Don’t Let the Patterns Overwhelm
It’s all too easy to get carried away with the diverse and multi-colored fabric patterns that the French Country dining room furniture style typically has to offer. And while almost any choice of fabric pattern will help to improve the look of your dining room, it’s important not to use it too much. Adding just a little bit of something fancy and colorful – like toile fabric upholstered on the chairs, for example – can really go a long way. It shouldn’t be so much that it becomes the entire focal point of the room. Leave that to your excellent dining set, or your natural exposed beams!
Add Lots of Artwork
If it’s one thing the French Country style loves to do, it’s decorate the walls. Harkening back to the times of Louis XIV and the Palace of Versailles, one way to express the status of wealth was by hanging plenty of artwork on the walls. You can even imitate the style of the olden days by framing your portraits and paintings in the large, gold-gilded wooden frames. Not only does it enrich the room, but it also gives it dimension.
Don’t Forget the Little Details
You can make something fancy out of even the most ordinary things. Adding those little details to the room can really bring it to life, giving it a warm and familial characteristic. Rustic decor pieces like an old wine rack are both a unique focal point and a convenient storage space for your everyday items. Keep the furniture vintage, but you can marry rusticism with modernity with a colorful seat upholstery. Think about what kind of light you want hanging above the table, or what your centerpiece is going to look like. Use these little things as opportunities to add the vintage and rustic touches without making the room lose its poise.
Dark and Light
Bright colors in small rooms and dark colors in big rooms go a long way. But no matter what size your dining room is, you can add something both bright and deeply rich. Dark-colored flooring goes great with white walls, white ceiling lights, and white French Country dining room sets. And vice versa; dark chandeliers, rich wood-colored furniture, and light floors with light-colored beams atop can really make the room stand out.
Keep Things Symmetrical
It’s okay for the French Country look to be a little asymmetrical at times, as this is part of its charm. But in some cases, and especially for large dining rooms, it might be wise to be symmetrical. The best way to keep the room in balance is to keep some of the focal points lined up. This can mean lining up your lanterns directly over the table, securing your rug in the middle of the room, or ensuring that there are an equal amount of decorations on each side of the room. While it doesn’t need to look so straight to the point of being static (you still want the room to look lived-in!), it can keep the eyes from getting too overwhelmed when entering such a bright and dynamic room.
Consider French Country in Your Kitchen!
French Country is a timeless style that will never steer you wrong. If you are considering remodeling your dining room, you can learn more about how the French Country style can work with you. If you have a taste for the eclectic, and you want to invite some warmth and comfort to your home, this may be a good style to consider.
The dining room is a big part of the home remodeling process. If you are a homeowner who’s planning on a renovation project, make sure are prepared before starting the next big task. You can design, build, and remodel your home in a design that will both compliment your personal tastes and add overall value to your home. To learn more, you can check out Sebring Design Build’s free eBook, Remodeling 101: A Free Homeowner’s Guide. Get free tips and learn what to plan for to reach your goal of having the ultimate French Country dining room!
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