Much like a French girl's disheveled bangs and red lipstick — flawlessly applied avec, well, her finger — French country interior design is effortlessly chic in all the right ways.
From elegant drawing rooms to laid-back lounges, these 25 French countryare the solution to your design woes if you're looking to upgrade your lounge space for relaxed refinement.
In Emmy Rossum's home, chairs by upholstered in fabrics by surround a dining table by Baker; the photographs are by , the large ceramic pot is from , the chandelier came from Rossum's house in Los Angeles and the walls are painted in .
In a West Village apartment, the living room’s 19th-century English faux-bamboo chairs and antique French stool are covered in linens, the antique French iron garden-table base is topped with antique marble and a sculptor’s stand holds a 19th-century Italian terra-cotta urn.
In the living room of a Manhattan home, the custom sectional is upholstered in a print and the custom sofa in a fabric is topped with a pillow in an fabric. The table lamp is by , the floor lamp is by , the rug is Persian, and the cashmere throw is by .
In a Parisian apartment, the custom Turquerie-style sofa bed and canopy are covered in a hand-printed cotton that was also used on the walls.
In the great room of this New York farmhouse, a row of French doors affords panoramic views of the Hudson Valley. The couple’s French spaniel, Georgie, rests on a custom velvet sofa. Collins purchased the antique console, wooden chest, and wingback chairs on trips to Italy. The 19th-century limestone columns are from New Delhi, the custom lanterns and laurel reed–and-leather rug are from Morocco, the pendant above the sofa was fashioned from an antique Italian tole lantern, and the curtains are of a .
In the living room of porcelain designer Marie Daâge’s country home in the Loire Valley, Louis XVI chairs, left, and Regency chairs covered in a Lelievre velvet damask, right, flank the mantel, which is original to the house. The wall and curtain fabrics are by Braquenié, the birdcage is 19th century, and the rug is from the Conran Shop.
On an estate in Bordeaux, France, the multi-purpose breakfast and lounge area features a sofa by Georges Jacob. The table, medallion chairs, and daybed are all 18th-century.
At this bucolic retreat in Normandy, 19th-century French landscape paintings hang salon style in the bar lounge area. The stools by Arthur Umanoff and the bamboo chaise are vintage.
In the drawing room of a 19th-century Normandy house decorated by Franz Potisek, the 19th-century armchairs are French, the cocktail table is custom made, and the curtains are of a plaid wool by Sanderson.
The door and walls are painted in Zuber's Matte in Noir de Fumée, Femme Chocolate, and Frau Gretschen, and the beams are in Farrow & Ball's Estate Emulsion in Eating Room Red
In the drawing room of a historic French chateau owned by Count Jean de Ganay, baroque chandeliers hang from a ceiling designed by Mogens Tvede. The furnishings include a Louis XV sofa and a red Louis XVI bergère, and the desk and bookshelves are both Regency style.
Inside an 18th-century estate in Bordeaux, the salon's Georges Jacob settee and armchairs are upholstered in a velvet, the chest of drawers, barometer clock, and Aubusson rug are all 18th century, and the chandelier and sconces are 19th-century.
Inside a Hamptons cottage, the living room fireplace, with a surround of delftware tiles and an Adam-style carved-wood mantel, is original to the house. The walls are covered in a hand-painted wallpaper by Gracie.
In the library lounge of a Parisian home, the sofa is upholstered in a cotton damask, the armchair is covered in a silk velvet and the slipper chair is based on a ; the desk is Louis XV, the chandelier is Louis XIV and the 19th-century rug is Persian.
Inside this Paris pied-a-terre, the daybed and light fixture in the entryway are custom designs, the Chinese chair and side table are from the Qing Dynasty. The 1939 painting hung on the wall was found at a Paris flea market, the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White. The 19th-century marble tiles used for the flooring came from a farmhouse.
Take a peek inside this Santa Monica home with deeply-rooted European influences. In the sitting room, the clients' sofa was reupholstered in a fabric by Jasper, and the Napoleon III-style bergère is covered in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric. The Anglo-Indian inlaid games table is from the 19th century, and the rush matting is by Stark.
Attached to a guest room on a French countryside estate, this petite living space features a hand-painted chest, settee, and armchairs all from Directoire.
In the family room of a converted summer camp in Northern California, the George Sher lock sofa is upholstered in a Raoul Textiles linen, the ottoman, covered in a de Le Cuona corduroy, is by Howe, the armchairs are from Dean Antiques, the stool is a Paris flea market find, and the antique bench is from Ruby Beets.
Works by Sam McEwen and Hugo Guinness, among others, hang above the fireplace, the walls are painted in Emery & Cie's C'est Un Garçon, the cane shades are from Joss Graham, and the rug is by Beauvais Carpets.
In the family room of an East Hampton summer home, the sofa and club chairs are by Celerie Kemble for Henredon. The ottoman, by Bunny Williams Home, is covered in a Moores & Giles leather and the early-19th-century Louis XVI-style armchairs are upholstered in a Shyam Ahuja cotton.
The artwork over the mantel is by Mallory Page, the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Pleasant Valley, and a grass cloth by Jeffrey Michaels covers the ceiling.
In the sitting area of Eric Hadar's carriage house in Bedford, New York, which was decorated by Virginia Tupker, a sofa from Matter holds cushions from Les Indiennes and Nathan Turner. The chairs are by Pierre Jeanneret, and the cocktail table by Roger Capron is from Maison Gerard.
The pendant light is by Roost, the ladder is from John Derian, the garden tables are French, and the wool rug is a custom design.
At a Southampton cottage owned by Lorry Newhouse, the sitting room, which she decorated with designer Rain Phillips, features a sofa that is a custom design. The chairs are by Lee Jofa, the antique chaise is French, the kilim rug is from David Duncan Antiques, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Calla Lily.
In the library of an apartment designed by , in Paris's 7th arrondissement, the 18th-century desk is English, the armchair is from , the ottomans are upholstered in kente cloth, and the desk lamp was made from a Ming vase.
The Italian mirror dates to the early 1700s, the Japanese wood deity is from the Heian period, and the curtains are of a striped cotton.
In this bright and airy summer house in the Hamptons, the living room boasts French country details like a lamp featuring a rooster and a relaxed, earthy color scheme. There is also an 18th-century Swedish table and vintage Pierre Jeanneret chair from Bloom, and the circa-1940 lamp by Marolles is from Magen H Gallery.
The Manhattan home of interior designer and textile artist flaunts a living room with a circa-1790 American secretary, a pair of bamboo étagères that are from a Paris flea market, and curtains of a . The screen is by de Biasi, and the vintage wicker stool is by Franco Albini.
In the drawing room of a London apartment, a 17th-century Flemish tapestry hangs above a sofa covered in a Pierre Frey, a cocktail table by Paula Swinnen, and a Louis XV walnut armchair upholstered in a Pierre Frey velvet; the watercolor on the door is by Natalia Goncharova, and the vertical moldings are inset with mirror.
A fanciful mural by Bob Christian frames an antique French mantel in the Manhattan pied-à-terre of decorator Suzanne Rheinstein. The chaise is Louis XVI, and the gilt armchairs are 18th-century Italian. The Louis XV chair by the fireplace is covered in a Claremont fabric.