How to Elevate French Country Design: 15 Ideas to Inspire Now

This new build with interior design by Jenny Martin Design is oozing with inspiration and is destined to appeal to my fellow Francophile design freaks! 15 Dreamy French Country Design Ideas to Inspire tours a Canadian home with exquisite architecture and Old World style interpreted in fresh, modern terms. I think you’ll fall for the exterior charm and classic interiors decorated with a restrained palette.

Exterior of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #houseexteriors #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign
French country design ideas as well as a house tour with design by Jenny Martin.

Project: Maison de Lee (in Victoria’s South Oak Bay neighborhood); Builder: M. Knight Construction; Home Design: Zebra Group; Interiors: Jenny Martin Design

15 Dreamy French Country Design Ideas to Inspire

1. White Brick Exterior

Even though a lot of folks have grown tired of seeing homes of all styles getting the “modern farmhouse treatment” with white painted brick and black trim, this home wears her white brick gloriously.

Exterior of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #houseexteriors #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

Notice how her eyebrows are on fleek…

Exterior of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #houseexteriors #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

and isn’t this an inviting entrance!?!

Summer Thornton quote from WONDERLAND. #designquotes #decoratingquotes

“Aiming to incorporate traditional elements with an aged vintage quality, this project integrates detailed mouldings, rustic white-oak beams and soft arches, pairing them with unlacquered brass and natural marble specifically selected to age gracefully over time. The aesthetic was elevated with a restrained palette of natural tones.” – Jenny Martin

2. Surprisingly Understated White French Country Kitchen

I could move right into this kitchen! It’s elegant but not too fancy or fussy.

Kitchen with gold hardware in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign
French country design ideas as well as a house tour with design by Jenny Martin.

I love the warmth of the wood island, and notice how it is stained to exquisitely harmonize with the beauty of the wood flooring.

3. Deep Shelves That Are More Than Decorative

I can’t decide whether to add open shelving to our kitchen. On the one hand, I like the idea of being able to change out decor seasonally. But I don’t like dust accumulating on accessories, and functional things on the shelves appeal to me more.

Wood open shelves in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #openshelves #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

So I appreciate how these hefty shelves hold everyday items and essentials that aren’t for show.

4. Thoughtful Millwork in the Kitchen

Since we’re renovating (delicately and on a budget) our own kitchen at the moment, I am noticing lots of little details that may go unnoticed but pack a big punch.

White kitchen in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

Like the fact there’s base molding that makes the lower cabinets look so finished and tidy. I’m not a huge fan of seeing the toe kick.

5. Pantry or Scullery to Hide Clutter

What a dream to have an area away from the main space to house bulky items, appliances, or things at which you don’t want to stare.

Pantry in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #pantrydesign #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

As I put together a wish list for my own kitchen re-do, I find that creating the right mood is most important to me. And the mood I want to create is a peaceful living area that I don’t want to leave. Getting that light, tranquil mood involves keeping things less fussy, less busy, less cluttery, less clunky, and less utilitarian. (Wait. Am I contradicting myself? I thought I was too sensible and conservative to “decorate” a kitchen!?! Renovation does this to a person!!!)

6. Gold-toned Hardware and Fixtures in French Kitchen

Have you noticed how much Frenchy charm and warmth the gold adds throughout this kitchen?

Lacanche range in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

7. Traditional Custom Built-ins

What a beautiful and highly useful wall of cabinets and shelving in this breakfast area!

Breakfast dining in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

8. Skinny Arched French Doors

Oh my goodness, I’m in love with narrow sets of double doors, aren’t you? It’s the drama and the romance and the feeling of refinement they bring.

Arched door in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

“Awarded 7 care awards, including the coveted title of Project of the Year, project Maison de Lee resulted in a stunning marriage of styles, creating a traditional home that sets the stage for stories to be written within its walls.” – Jenny Martin

10. Instant Age Created With Bright White & Oak

It seems more common in the 2020s to see black and white kitchens so I’m reminded of how more traditional kitchens with warm wood tones feel older and timeless. Did you notice there is an absence of the color black?

Island with counter stools in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

11. Airy Mudroom With Cubbies & Baskets

While we probably don’t have the time or talent to build such wonderful built-ins in our mud room, I love this style of organization!

Mud room with built-ins in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #mudroom #interiordesign

12. Beautiful Bones in a Music Room

That oval window! I love the intimacy that happens with a smaller room like this which could be used for any number of purposes. When the architecture and views are this pretty, it hardly seems to matter how the room is decorated or used!

Violins on wall in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

13. Informal Entry and Stairs

What a calming sort of entry with the natural woven textures, absence of color, and understated mood with lovely finishes.

Staircase in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

14. Luxurious Yet Not Obnoxious Custom Closet

I guess “obnoxious” is truly subjective when it comes to how glammy a closet should be. This one has amazing architecture and craftsmanship and reminds me that, yep, a closet can sell a house!

Custom closet in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #customclosets

15. Timeless Bathroom Design Elements in a French Country House

I’m just crazy about tubs like the one below, and here’s the thing: even if they aren’t your thing, it’s an easy change-out as opposed to monstrous jetted tubs on platforms surrounded by miles of tile. *ahem*

(I may or may not have a dated bathroom to renovate at home.)

Clawfoot tub in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrybathroom #interiordesign

Choosing tile for a bath can be stressful since you know you’ll be living with it for a long time. Make sure you choose timeless styles and patterns that won’t seem silly in ten years.

Marble shower in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrybathroom #interiordesign

I mean, look at this beautiful marble vanity:

White bath in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrybathroom #interiordesign

Sweet cozy Moses, I would never tire of looking at it!

White bathroom console sink in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrybath #interiordesign

And all the yeps to this gorgeous console sink above with Frenchy mirror and sconces!

Neutral living room in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #livingrooms

Have a favorite feature from today’s inspirational house tour? Let me know! I love it when you leave comments or questions or random, and believe it or not, a lot of bloggers do not share such enthusiasm.

Patio at beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

Blogging has become such big business that simple questions like “what paint color did you use on…” are a bother to many bloggers who have other concerns.

Exterior facade of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #houseexteriors

But I’m old school and love the continuing conversation percolating since January of 2010! I actually started blogging in 2008 (I deleted that other blog when Hello Lovely debuted) and am so tickled that some of you still visit daily!

Summer Thornton quote from WONDERLAND. #designquotes #decoratingquotes
Did you miss the Summer Thornton bliss HERE?

Big weekend of dusty renovation projects ahead. I will share updates one of these days, but it’s more important for me to get the work done and THEN give you the full scoop!

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-michele

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29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
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
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
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
Tray Side 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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10 Comments

  1. Catherine
    April 10, 2022 / 6:53 am

    The bathroom sink with marble surround and gold mirror is just stunning. I love everything in the picture. There is not one thing I would change. I really enjoy your blog, you always share such wonderful places. Thank you x

    • Michele
      Author
      April 10, 2022 / 8:05 pm

      I felt the same way about this place! Thanks so much for being here – I have the best followers! 🙂

  2. Vicki
    April 11, 2022 / 2:59 pm

    Fabulous house!! Always love your posts and especially your quotes. Please share if you know any info on the pot filler and the island sink faucet.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 12, 2022 / 3:22 pm

      I’ll look into those design elements, Vicki. Thanks so much for your kind words and for supporting this blog. 🙂

  3. Amy
    April 12, 2022 / 8:55 am

    So much to love…low contrast of white exterior to shutter color is so calming. Glass front cabinets so beautiful… verses a wall of cabinet doors. Beautiful /useful things on open shelving so handy…I achieved similar effect…a chippy green cupboard with doors left open instead of built-ins. White kitchens with wood contrast (even bronze) is cozier to me than black & white. Entryways without cabinets and cubbies are charming…hats, baskets, purses, etc can be housed on wall hooks and shoes/ boots under the long simple bench. A laundry that is roomier & close to kitchen could double as a scullery…next best thing to a real one! Ha! Adding nice touches to the laundry helps to give it a more scullery feel. Thanks for continually finding great inspiration for us!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 12, 2022 / 3:12 pm

      You summarized these savvy details beautifully, Amy. I am soaking up all the inspiration I can as I make our house feel like us. Great points about thinking the laundry room through when it is close to kitchen. I still feel like I’m camping out! While I am a little surprised that I don’t miss the old house more than I do (i.e. it doesn’t feel like ‘when are we going home, honey?’) with all the chaos here, it is strange doing all this work and not knowing if it’s where we’ll stay! Thankfully, my husband and I both love learning and the challenge of improving things.

  4. Amy
    April 12, 2022 / 8:57 am

    *versus🙄

  5. Elizabeth R Green
    June 17, 2022 / 3:56 pm

    What is the beautiful shutter color?

    • Michele
      Author
      June 17, 2022 / 7:20 pm

      My best guess is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – it’s a gorgeous color that works in any number of lighting situations.

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
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
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
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
Tray Side 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