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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

How Do You Add French Country Style?

Saturday, November 16, 2019

How do you add French Country style to a room? Two pieces of furniture that add immediate French Country style to a room are a toile chair and a Provence style wood chest. Cover the chair in a blue and white toile print and paint the cabinet in navy to use a classic French color combination. 


Add French Country style to a room with a blue and white toile print chair and a cabinet painted navy
Yes, even a laundry room becomes French Country style with those two pieces of furniture. 




H O W   D O   Y O U   A D D  

F R E N C H   C O U N T R Y   S T Y L E ?




An existing chair had some French Country style, but looked more English garden than French Country
To give my laundry room a French Country look, I upholstered an existing chair.  The original floral fabric had seen better days and was more English country garden than French. 




Add French Country style to a room by reupholstering a chair in blue and white toile
New blue and white toile fabric added just the right colors and pattern design to complement the chair's French style legs.  




Add French Country style to a room by reupholstering a chair in a toile with multiple shades of blue
Toile scenes in multiple shades of blue and white go well with white tongue and groove walls and several shades of blue. 




Add French Country style to a room by reupholstering a chair in blue and white toile
Distressed white painted chair legs and white-washed tongue and groove ceiling add French farmhouse style. 




Add French Country style to a room with a small Provence style cabinet in wood tones
This small 18" wide floor cabinet is classic Provence style with its curved legs, recessed panel door, curved top and bottom, elaborate hardware, and wood tones. The cabinet needed no changes to look French Country.  

While searching for an affordable small cabinet to store cat food and supplies in the laundry room, I found this cabinet on the Home Depot internet site last year. Who would have known Home Depot carried reproduction French style cabinets? Unfortunately, the cabinet is no longer available. 




Add French Country style to a room with a small Provence style cabinet painted navy to go with wall cabinets
I liked the wood tones, but did not think the wood tones blended with the white-washed wall and ceiling woods and the new navy wall cabinets. 




Add French Country style to a room with a small Provence style cabinet painted navy to go with the blue toile chair
By painting the floor cabinet in navy paint, the cabinet's color now coordinates with the wall cabinets and with the blue toile chair. 




Add French Country style to a room with a small Provence style cabinet with a curved edge top
A view from the side shows off the curved French edge of the cabinet's top.  





Add French Country style to a room with a blue toile chair and a navy painted Provence style floor cabinet
French Country style...   


a chair in blue and white toile upholstery and 

a small Provence floor cabinet in coordinating navy  


Read more about how I updated my laundry room as part of the One Room Challenge™ over six weeks. A complete source list of materials and products includes links for materials available this Fall. 



4 comments:

  1. Love the blue. I do need to add a french look in our home. I am slowly changing out things out.

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  2. Gorgeous! I love the blue you are using.

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  3. I love French country style, and I love blue, so I really enjoyed this post, Judith! What a lovely result you had recovering the chair! Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  4. I always enjoy seeing your French country blue touches Judith! The chair is just beautiful!

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