17.9.10

French Country Vs. Contemporary

I LOVE the "Versus" feature.... I enjoy looking at rooms and styles that are totally different! I appreciate the contrast because then it's easier to clearly identify each style... Soooo.....

In the case of French Country Vs. Contemporary.... what's your veredict?


When you think of the French countryside, you're sure to see lavender fields and bright sunshine. While there are many elements that contribute to the French Country style of decorating, the resulting look is always rustic, old-world, and welcoming. The look fits well into both country houses and elegant, old chateaux. The French Country style of decorating, with its warm and casual feel will fit beautifully into your home as well.



Colors used to decorate in the French Country style come from the full spectrum of the color wheel. Sunny yellow and soft gold, firey red and burnt rust, bright grass green and dark hunter green, cobalt blue and soft ocean tones... Bright black and dull grays punctuate the bright colors and define accessory pieces. Rusted metal furniture, lighting fixtures, and furniture give warm color and wonderful lines.

An important element in pieces used in French Country style decorating is the use of natural materials. Rough stained or painted plaster walls, hefty beamed ceilings and walls, delicate carved wood details, and chair seats woven of rush give texture and simplicity to the look. Natural stone floors are covered with wool or cotton rugs.



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It's been thought that modern interiors are cold and minimalist, today's CONTEMPORARY interiors are comfortable and welcoming. It's a style that is equally appropriate for offices and stores, lofts and homes. A contemporary style home can be a quiet and comfortable retreat.




The basic rules to achieve this look; Simplicity, subtle sophistication, texture and clean lines help to define contemporary style decorating. Interiors showcase space rather than things. By focusing on color, space, and shape, contemporary interiors are sleek and fresh.



Neutrals, black, and white are the main colors in contemporary style interiors. The palette is often punched up and accented with bright and bold color. Black is often used to ground and define a contemporary style room. With walls painted in a basic neutral, you have a wonderful backdrop for bold colored accessories. If the walls and windows are painted in pastels, the trims should be neutral. If a wall is a bright, bold color, neutrals should be used everywhere else.

The most obvious and distinctive element of a contemporary style interior design is line. It's found in architectural details, high ceilings and bare windows.






Image source: BHG

8 comments:

Pop Champagne said...

that's cool, I learned a little about interior design from reading your blog! I do love the dark kitchen cabinets and minimal :D

Fabulously french said...

I like a mixture of both...

Leeann x

Nuit said...

I probably would like a mixture of both styles too... I am not too romantic when it comes to decorating, so simple, clean lines work better for me than ruffles and layers :) thanks for visiting babes! xo

Arti said...

I love the French countryside though contemporary is not bad either!!
Have a nice week ahead:)

Dancing Branflake said...

Country! I love those country photos especially!

OneCraftyFox said...

I use a mixture of both currently in my home. I appreciate the clean lines and neutral color palette from the contemporary pieces, and the flair and whimsy from the French Country pieces.

Fabulous post as always, my dear!! Hope your week is off to a fantastic start ;)

Nuit said...

thank you all ;)

Great week!!

Indie.Tea said...

How lovely.
Especially the first :)

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