French Country Architecture

 Chateau de Gilly, Gilly-les-Citeaux, France Photo by Matt Lamers on Unsplash

Chateau de Gilly, Gilly-les-Citeaux, France Photo by Matt Lamers on Unsplash

French Country homes blend elegance and grace with rustic warmth and comfort. This architectural style comes from the rural, rolling hills of the French countryside, and effortlessly blends the Old World grandeur of a château with the modesty and ease of a farmhouse. French Country homes often include soft lines, curved arches, and hearty stonework, both inside and out. True provincial estates often developed over time, with additions and expansions constructed as necessary, leading to an asymmetrical shape and an eclectic yet elegant approach to decor that feels comfortable and sincere.

A focus on a gourmet kitchen and an ambling lavender or herb garden is more than appropriate here, as this style of home invites you to slow down and savor. Smooth plaster walls, exposed rafters and wood beams, and tall arched windows with shutters are common in French Country homes, along with cream painted distressed furniture and wall treatments, as this style is all about feeling perfectly worn in. Floors can be patterned terra-cotta tiles or signature wood parquet or chevron, and deep-set fireplaces with limestone mantels anchor living spaces. Lighter colored stone or stucco is traditional for the exterior, with tile roofs and palettes drawn from nature. This style of home exudes effortless warmth for generations to come, with a feel that is both refined and rustic.

 French Country style features:   - Prominent, sloping, barrel-tile roofs    - Interior rooms feature high ceilings and symmetrical design    - Muted color palettes drawn from nature    - Stone or wood floors and deep fireplaces with oversized limestone mantels    - Asymmetrical shape and horizontal emphasis, well-suited to a larger acreage    - Crushed limestone paths or driveways and exterior fountains    - Shabby chic interiors and a sense of time-worn warmth

French Country style features:

- Prominent, sloping, barrel-tile roofs

- Interior rooms feature high ceilings and symmetrical design

- Muted color palettes drawn from nature

- Stone or wood floors and deep fireplaces with oversized limestone mantels

- Asymmetrical shape and horizontal emphasis, well-suited to a larger acreage

- Crushed limestone paths or driveways and exterior fountains

- Shabby chic interiors and a sense of time-worn warmth