Tips For Decorating With a French Cottage Style

If you crave the delightful textures of natural wood, the spontaneity of distressed furniture and the glimmer of golden, glam accessories, you will love the French cottage style of decor. To get your aesthetic trending towards this style, start to add in some of the following elements.

Natural Textures

French style is a balance between simple and sophisticated, making natural wood a perfect balance to tie your decor together. You can find french kitchen furniture at vintage markets, furniture stores or yard sales. Since distressed pieces are part of this style, you can choose your furniture based on shape and style. Just add a coat of paint to change up the color. Leave hardwood floors bare, consider a butcher block counter and leave beams exposed for additional natural wood textures throughout your home.

Hints of Gold

You can have fun adding a bit of shine into your decor with golden accessories. Using gold sparingly is an essential aesthetic of the French cottage style. You’ll be able to add a bit of elegance and glamour to your interior spaces.

Vintage Pieces

If you enjoy hunting for amazing vintage finds at flea markets and antique malls, you’ll love adding your discoveries to your home. This style revolves around a combination of old, distressed pieces and classic decor items. The more unique the item, the better and they lead to fantastic conversation starters.


Another way to add some elegance to your interior design is with a chandelier. With a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and styles, you’ll be sure to find one that enhances your French cottage ambiance. 

Classic Vibes

Finding classic-style furniture and decor and adding a twist with intricate details is another element of French cottage style. Have some gold spray paint on hand for when you find beautifully carved candlesticks or vases and make your mantel look amazing. Have large furniture and decor in the classic style and switch up your accessories with on-trend designs.


Support local artists and spruce up your gallery wall with touches of art. Find prints if you can’t afford original pieces or save up for an original from your favorite artist. Art can showcase your personality and add a unique touch to your otherwise classic space.

The French cottage aesthetic doesn’t have to be difficult to curate. Focus on simple, classic items, distressed, vintage finds and touches of gold to rock this decor style.

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