Thanks to its elegant vibe, French Provincial house is still a widely beloved home design genres in the modern era. It has some characteristics that make the house unique in both exterior and interior aspects. A home with this design is easily different from any other houses. The home design and the furnishings were inspired from the architectural design which was popular during the reign of King Louis XIV.
The home design came to America for the first time after World War I. As the soldiers returned homed and built their living space using the similar concept. Despite less popularity compared to British-influenced style. The French Provincial style homes are pretty common in the United States. In either the original style of manor houses in the rural area of France or the revival version in the United States.
Characteristics of French Provincial House Exterior
French Provincial home inspired houses are mostly found in county area and most of them have two stories. The houses in this style have a number of characteristics in common:
Brick or Stone Exterior French Provincial house
The buildings in French Provincial house style tend to be built of natural materials particularly stone and brick. Nonetheless, some homeowners choose to combine them with hard timber materials. Look at the sample picture below. The house comes in European manor style. Dominated by stone material throughout the facade. The two-story house looks elegant in the countryside setting.
French people welcome guests very much. This is evident from how they used double doors and decorate the entrance in an exclusive way. Limestone decors are commonly found at the entrance of French rustic style homes.
Balanced proportion is another characteristic of French Provincial exterior design. The balance is evident in both vertical and horizontal aspects. In the following example, the two-story house features six windows well positioned at the center. Likewise, the front door is situated exactly at the center bottom. Well-proportioned style is a feature of French Provincial doors.
Homes in this style tend to look taller. Thanks to the vertical-style windows in each side of the front wall. As the design is sleek and symmetrical, the house looks even taller. In addition, they are characterized with porches outside the windows on the second story. Painted wood is typically used for the shutters. Wood material makes the overall style of the exterior blend perfectly with the nature. Thus providing eye-soothing vibes.
The French manor architectural design is featured with the used of steep hipped roof. As seen in the picture below, the roof typically has for sides. All of which slope down toward the ground. Sometimes, one part of the roof may resemble a dovecote tower and another part features French country dormers. As seen in the picture below.
Dormers, namely vertical multi-paned windows that project from the sloping roof, are typical in French Provincial house. As the sloping roof actually arches the second story. Other characteristics of the French country house is a tower. It usually has a round shape. Which is aimed to break the rectangular shape that dominates the architectural design. However, as seen in the picture above, the tower may be designed differently. Depending upon personal styles of the homeowner.
French Provincial House Interior
In the past, homes in French Provincial architectural design were mostly found in ranch houses at the countryside areas. They highlighted a country elegance of the French aristocratic families. This design does not feature city-slick hauteur. Therefore, you will typically find elegance in the whole interior design. From the choice of French provincial furniture to the toile fabrics.
The following are some key elements to embrace in the interior design of a French Provincial house:
French people love furniture items made of rustic wood. Wood might not dominate the whole design. But it is used in the areas. Where the homeowners spend exciting time of a day. Therefore, you can place a set of simple dining table and chairs made of rustic wood. Which goes well with natural stone flooring.
Soft color palette
Elegance evidently projects from the use of soft color palette like grey, cream, soft brown, light blues, and blushes. These color palettes dominates the interior style of French Provincial house. Thanks to the fact that French people love drawing inspiration from nature.
As seen in the picture above. Elegance is evident from the spacious kitchen interior. Which is characterized by a kitchen island. Using of natural stone and parquetry for the flooring. The marble-top island becomes the heart of the French-style kitchen.
Natural-inspired materials like wood, marbles, and limestone are also seen in the French Provincial bathroom design. Look at the picture of a French-style master bathroom below. All elements in the bathroom seem to combine perfectly. Mable-top cabinetry, flooring options, stone elements. And the color palette all combine to create elegant look and airy atmosphere inside the bathroom.
French aristocratic family loved collecting antique stuff in the house. They may antique dining set, coffee table, mirror, and home decors. These antique objects add to the style in the interior design. The 1960s French Provincial furniture accentuates elegance and antique vibe. Which also come from the use of exclusive materials like limestone and reclaimed wood.
If you want to embrace the French country style in your home design. Then stay away from the sleek minimalist furnishings, as they do not go in hand with the French country design. French Provincial house design features warmth of natural materials like stone and wood. These materials applies in both exterior and interior design. Then, make sure to choose soft color palette to accentuate the natural warmth.
Finish the touch by applying some personal touches in certain areas, as you desire it. Examples include the choice of antique furniture made of reclaimed wood. It is okay to apply some golden touches in the furniture option. But make sure to choose them moderately. French Provincial house is still popular today. Some homeowners choose to apply it as the original French manor. But others love applying some modern flair.