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What is French Farmhouse Style?

What is French Farmhouse Style?

Entryway and staircase with white decor and hardwood floors in french farmhouse style
Written by Rabekah Henderson

French farmhouse style is inspired by the rustic yet elegant villas of the French countryside and the clean and down-to-earth feel of American farmhouse style. Truly the best of both worlds, French farmhouse style beautifully melds elegance with practicality.

This style often features soft and muted colors, natural materials like raw wood and stone, plaster walls, wooden beams and floral and botanical motifs. A French farmhouse plays upon the contrast of dramatic details like carefully crafted dining room tables or exquisite chandeliers against a rustic farmhouse setting.

When you walk into a home with French farmhouse style, you’re transported to the fragrant lavender fields of Provence, and you’re invited into an understated old-world paradise. Let’s take a look at what French farmhouse style is like in each room.

Room by Room

Fresh flowers can really brighten up a traditional kitchen! Photo courtesy of Romantic Homes.

Kitchen

French farmhouse kitchens use natural materials and open spaces to create a welcoming gathering place. Open shelving and farmhouse sinks give it the classic farmhouse style, while vases full of fresh flowers and distressed wood give it a French twist. Additionally, French farmhouse kitchens have windows to bring in natural light.

Candles, candles, candles! Tapered candles bring warmth and elegance to this dining room. Photo from Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, via Hello Lovely Studios.

Dining Room

Large rustic farmhouse tables are staples in French farmhouse dining rooms. Attention to detail is especially important in dining rooms too—using dramatic chandeliers or beautiful bouquets can bring in some French glamour. And don’t forget the walls! Gilded frames, oversized art and plastered walls can make your space shine.

The canopy bed and gilded sofa make this bedroom a five star affair. Photo courtesy of Cottages and Bungalows.

Bedroom

French farmhouse style bedrooms are both chic and cozy. This is done by using white bed linens with delicate details, period statement chairs and unique light fixtures like candles or chandeliers. These bedrooms often feature farmhouse structural details like shiplap or exposed beams. They make sure the room still retains its homey feel.

The contrast of the exposed beams against the ornate floor rug make this living room the perfect example of French farmhouse style. Photo courtesy of Haverty’s.

Living Room

French farmhouse living rooms take classic farmhouse elements like fireplaces and exposed wood and take them to the next level by adding details like fresh white paint, candelabras and greenery. These living rooms also feature multiple sources of light—whether it be from a window, bulb or candle. Finally, ornate details in the woodworking of coffee tables or side tables give the room the perfect amount of French country style.

Who else wants a long, luxurious soak in that giant clawfoot tub? Photo courtesy of Hello Lovely Studio.

Bathroom

Rustic tile floors, freestanding tubs and elegant fixtures can give a bathroom a French farmhouse feel. Flowers make a bathroom feel fresh and inviting, and open shelving in the bathroom works just as well as in the kitchen. Finally, don’t forget the details! Chandeliers or framed art can also belong in the bathroom, and they do a great job of giving the room an extra ‘oomph.’

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Built-in cabinets filled with decor

The simple elegance of this home makes it stand out among the rest. Photo courtesy of One Kind Design.

Exterior

French farmhouses often feature the large windows and the simple shape of an American farmhouse. This style is combined with architectural details like sconces, painted brick, dormer windows and elegant landscaping to give it that French feel. The exterior of these homes are often covered in stone with muted colors like blue or gray. Expansive gardens in the backyard make these homes feel lush and inviting.

Get The Look

Ready to give your own home a French farmhouse twist? Here’s a few of our favorite products that will do the trick.

Here at American Farmhouse Style, we absolutely love to share our finds from around the web with you! That being said, you may notice that some of the links in this article are affiliate links. This means that if you click through and make a purchase, AFS receives a small commission at no extra cost to you! Truly a win-win! 

MyGift French Country Pitcher and Bouquet Holder.This pitcher can do double duty as a beverage holder or as a vase for a beautiful bouquet!
set of wicker baskets
VonHaus Wicker Baskets. These baskets bring farmhouse charm and they’re great for organization!
2 gold candle holders
Sfeexun Candle Holder. These candle holders provide a little of bit of that French glamour.
Rustic Farmhouse Table. Handmade in the USA, this table will be the statement piece of your dining room.
white four poster bed in french farmhouse style
Dogwood Cobblestone Poster Bed. This jaw-dropping bed frame will make your French farmhouse bedroom stand out!
blue and cream turkish rug
Prevost Ornate Turkish Rug. This will look great against a rustic hardwood floor.

Ready for a French farmhouse makeover yet? We’ve also got some great tips on how to get the perfect farmhouse kitchen. And of course, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest to get your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration!

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