As far as home decor goes, the French have really got it sussed, don’t you think? Their effortless sophistication and style is something a lot of homeowners crave in their own spaces – especially when it comes to their dining room. If you want to get that ‘oh, so chic’ look and want to know how to create a French inspired dining area in three easy steps, you’re in the right place.
Choose Intricately Detailed, French Inspired Furnishings
There’s no denying that the people of France are all about the finer things in life. From the food they eat, to the clothes they wear, they are world renowned for having a penchant for detail. This is something you should definitely keep in mind when picking out the furniture for your dining room.
The biggest, and most important, piece will be a dining table and chair set to suit your needs – it’s always handy to have a couple of extra chairs in case you’re one for entertaining! When you’re looking for these I’d say that keeping an eye out for designs with gorgeous, intricate detailing. For example, the ‘Sophia Classic’ French style dining table from Crown French Furniture is the perfect example.
This piece features beautifully carved panelling with an antique white finish which makes it the ideal choice if you want to give your dining space a little ‘ooh la la’.
Aside from the dining table and chairs, you might want to include some additional pieces of furniture if you’ve got the space. It’s worth looking for a nice French-inspired sideboard or dresser to display some crockery or ornaments.
Choose A Neutral Colour Palette
When it comes to the walls and ceilings a neutral colour palette comes highly recommended. The French are well know for their sophisticated and minimal approach to home decor. If you’re looking to perfect the look for yourself, it’s important to stick to pale, light colours and tones. Why not give your walls a lick of paint in creamy vanilla, cool ivory or, if you’re feeling brave, pure white!
If neutrals aren’t totally your thing and you want to inject some colour, throw some understated hues into the mix. You might find that tones such as a soothing grey, a pastel blue or warm beige work well but still have that French feel you want. The way you choose to bring these into your dining room are totally up to you. For instance, you could choose to paint a feature wall, add some artwork or even put in some soft furnishings like seat cushions or table decoration.
Lighting Is Key
Whether you’ll be sitting down to eat with your family or you’ll be entertaining guests in here, it’s important to have a room that’s well lit. The good news is that there are a whole host of French-inspired illuminations to choose from. Installing a low hanging, pendant lamp shade above your dining table or perhaps a stunning chandelier – it can really change a room.
Side and table lamps probably won’t work as well as the light will be slightly muted and restricted. These are probably best left for the sitting room. However, candles on the table always add a little ‘something’.
If you’re keen to give your dining room a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ why not follow these three steps and put them into practise? I’d love to see your transformations!
We’re hoping to get our extension under way this year and I can’t wait to get started on the inside. I can only begin to imagine what our dining area could look like next year!
*This is a collaborative post.