French country furniture has curvy lines but doesn’t feel showy because it is made of natural materials such as carved wood with a matte or semi matte finish. This classic armoire has the graceful and simple lines found in the French style. It is a 40-year-old Ethan Allen piece I purchased from the classified ads. Great French style can definitely be achieved on a budget!

The French Country style also features a lot of painted furniture, so buying older distressed furniture fits the look perfectly. This French armchair is very old, heavy, and well constructed (another benefit to buying antiques and vintage), and even with paying for it to be upholstered, it was less than half the cost of a new one. And I got to choose my own custom fabric mix: a cream tweed and the buffalo check and damask leftover fabrics from my curtains. Comfort is key, so seating is plush and cozy.

Graceful ladder back chairs with rush or cushioned seating are also popular French country furniture options. With this decor style, it is all about beauty and comfort. It’s simply the French version of rustic. 

To achieve this style, look for pieces that are weathered and have a patina. The pieces should look like they have been handed down for many generations and are a bit distressed and imperfect. Use real antiques (100 plus years old) and true vintage (50 plus years) as often as possible by shopping flea markets, second-hand stores, and local vintage and antique stores. You’ll save money and create a timeless look all your own. 

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