The ethos of French country style is not too dissimilar from its English counterpart. Channeling soft styling and practical elements mixed with organic materials like wood and silk, the French-inspired home is a space designed for you to spend time with your family, enjoying the comforts and elegance of this style.
The French flair is seen in a more muted palette with a rustic edge, accentuated by brocante vintage finds and antique-style pieces. It’s an easy look to recreate as it doesn’t rely on closely coordinated accessories, matching suites of furniture, or lots of designer pieces. Instead, its eclectic, mismatched style is all part of the charm.
It is this ever-popular style that Crown French Furniture has perfected. Here you can choose from various styles – including French reproduction, shabby chic, and contemporary glamour – all lovingly created by master craftsmen using solid hardwearing materials, and all exquisitely finished.
1. Choose a bed fit for royalty
When decorating in a French style, the acquisition of a good bed or bedstead should be central to your decorating scheme. It may seem cliche, but the shabby chic look of ornate French beds can be one of their most alluring features.
French-inspired beds are still going strong due to their timeless appeal and ability to create a lovely boutique-hotel feel. A new French-style bed has all of the chic and none of the squeak of an original antique version - plus, it is often more generous in size and costs a fraction of the price. When you choose the right bed, such as the Sophia Button Upholstered French Bed, everything else in the room simply falls into place.
2. Invest in a stylish place to perch
Seating in the living room – the space where we entertain and relax – should always deliver both form and function. The Gilt Antique Gold Leaf French 2 Seat Sofa does just that, offering the perfect balance of style and comfort. Taking inspiration from 18th-century palatial designs, each sofa is the epitome of elegance, having sleek shapes and no bulky outlines that will disrupt the flow of your layout. Finished with hand-applied gold leaf (not painted) for a truly luxurious finish, this piece is then exquisitely distressed to give it a wonderful shabby chic appeal.
3. Take in the craftsmanship of a sleigh bed
When it comes to choosing the best bed frame for you, there is a lot to consider; comfort is key, but style is just as important. If you're looking to refresh your bedroom, a new bed is the fastest and easiest way to do so.
Whether you want to complete a restful French country sanctuary or to make a statement in a traditional room scheme, then the wooden Antoinette Classic French Style Sleigh Bed is the perfect fit. Hardwearing and elegant, the Antoinette has been crafted in the finest solid mahogany. With a high headboard and footboard, sleigh beds create an instant statement.
If you are just starting out on curating your dream space, the dedicated team at Crown French Furniture will help you find the perfect fit for your home. Whether you choose to furnish an entire room or you select just one or two statement pieces, completing the overall look of your interior with carefully chosen pieces can make all the difference. From antique gold finishes to lavish Rococo-style hand carvings, to magnificent mahogany pieces, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Visit Crown French Furniture to see the entire collection of beautiful French-inspired furniture and accessories on offer.
Sign up to the Homes & Gardens newsletter
Decor Ideas. Project Inspiration. Expert Advice. Delivered to your inbox.
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
Freddie Mercury's home exhibits bright, mood-boosting colors and baroque details – listed for $38 million
The rock legend's London home championed 'dopamine decor' long before it was a trend
By Sophie Edwards Published
6 ways to reduce visual clutter in your kitchen, according to the experts
The storage solutions, decluttering, and organization techniques to eliminate visual clutter, and enhance both the aesthetics and functionality of your kitchen
By Lola Houlton Published