French Country decor may sound complex, but it’s actually one of the easiest ways to design a child’s room. It’s also one of the most popular styles because it’s casual, comfortable, and fashionable. It allows for much variation and encourages mixing and matching. Elements of French Country include vintage detailing, distressed finishes, and rustic designs. A few imperfections add to the charm.
The room should be warm and welcoming. Barn boards, antiques, and wrought iron are perfect. A color palette of bright yellows and golds, grass greens, soft lavenders, pastel pinks and blues, cobalt, red, and rust offer much to work with. Patterns, prints, colors, and textures are combined for a look that can be elegant or laid back.
Look for dark woods and woods that have been stripped and painted off-white or soft green. Low gloss finishes, carved details, and a few curvy lines are also key. Here are a few examples from Rosenberry Rooms of the many ways you can interpret this timeless design.
The Isabella Cameo Low Post Wood Panel Bed is the star in this example of a French Country room. The exposed wood floor, textured rug, mossy greens, lavender walls, and white furniture all exemplify the elegant side of French County. For boys’ rooms, a more casual expression might include the New Farm Bed in any number of painted or distressed finishes. The myHaven Low Post Bed works for girls or boys depending on the finish you select.
Toile is an important part of French Country design. Featuring an outdoor scene on a white background, toile captures the provincial spirit as nothing else can. The Toile Boy Gone Fishing Canvas or Red Toile Teapot Lamp are both decor pieces that can bring the French countryside to life in a child’s room. Wrought iron is often used to create a French Country atmosphere. The Family Crest Iron Bed captures the look, as does the Cheval Iron Standing Mirror.
No French Country bedroom is complete without an armoire. The Farmhouse Armoire comes in many distressed finishes and is a piece that will work equally well for girls and boys. The Chelsea Armoire in low gloss Espresso features carved wood detailing, eye-pleasing curves, and a touch of luxury. A Rosemary Table is a vintage alternative to the classic nightstand or side table.
Window seats are French favorites and girls love them. Pieces like the French Toy Chest can be placed directly beneath a sunny window. A rustic Beadboard Open Toy Chest provides “toss-it-in-there” storage for boys and can be combined with a few Column Cubbies to add handy nooks and crannies. The Window Shutter Set comes in numerous distressed finishes if you want a country cottage look.
The great thing about French Country is that you can take it in so many different directions. Dress it up or play it down. Create a rustic, unfinished farmhouse room, go with an eclectic vintage mix, or make your own designer statement. At Rosenberry Rooms you’ll find everything you need to make your inspiration a reality.