The embodiment of the romantic spirit of France in the interior was the rustic style of Provence, which reflected the folk traditions and culture of the country.
The picturesque area of Provence, everywhere famous for its magnificent colorful landscapes, wonderful cuisine, warm sea and the hot sun, is in the south of France. In her honor, and received the name of the design direction of the premises, which since the XIX century to the present day is very popular in Europe. In fact, this is a country style with the subtle charm of French grace. It draws attention to itself with its charming simplicity, a sophisticated combination of romance with elegance and the spirit of antiquity soaring everywhere.
These are cozy country houses filled with sunlight, warmth, delicious home-baked smells, energy and flavors of the surrounding nature. Here everything disposes to a measured leisurely way of life, rest, serenity. Since the rooms in them are quite small, and the windows are small, there is a need for a visual increase in the room space - that is why the decoration and decoration of the rooms is done in bright colors.
More than one generation grows in Provencal houses. All family members with love care about their ancestry and memorable antiques, inherited.
The seeming simplicity of this style is deceptive. Its implementation will require impeccable taste and careful study of even the smallest details of the interior, since it is important to subtly convey the atmosphere of an old, cozy and tidy house.
In order to properly perform the stylization of the situation, it is necessary to understand the philosophy of rural life in France, to familiarize yourself with its characteristic features, the main of which is the use of natural materials:
Pastel colors in the interiors
Choosing a color gamma for the design of country interior, preference should be given to pastel, slightly muted shades: beige, sand, milk, cream, green, gray, olive, blue, lavender. And as saturated color accents, colors well suit: green, blue, brown, ocher.
Provence style does not tolerate excessive brightness and contrast, because it is an interior that creates a feeling of calm and harmony. It is characterized by a combination of delicate shades of blue and yellow, as symbols of flowering meadows (yellow alfalfa and blue lavender).
Provence style has become attractive due to the presence in the interior of antique furniture. Wooden furniture is made of walnut, oak or chestnut (preference is given to simple geometric shapes and light colors), but forged furniture is also welcome.
The main thing is that the furniture should have an aged look, that is, it should be chipped, scuffed, “worn out” or traces of the presence of bark beetles.
Antique or artificially aged, inlaid with floral patterns, sideboards, sideboards, bookcases and low chest of drawers create the unique atmosphere of a house with a rich history.
Particular attention should be paid when creating the Provencal style pay detailed elaboration of details. Gorgeous white-washed earthenware and china, ceramics, elegant wrought-iron chandeliers and lamps, painted flower pots, tablecloths and napkins made of natural fabrics, embroidered using richelieu or crocheted - each thing adds its own touch to the surroundings.
Bed linen in this style is always decorated with exquisite sewing, lace, ruffles or embroidery. And on the sofas wonderfully look in a large number of cushions.
Provencal textiles are necessarily bleached linen and cotton (striped or with floral motifs). Literally in every detail should reflect the proximity to all natural.
The abundance of forged objects is characteristic of this interior to the same extent as the use of plant motifs as decorative elements. Floral motifs in the Provencal house are present everywhere: on the walls, curtains, bedspreads, chair covers, canopies, paintings.
Flowers in the interior
One of the key elements of the village Style are flowers. And the bouquets of flowers are present in the house all the time, and not "in honor of the holiday," as is customary in our country. They are placed in all rooms, not excluding the bathroom: on the windowsills, on the tables, dressers, bedside tables, dressing tables. The house itself should certainly be surrounded by a luxurious flower garden.Flowers are planted here on the porch, on the terrace, along the paths, in the garden. Favorite flower - lavender.
The fascination of flower arrangements is the use of any old stuff as a flower pot, well-crafted ceramic pots, old dishes, painted zinc bucket, and even an old shoe or boot are great for this purpose. In appearance, these flower arrangements are unpretentious, but they look unusual, colorful and spectacular.
Lovers of all French are fully able to create a paradise at home by decorating it in this favorite style.
More details of the Provencal style are presented in the following video:
And here, using the example of a real apartment, shows the peculiarities of the Provencal style and design errors:
Modern interior in Provence
Provincial French Style
Strip in the interiors
Delicate French style
Kitchen in Provence ohm style
Forged decorative elements
Living room in Provence style