A French Country Wedding

Cozy and relaxed yet elegant and clean, French Country not only is a popular choice for home decor but also has increasingly become a favoured style choice for wedding design. But how exactly does one identify French Country decor? House and Home defines it picturesquely: “With roots in the rolling hillsides of France, the style pairs the comfort and warmth of country living with the elegance of Parisian design and craftsmanship.” As a wedding stylist, I have been strongly influenced by the charm of French Country decor. I am personally drawn to many keys elements of this style: the unexpected mix of furniture and re-purposed items; the inclusion of natural elements such as wood, stone, iron, and clay; bringing the outside in; the incorporation of diverse colour palettes; and a clean yet rustic look.

If you love the idea of a French Country wedding vision, here are some design elements to focus on to curate an authentic look.

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Furniture

Incorporating key pieces of furniture into your wedding design is a wonderful way to style your French Country wedding. Select simple pieces with clean lines that have a gently worn or distressed look. Mix and match material and colour that, when combined, create a relaxed and harmonized aesthetic. Including re-purposed items – for example, a shutter as a seating chart, a window panel as signage, or a trunk as a coffee table – reflects that certain je ne sais quoi for which French Country is known.

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Accessories

French Country decor celebrates craftsmanship and the use of natural elements from the countryside. Pretty pottery, books, candles, and interesting objects made from natural materials are ideal additions for a French Country inspired wedding.

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from left to right: image via Ethereal Plus What I Love, image via French Country Cottage

 

Outside-In

Since the French love to bring the outside in, curating a garden-like feel indoors is reflective of French Country living. Flowers casually arranged in vases and jugs filled wildflowers work beautifully on guest tables as centrepieces or as arrangements set throughout the venue. Incorporate foliage found in the rolling hills of the French countryside such as wheat, lavender, and sunflowers.

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from left to right: image via A lovely Life, image via Flickr, image via Fine Art America

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Colours

French Country decor can incorporate all colours including softer and milky tones or vibrant and bold hues. If you gravitate to a paler, cooler palette, select colours such as soft blue, sage green, and misty grey. If you prefer a warmer and brighter palette, consider a lavender purple, terracotta red, saffron yellow, or cobalt blue. Antique and creamy whites with depth are often seen in French Country decor and can provide subtle touches.

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Fabrics

There are key fabrics that evoke the feel of French Country living. Toile de Jouy, the fabric depicting figures in pastoral scenes, is probably the most recognized pattern associated with French Country. Stripes and florals also reflect French Country decor nicely. Stick to natural materials such as linen and cotton rather than synthetics. Integrating throws, cushions, and linens with these fabrics and patterns will create a warm and welcoming feeling for which French Country is so highly admired.

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from left to right: image via Roses and Lace, image viaRex and Regina, image via Carmen and Ingo

from left to right: image via Roses and Lace, image viaRex and Regina, image via Carmen and Ingo

By Certified Wedding Planner Alexandra McNamara