European Country Style Dining Inspiration

European Country Style Dining Inspiration inspires with photos of charming and casual Country French, Tuscan, and Scandi dining areas, both outdoors and indoors. You’ll also find European country inspired decorating ideas as well as resources to get the look.

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Rustic Elegant European Country Style Dining Ideas

Romantic Outdoor Dining Spaces

Perhaps the easiest way to capture a little of that South of France or European country dining flavor is with rustic pieces outdoors.

Even the simplest of weathered wood tables can be charming with vintage chairs, white cloth napkins, crystal goblets, and china.

Humble country chairs at distressed French farmhouse table. #frenchfarmhouse #dining #outdoordining
Photo: Michele Beckwith

Even without a chateau as a backdrop, a wrought iron table covered with a cloth and surrounded by natural woven chairs is suggestive of effortless, unfussy, European country style.

I thought this low table (below) was a great reminder that casual entertaining outdoors need involve a huge dining table.

Rustic elegance and French farmhouse style entertaining at Sunstone Winery - photo by Belinda Jean Photography via Wedding Sparrow. #frenchfarmhouse #rusticelegance
Photo: Belinda Jean Photography via Wedding Sparrow

Bistro sets are also a great idea for a small space when you love that French country or Parisian cafe feel.

French Country Checkered Linens

Vivi et Margot owner Charlotte uses these sweet checked table linens at her farmhouse in Western France, and they will never go out of style.

Country Dining Room Inspiration With European Flavor

What makes a dining room feel more European country inspired than American country?

The color story is often muted, pale, and white.

Modern French dining room with antique farm table, Swedish apothecary chest, and crystal chandelier by Ochre. #modernfrench #diningrooms
See THIS for more of this home – Interior Design: Jill Egan, Architecture: Kirby Mears, Photography: Kerry Kirk

Of course the food can provide plenty of bold color:

When the palette is neutral, there’s less fuss with decorating through the seasons.

Fanciful dried floral chandelier above long oval dining table at Heckfield Place in Hampshire England. #hotels #heckfieldplace
Heckfield Place – see THIS for more of this luxurious country getaway

You can easily imagine how this French-flavored dining space on a porch could transform in a festive way for the holidays:

French country decorated sun room in The Club House - HGTV Fixer Upper episode. #fixerupper #theclubhouse #frenchcountrydecor
HGTV Fixer Upper “The Club House” – see more of this space HERE

Fresh offerings from the garden feel right at home in a European country style dining space, and no need to spend hours arranging flowers.

Country French table with set for breakfast at Sunstone. #frenchcountry #tablescape
Michele Beckwith…hello yum indeed.

European earthenware, vintage urns, rustic stoneware, and simple crocks are right at home on the table.

French country dining room with rustic farm table, wicker chairs, and vintage lantern - Decor de Provence.
Decor de Provence – see more of this Utah home HERE

Fresh blooms are always a good idea too!

Pink garden roses in crystal vase. #frenchcountry #roses #floralarrangement #romanticdecor
Michele Beckwith

European Country Style Dining Table Ideas

With so many options in every price range now and accessibility to fine makers who build them with reclaimed wood, a rustic country table is within reach. (You’ll discover suggestions further down in this post.)

Something special happens when elegant chairs join a dining table with simple lines.

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.

You’ll find a wealth of Euro-country melded with California casual organic flavor here:

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.

Decorating With White

The white and neutral color story of French country, French farmhouse, and Scandinavian dining spaces is easy to love because food looks great with white.

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

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

My own preference for European inspired dining spaces is dictated by a deep desire for unfussy, uncluttered, and serenity-infused spaces that feel airy.

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 the breakfast dining area of one of our prior homes (above), the beautiful forest outside the windows was impossible to miss and wonderful to enjoy. In our next breakfast nook (below), the mood was also unfussy, and I often displayed simple branches from the yard in clear glass containers.

Belgian linen slope arm dining chairs and small round breakfast table in serene kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcountry #nordicfrench #belgianlinen #breakfastnook #slopearmchairs #serenedecor
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My best entertaining tip for dining rooms is to cover surfaces with little votive candles in clear jars, tumblers, or holders.

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 and an old galvanized bucket of dried hydrangea from the yard. This was my French country dining room when I started this blog.

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 our spare European country inspired dining room in Arizona, I kept things simple and unfortunately never found the right rug before we sold the place! A rug would have softened the look and defined the area.

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 my fussy vintage 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 – wall paint color: VALSPAR Salute.
Beautiful serene shabby chic dining room with cane back chairs by Hello Lovely Studio. #diningroom #hellolovelystudio #shabbychic #frenchcountry
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White roses are always a good idea.

Rustic French country cafe dining in the garden with white roses on the table - Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcafe #frenchcountry #bistroset #cafeset
Hello Lovely Studio

Mixing Patterns & Fabrics for an Unfussy Dining Room

To keep things from feeling too precious or formal, I recovered my sweet dining chairs in beautiful high end linen fabrics in varying patterns.

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.

Such a great way to enjoy a number of pretty patterns.

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.

That Arizona property was a great reminder that we need not to have a farmhouse, European architecture or be located in the country to enjoy this design style. By adopting a more European country relaxed attitude, we can be guided to choose furniture, decor, and art consistent with the look.

I’m especially mindful of this fact right now since our current Georgian style red brick home is nothing like what I would consider my French inspired dream home:

Yet I can still live with the collections and objects I love without them feeling out of place. The key is the thoughtfulness and knowing how to play with the mix.

Inexpensive Farmhouse Dining Room Accents

Not sure about how the rustic elegant French farmhouse look will work in your own home? You can always begin with pieces that won’t break the bank.

I use these industrial style chairs for extra seating, and since they stack, they are easy to store.

Water Pitcher Stoneware Black / White - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia
Water Pitcher…hello lovely indeed.

Rustic pitchers are often present in a country French or European dining room, and keep in mind they can be pulled into service in a multitude of ways.

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.

So many American country decorating schemes involve pitchers as shelf fillers only.

Stoneware Salt Cellar Cream - Hearth & Hand.
Stoneware Salt Cellar, Target…certainly lovely.

Only buy what you love and then use those things!

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.

I have heard lots of rumblings about how objects with words are out of style, and it’s a simple fix if you agree: turn it around so the plain side is in front.

Embroidered Stripe Table Runner - Golden Yellow - Hearth & Hand.
Dining Room Collection – Hearth and Hand with Magnolia…certainly lovely.

Target is a great resource for low-cost options to experiment with rustic style.

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.
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.

Investment Quality Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room Accents

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 Table 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.
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.

Dining Tables to Set the Tone

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.
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.

Inspiration from Provence

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
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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
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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
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Sweater Weave Basket
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Gustavian Cabinet
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Bar Stool
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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
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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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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