13 Ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look

If you enjoy luxuriating in peaceful interior design inspiration from tranquil French farmhouse moments with plenty of soft neutrals and white, these Ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look will uplift. The inspiration here is rooted in that undeniably serene spirit of airy, natural, unfussy European influenced style.

French country farmhouse kitchen with design by Pamela Pierce, architecture by Reagan Andre, and construction by MDD. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Pamela Pierce; Architecture: Reagan Andre; Construction MDD; Photo: Peter Vitale for Veranda.

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Ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look

If you have been hanging out on this blog for any time at all, you may have noticed I admire European country inspired interiors. *Ahem* What can I say? Those European sensibilities and proclivities for effortless chic style, masterful mixing, and je ne sais quoi are simply unmatched.

Gorgeous French Country entry with magnificent French doors - Decor de Provence. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Design: Decor de Provence. See this home’s tour HERE. Beautiful European Country Design Details…certainly lovely indeed.

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I will forever marvel in wonder how our friends in the countrysides of France, England, Belgium, Italy, Scandinavia, and elsewhere manage to gloriously feather a nest.

French country farmhouse kitchen with design by Pamela Pierce, architecture by Reagan Andre, and construction by MDD. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Pamela Pierce; Architecture: Reagan Andre; Construction MDD; Photo: Peter Vitale for Veranda.
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Authentic & Timeless Design

Capturing an authentically European country look was explored in this piece about getting that rustic yet refined look.

Pamela Pierce's own French inspired kitchen. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Photo: Laura Resen for Veranda…certainly a breathtaking kitchen.

Since antiques play such an important role, budget obviously matters. Yet it is possible to capture the spirit of a lovely country home for yourself if you are willing to lean into a more relaxed Euro state of mind.

Pamela Pierce designed vignette. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Over-sized antique sconces from Watkins Culver – Design: Pamela Pierce in Veranda.
Pamela Pierce interior design ideas.

One of my favorite things about the world of interior design is our ability to create an atmosphere that serves us NO MATTER WHERE WE CALL HOME.

Sophisticated French country interior design inspiration and antiques - Pamela Pierce. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior design: Pamela Pierce…certainly understated, rustic, and elegant.

Modern French Design Inspiration

Hence, designer Eleanor Cummings can create a modern French farmhouse from scratch in Round Top, Texas. I am fascinated by such living works of art and heart because for me they also represent a spirit of American fearlessness and hope. It is risky business when you’re going for timeless and tranquil!

Modern farmhouse living room with French Country decor by Eleanor Cummings. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Eleanor Cumings in Milieu. Beautiful European Country Design Details…certainly lovely indeed.

My own home, an airy and sparely decorated cottage in the Midwest incorporates favored design elements gleaned from European Country decor.

Window seat with linen pillows in a soft, serene, romantic kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
My Kitchen. Hello Lovely Studio. Beautiful European Country Design Details…certainly lovely indeed.
Colette Dining Chairs, Set of 2. #linen #slipcovered #diningchair
Set of 2 Linen Dining Chairs: FIND HERE
Rustic Round Dining Table
Rustic Round Dining Table: FIND HERE

1. Live With What You Love

I’m picky and don’t hang on to things I don’t love, and this is the secret to keeping the look light and more personal. It’s also a very French way to approach decor in that everything decorative must also serve a purpose.

Serene and neutral modern farmhouse decor in a kitchen by Hello Lovely. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Hello Lovely Studio. Beautiful European Country Design Details…certainly lovely indeed.

Trends come and go, so at times the look I love is all the rage, and at times, it isn’t. None of that red carpet fashion forwardness deters me.

Window seat with linen pillows in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry

If you love to collect, than living with what you love may be easy for you! I don’t feel like a collector, yet when I look around I see pale-hued objects and lots of white. So I suppose I collect muted colors.

Bridgers 59" Floor Lamp
59″ Bronze Floor Lamp: FIND HERE.

2. Embrace a Reverence for Euro Textiles

Our home incorporates my favorite textile: Belgian linen. Gorgeous and nubby Belgian linen covers dining chairs, furniture, pillows, and drapery.

As soon as you step inside, you'll notice the European country influences and my love for white French country decorating! Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #hellolovelystudio #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Hello Lovely Studio – Ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look in case you love French interiors.
Chateau Domingue's Ruth Gay's exquisite home with design by Pamela Pierce, antiques, and construction with reclaimed stone and materials from Europe. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Pamela Pierce – Ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look in case you love French interiors.

A wonderful way to bring a rustic layer of European country style and history into your home is to use antique or vintage grain sacks for upholstery, pillows, and art. You can score authentic and old grain sacks RIGHT HERE.

3. Opt for Patina & Weathered Finishes

Ah the look of age! Weathered wood, stone, metals, pots…it’s just so comforting to live with things that have endured what time and the elements dished out! Materials and objects affect us at very subconscious levels, and surely they become these silent reminders that endurance is a key ingredient for maturity and personal growth. See a few exceptional weathered finishes here.

French country living room with reclaimed antique stone floors and walls. Chateau Domingue. Design by Pamela Pierce.
Design: Pamela Pierce. See this home’s tour HERE.

4. Plaster & Artful Finishes

Here’s a breathtaking collection to delight with the most lovely finishes for timeless interiors you can imagine!

From SEGRETO impressions (2019) by Leslie Sinclair. Plastered walls and ceilings as well as reclaimed wood flooring sing in a newly constructed, timeless European country inspired home. #interiordesign #plasterwalls #oldworld #staircase
From SEGRETO impressions (2019) by Leslie Sinclair. Plastered walls and ceilings as well as reclaimed wood flooring sing in a newly constructed, timeless European country inspired home. Architectural Consultant & Designer: Sarah West – Building Designer: Robert Dame Designs – Builder: Parker House – Photographer: Wade Blissard.

5. Rustic Wood Shutters

There is something so irresistible to me about rustic wood shutters on a home exterior. It was one of my favorite design elements at our prior French country home, and our shutters were handmade by my husband. In our present home, I have a few beautiful antique shutters used inside in a subtle way for accent and texture.

Green shutters on a rustic French farmhouse by Vivi et Margot. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Vivi et Margot’s 150 year old French farmhouse near Bordeaux…certainly charming indeed.

Check out these gorgeous DIY custom ones on an authentic French farmhouse HERE.

French farmhouse exterior with beautiful green shutters. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Haven In – Beautiful European Country Design Details…certainly lovely indeed.

6. Open Shelving for Ease

When you have limited space at home, it only makes sense to have only what you need and love. It also follows that those things should be easily accessible. It’s laughable how we Americans have excessive storage spaces we fill and soon forget what we own…out of sight, out of mind.

French country dining room. Chateau Domingue. Design by Pamela Pierce. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
See this home’s tour HERE – Design: Pamela Pierce…certainly inspiring French country decor.

Is it time to open up those cupboard doors and dig inside closets for treasures (and multiples!) long forgotten?

7. Glowing Candles

While the glow of candles is not limited to country European designs, it is surely a romantic common thread running through them. While there is beauty and safety in our battery-operated “candles,” there is nothing like wax dripping down a brass or turned wood candlestick or the flickering flame of sweet glowing pillar.

Need an idea for friendly priced ones? SEE THESE.

Hello Lovely Studio serene vignette with branch and rustic candle holders. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Hello Lovely Studio. Beautiful European Country Design Details…certainly lovely indeed.

8. Glazed Pottery & Earthenware

There’s just nothing like beautifully handcrafted dishes, pots, urns, vases, and useful pieces with purpose and presence.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Dining room in Chateau Mireille, a vacation rental from Haven In…certainly lovely indeed.
French farmhouse living room with antiques, limestone, and shutters on Hello Lovely Studio #chateaudomingue #Frenchfarmhouse #PamelaPierce

9. Hardworking Farm Sink

It’s my favorite design element in our kitchen because it is so user friendly, beautiful, timeless in design, and gorgeous to the touch.

Shaker style white cabinets in simple serene kitchen with white oak floors and Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
Detail of farm sink in French farmhouse kitchen. Vivi et Margot.
Photo: Vivi et Margot – Ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look in case you love French interiors.

10. Fruits from the Garden

French lavender.

French country lavender.
Haven In
French Lavender Flower in Pot
French Lavender Flower in Pot: FIND HERE.

11. Treasures from the Past

Parisian dining room with oval back Louis style chairs - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Beautiful European Country Design Details…certainly lovely indeed.
Fernch farmhouse bathroom by Vivi et Margot.
Vivi et Margot
Knotty alder door to a white French country style bathroom. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Terracotta stone tiles on French farmhouse bathroom floor. Vivi et Margot.
Vivi et Margot

Copper pots. See a pretty set HERE.

12. Beautiful Baskets

Whether it’s a beautiful French market basket or a rattan storage trunk, well made baskets are purposeful and double as decor. I love the quality and charm of shopping baskets from Vivi et Margot, and you can also search for options for a variety of styles HERE.

French market basket. Vivi et Margot.
Vivi et Margot

13. Tranquil Color Palette

My serene white kitchen with farm sink, Viatera quartz counters (Minuet), and Shaker cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio – French country interior design inspiration as well as European farmhouse charm.
Quiet and timeless hues in a French farmhouse bathroom by Vivi et Margot features reclaimed terracotta hex tiles, freestanding tub, romantic chandelier, and Farrow and Ball's Strong White on the walls.
Vivi et Margot

I share paint color ideas often here on Hello Lovely, find ideas here:

Tranquil Paint Colors

Calm Paint Colors

Designer Favorite White Paint Colors

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French Country Bed
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Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
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Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
French Wire Laundry Basket
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White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved 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
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & 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
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston 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
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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.
Photo: Haven In – Chateau Mireille.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved 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
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & 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
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston 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
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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2 Comments

  1. Connie
    January 1, 2020 / 9:43 am

    Once again, a most enjoyable post! I agree: My French/European inspired home isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and it’s not always “in style” or the latest trend, but it’s what we love and to us it seems timeless, comfortable and restful.

    Since we currently moved to a new-t0-us home on 2 acres complete with apple orchard and vineyard, our style now fits in even better 🙂 The rock exterior of our home very much resembles an old cottage one might find in the countryside of France. We just love it here and your posts are inspiring me to continue tweaking our style. 🙂

    • Michele
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      January 1, 2020 / 10:06 am

      Yay! How wonderful to have acreage and nature to inspire your Euro farmhouse dreaming and scheming…woo hoo as you make it your own! Happy New Year!

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved 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
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & 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
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston 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
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing