In this post: I often use the term modern French country decor. I’m not sure it’s a thing, but the evolution of my French country dining room illustrates what it is to me.⇒
I’m almost done!
No, really. Just one more thing, I think.
For those of you following the journey of the transformation of my french country dining room, you’re probably not surprised. At least one of the changes I’m sharing today, you no doubt saw coming. But, perhaps, not the other. Especially given it’s something I just added not that long ago.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let me back up a minute and talk a little bit about my taste and design aesthetic. I’m sure you all know I love french country style. It is, after all, part of my blog’s tag line.
BUT… I qualify it by calling it ‘Modern French Country Decor’.
Honestly, I don’t know if there is such a thing. But in my mind it’s very clearly defined. In fact, if you google ‘French Country decor’ and ‘modern French Country decor’, you’ll see the difference immediately.
This is precisely the refinement I’ve been bringing to my home recently. In many cases the furniture hasn’t changed but the overall look is, I believe, vastly different. Consider the french country dining room the way it looked just 3 years ago, when we moved into this house.
While none of the major furniture pieces have been changed, the room has a completely different attitude. Gone are the mixed patterns, pastel colors and faux florals. In their place I’ve added drape-y linen window treatments and antique accent pieces. It now leans a bit french farmhouse with an elegant rusticity that marries natural materials and neutral colors with french country furniture that wears a fine patina and would be as much at home in Paris as in the french countryside.
You can see the process in these posts:
In the last post I was nearly done. But there were still 3 aspects I wanted to refine further.
Which brings us to our most recent updates.
The first one is the dining room rug. While I loved the rug that I had recently added, it was a bit dark for this oddly lit room and more significantly, it was too small. I like to keep the table open with one extension leaf and the back of the dining chairs weren’t sitting on the rug. An 8 x 10 rug was simply too small.
I might not have done anything about it for quite some time, but when a new sponsor, eSale Rugs, contacted me I jumped at the chance. They provided this gorgeous rug from their Villa Rug Collection that’s perfectly suited for the space. I got the 9 x 12 size and the size and color are a certain improvement.
(Rest assured I kept the other rug and I’m loving it in its new location. Stay tuned for that update!)
The second adjustment is something I’ve been talking about for a while, and this is the one many of you likely guessed at. If you’ve seen my Instagram stories you know I’ve been changing many of the paint colors in the house. The dining room was among the rooms getting a paint upgrade.
I actually almost didn’t paint it because the pale pink was very subtle, but I’m absolutely delighted that I opted to do it. I used Tapestry Beige at 50% strength and this made the room feel almost complete.
I think this french dining room has captured my vision of exactly what modern French Country is. I use plenty of antiques with the charm of patina and neutral washed linens in white and stone. Crystal and gilding both have a place here and the contrast of casual with elegance is the signature facet.
A quintessential example of this can be seen in the table setting, where I’ve mixed silver flatware patterns that I’ve recently acquired. Much like I enjoy mixing vintage china, the intermingling of silver patterns gives personality to my styling.
So what is the one last piece of the puzzle I still want to revamp? I’ll leave that one for another day… 😉
Now, if someone could just tell me the answer to something that’s been driving me crazy, I would be ever-so-grateful. Should the word “country” be capitalized in French Country? Please let me know in the comments below!
French Country Dining Room Source List
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