Bring French Style to Your Home with These 7 Tips

Text by Hannah Jones

Cue the fireworks! The French National Day, more commonly referred to as Bastille Day and thought of as France’s Independence Day, is upon us and giving us all the inspiration to deck our homes in decadent French style. The anniversary of the storming of the Bastille—a major catalyst in the French Revolution—is more than enough reason to get the freshest fleurs and gilded antiques for our cottages. If you want more French style, be sure to pick up our French Home special issue and read below for a few of our favorite ways to bring a slice of France to your home!

1Timeworn Treasures

French-style hutch
Photography by John O’Hagan

A hallmark of French style is the gentle patina of decades-old antiques. History plays a massive role in French style, but even if you don’t have a historic home, antiques and vintage pieces like architectural remnants and gilded fragments are the perfect way to bring character to your cottage, no matter the age.

2French Countryside

French-style living room
Photography by Marcy Black Simpson, styling by Yukie McLean

If rustic finishes and cozy quarters are more your thing, French country style is sure to catch your eye. Usually defined by wood accents and touches of pastel reds and greens, the comfortable design is welcoming and full of charm.

3Rustic and Refined

French-style living room with fireplace
Photography by Wade Blissard

This cottage has a more primitive take on French style, with heavily patinaed pieces, a rough-edged stone fireplace, and lots of natural wood.

4Dreams of Lavender

French-style lavender bedroom
Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele

Toile, lavender, and gingham make for a serene yet eye-catching design in this monochromatic bedroom.

5Fresh Flowers

French-style floral-covered entry way
Photography by John Ellis, Styling by Sunday Hendrickson, Design by Lidy Baars

“I must have flowers, always and always.” Monet said it best! This Frenchman had the right idea when designing his famous garden. Fresh flowers make all the difference in a home, immediately bringing life to a space.

6Dinner Alfresco

dining al fresco
Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele

Dining alfresco is almost a requirement in France. Since most homes lack any sort of air conditioning system, evenings spent outside are often cooler than those indoors. Deck your table with time-honored silver and romantic candlelight for the perfect setting.

7Cooking à la Française

French-style range in black with gold finishes
Photography by Lu Tapp, styling by Sunday Hendrickson

The gold standard of any French-style kitchen is a gorgeous French range. La Cornue and Lacanche ranges both make a bold and beautiful statement in any home.