Provencal style in the interior
Originating in England, the country style gradually began to conquer the expanses of Europe, spread to America and even took root a little in Russia. But everywhere he got some features. Provence is a French original variety of country, which strongly feels the influence of the sunny South, and proximity to the warm Mediterranean Sea.
Distinctive features of Provence style
Provencal-style walls are most often not wallpapered, but white or colored plaster is applied. At the same time, a certain negligence is specially allowed, giving the interior a provincial shade. The surface color is mostly yellow, blue or warm pink. In Provence itself, very often the walls were finished from the inside with rough natural stone or brick, without covering them with a thick layer of some kind of decorative material. If you still want to choose a wallpaper in the Provencal style, then give preference to floral patterns, stripes or a cage painted in pastel colors.
The Provencal-style ceiling, like the walls, is plastered with light material, and the beams, if possible, are not closed. On the contrary, many people even try to install decorative whitewashed or dark ceiling beams to enhance the feeling of a rustic interior. Doors in the Provencal style are painted with white paint, sometimes covered with a floral pattern, after which they are artificially aged. Provence furniture should be reliable, solid and a little rustic. But in this style, it is not as bulky as in German or English country. Facade colors — white, cream, pale green, lilac. Quite often, flower painting is used to decorate furniture.
Only natural textiles are used here — cotton, linen, chintz. Curtains in the Provencal style are framed with ruffles, tied with beautiful ribbons. The fabric is chosen with simple patterns in the form of stripes or flowers. Chandeliers in the Provencal style have simple shapes. Both forged and ceramic products are used, which decorate the provincial interior well. Curved lines are often allowed in the elements, symbolizing vine branches.
Provence style interior examples
- Provencal style kitchen. In the interior of this room, you need to make the most of natural stone, wood, or a very high-quality imitator of these materials. It is best when the walls have a rough surface. It is advisable to lay a wooden board or tile on the floor. The furniture is made of oak, cherry, walnut. It has a slightly worn look and the paint does not completely cover the natural texture of the wood. The Provencal style in the interior is not in harmony with modern kitchen appliances, so it should be masked as much as possible under the facades of furniture. It is good to find here copper dishes, forged candlesticks, chandeliers and appliances that can be hung from the ceiling on hooks.
- Provencal style bedroom. This room should certainly be decorated with a bed on carved legs and large, but not too bulky furniture (chest of drawers, wardrobe, bedside tables) made of light wood. The rustic flavor will be enhanced by a lamp with a fabric lampshade and various trinkets in the form of figurines, forged candlesticks, and chandeliers. A large role in creating the Provencal style in the interior of the bedroom is played by textiles with floral patterns. It is presented here in the form of capes on the bed, armchairs, bedside tables or bedside tables.
- Provencal style living room. This room is a great place to install antique furniture. Look for an old sofa and armchairs, or age new items if they fit the style. Things with high and curved legs are best suited. Other characteristic accessories are vases, flower pots, porcelain figurines and a wicker rug.
- Provencal nursery. Stone or brickwork here will look very rough, they should be replaced with light pastel wallpaper with a floral pattern or paint in delicate “airy” shades for the walls. The floor is better to make parquet or plank. Choose beds with forged elements on legs or at the head. It is good to put wicker baskets or chests for storing toys, replacing plastic or paper boxes with them. Choose only natural textiles with floral ornaments or in a cage; openwork macramé napkins will complement the picture.