic French Nordic style, see THIS.

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2 Comments

  1. Amy
    September 20, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    I’m like you, Michele, the fantasy type houses you highlight, I gain so many ideas from! I love looking @ all types and price ranges because they all have something to offer when you are gleaning for ideas and inspiration! I especially enjoyed the video of the home tour by the couple in LA…Kazuko is so cute! Oh my…have always wanted a fountain & a lap pool! In.My.Dreams! Their backyard area is beautiful with those sycamore trees they planted and I love their elevated fireplace!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 20, 2020 / 1:22 pm

      Yes! We are so fortunate to be able to peek into the windows of magnificent homes and authentically executed projects. Remember when all we had was a handful of interiors magazines? Thanks so much for taking this for a spin. Hope you are savoring these early fall days of beauty. The weather here is pretty unbeatable and not likely to last 5 minutes!

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