AFrench country-style living room is ceaselessly appealing—as well as elegant, opulent, and timeless—no matter how many miles away from Burgundy you are. From a Provencal farmhouse to a seaside Brittany cottage to a Normandy country home, there’s inspiration to be pulled from the classic regions with rich history—and an equally as-rich design style.
Utilizing a mix of classic neutrals with pops of pattern, rich hues with natural elements, and time-honored traditions with modern amenities, French-style design has it all. It’s where life meets art meets history, and we are here for it.
Scroll on for 20 ultra-inspiring French country-style living rooms that will have you breaking out Duolingo and researching flights, in addition to a new couch or piece of artwork. Oui, oui!
Keep Neutrals Interesting
Subtle and striking: keep those words in mind as you’re creating a French country living room, like this Marie Flanigan Interiors design. Think white shiplap paired with variegated white brick. Think: raw edge wood coffee table with neutral furniture. Yet it’s far from boring, thanks to pops of pattern and interesting natural features. Even the family silhouettes on the wall feel French, no?
There’s something about landscape artwork, especially when oversized and (seemingly) old, that feels like it’d fit in a French countryside manor. This Marie Flanigan Interiors design is a classic, traditional, and very Provencal-style sitting room. Other musts for a French country feel: a vintage bar cart and plenty of seating to sit back and enjoy a French martini.
French Style Simplified
For a more streamlined, less baroque French country living room, take inspiration from this Marie Flanigan Interiors-designed room. Note the tall, richly colorful window treatments and emphasis on textured elements, primarily wood, brass, and brick. Can’t you see yourself kicking back to take in a good book?
Use French Blue, and Lots of It
Perlmutter-Freiwald Interior Design put bleu de France to good use in this living room. Pair the rich blue hue with neutrals, like white, silver, and tan, to let the traditional azure shine. Here, a nubby, textured rug (try sisal or jute) grounds the room, while the wall-to-wall windows and skylight drown the space in sunlight, and the French doors lead out to a Marie Antoinette-worthy garden.
Rich color, rich patterns, and rich fabrics led to a French-esque living room, like this space by Fava Design Group. There are so many French nods to take note of: the wrap-around built-in bookcases, the medallions on the ceiling, the unexpected carpet, the wingback chair. This library space is the definition of the art of living
Blend Easy and Opulent
We’re picturing winding down with a glass of red wine—something from Bordeaux, preferably—in this utterly charming French countryside living room. You too? There’s a comfortable, laid-back essence to it, despite the fact that it’s upscale and refined—the best of both design worlds.
Take note of the exposed brick wall, the wooden beams, the graphic artwork, and the neutral, classic furniture. Well done, designer extraordinaire Kate Hume.
Add Modern Touches to a Traditional Space
When looking for French-inspired living rooms, where’s the best place to turn? Actual French living rooms, like this guest cottage (in where else? France) by designer Kate Hume, of course. The checkerboard rug brings a graphic punch while the industrial light fixture adds a touch of modernity to the wonderfully aged space. We’d like to move in immediately, please.
Veer Towards Traditional Patterns
This French-inspired living room features something interesting to look at from floor to ceiling. Plush seating options allow conversation to flow, while the artwork evokes the sea views off the coast of Brittany.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match traditional patterns, from the rug to upholstery, to capture a French feel, like Perlmutter-Freiwald Interior Design did here.
Subtly Mix and Match Patterns
Even if the bones of your room don’t particularly emite French vibes, you can bring in layers of Frenchiness with rich textiles and accessories. Here, M. Lavender Interiors incorporated patterned upholstery with a nearly wall-to-wall patterned rug (in a French blue, naturally) in an otherwise beautifully neutral room. The pièce de résistance? The classic blue and white ceramics.
Emphasize Architectural Elements
Take a minute to soak in all the oh-so French aspects of this stunner of a living room by Kim Armstrong Interior Design. The church-inspired elements, from the ceiling to the stair railing to the chandelier, transport you back a few centuries to the south of France.