The province of Provence is located in the south of France, from where this wonderful direction of interior design originates. It is a wonderful style that promotes a comfortable stay in your home and combines rural romance with modern trends.
The original French style of Provence appeared relatively recently. It got its name from the province of the same name, which is located in the southern part of France. This region with a unique microclimate has been praised by many renowned artists.
Local landscapes are filled with bright colors all year round, which will bring an atmosphere of comfort and warmth to any living room. This style is universal, suitable for any room, regardless of its size and shape.
Provence in the interior of housing creates a unique image of a European village, enchanting with uneven plastered walls, worn furniture and warm tones in the setting. Most often, the Provencal style is resorted to when decorating bedrooms and living rooms.
The modern Provencal style carries the spirit of serene country life. Each person entering the hall will have the impression that he is transported to a cozy farmhouse on the Mediterranean coast.
In general terms, such an interior can be described as filled with air with a noticeable shade of antiquity. This direction implies the use of natural materials, a measured lifestyle in harmony with nature.… The visiting card of the Provence style is olive trees, lavender and sunflowers.
When decorating a hall, it is worth considering the main features that are inherent in this style:
- the presence of a fireplace is welcome;
- wooden furniture;
- decor and decoration of the living room exclusively from natural finishing materials;
- simplicity of the environment;
- neutral shades of color.
There is a special requirement for natural materials, because thanks to them, you can emphasize the features of the style. It can be natural stones, brick, wood or iron.
A feature of the living room in Provencal decor is the presence of high large windows, curtained with light colored curtains or simple linens. To convey simplicity and display color in the interior, pictures with old frames are hung on the walls, and the walls themselves can be covered with wallpaper with large flowers.
Colors and prints
Located on the Mediterranean coast, the province of Provence is bathed in sunshine all summer long. The interior decoration uses the same colors that can be found walking through the local gardens and fields - muted tones, colors that burned out in the sun, natural wood and stone tiles in the decoration.
The main rule that should be considered in order to design such a room is to use pastel shades. This effect is easy to achieve if you add a drop of white paint to the rich pigment.
This style direction will appeal to lovers of light colors. But pure white in this case is replaced by the color of cream or baked milk. Color accents should not be too obvious, it is better to choose smooth transitions, for example, from beige to olive or from turquoise to wenge.
The leading colors in many interiors are ocher and terracotta. But it is wrong to think that Provence is devoid of bright colors, there is a place for green and blue in it. Aged wood, darkened ceiling beams are often used to create color accents.
The use of the following shades is also recommended:
- Pale yellow and orangeassociated with citrus fruits.
- Light pinklike flower petals.
- Blue and light bluethat have absorbed the freshness of the sea breeze.
- Purplereminiscent of lavender plantations.
To create a believable image, not only the visual line should be present, but also the sensation of the smell of sunny fields, lavender, and the scent of flowers. Only then will the interior be complete.
Wall, floor and ceiling decoration
A small Provence-style living room will not require expensive repairs. The French initially used for interior decoration only plaster and coating with pigment, which quickly faded in the sun.
To create a vintage effect, you can use decorative plaster, the embossed texture of which will hide the unevenness of the walls. Designers advise to apply the effect of aging to the resulting wall covering.… In some places, stone or brickwork can be seen.
The classic option is to decorate the walls with boards, which are fixed vertically to the very ceiling. They are covered with pigment in muted tones. The original effect is achieved by a light toning varnish, through which the wood pattern will be visible.
Wall panels matching the color of plaster, which cover the lower part of the wall to a height of about one meter, will help to add mood to the interior.
Window frames must be in line with the surroundings. They are painted white or the same shade as the ceiling beams.
In the Provencal style, a lot of attention is paid to the windows. They must be large enough for the room to be illuminated by the sun's rays.… Conventional metal-plastic structures can be discordant with the interior, so it is better to put frames imitating the natural texture of wood.
For the ceiling, in addition to the traditional white paint coating, boards and lining are used. They must be covered with paint, most often of a creamy shade.
To turn an ordinary apartment into a country cottage, you can place decorative beams … They should be effectively aged, as if darkened from time to time. To make the interior lighter and more cheerful, the beams are painted to match the ceiling.
Houses in the French provinces were built of stone, the walls were often covered with ocher, which took on a reddish hue under the scorching sun. Because of the cold winds blowing along the seaside in winter, builders have furnished patios paved with cobblestones or tiles.
You can put terracotta tiles or porcelain stoneware with a matte surface on the floor in the living room. If terracotta tiles are used, chipped products are suitable for the full effect.
Wooden parquet is laid on a “deck”, which is a classic in floor design, or laminate with natural wood texture is used. You can choose a light floor covering, cover the wood with light varnish or pastel paint.
To add a more solemn atmosphere, you can put a parquet board covered with a bog oak stain.
We select furniture
To emphasize the Provencal style in the interior, you must first of all pay attention to the furniture, which plays the role of decor in the living room. For this purpose, old chairs with carved legs and shabby coverings, dressers, night tables, sideboards with peeling paint, as well as old chandeliers and even forged pre-revolutionary beds are suitable. If you wish, you can add a very presentable look to them and thereby emphasize the provinciality of the finish.
Light tones of furniture and attrition, which indicates a "solid age", will come in handy for arranging a living room. If you don't have antique furniture, do not despair, because in furniture stores you can always find semi-antique models … The surface of such furniture is treated by artificial aging, thus creating a worn old look.
An excellent addition to the furniture in the living room will be old albums with photographs, frames framing landscapes and mirrors. Old chests, baskets and wicker furniture fit harmoniously into the Provence style.
Many people use the living room as a dining room, where they meet guests, arrange gatherings over a cup of tea.
A large round table with an embroidered or checkered tablecloth will take one of the central places in the room. Chairs can even be metal, but semi-antique. In this case, they are covered with paint, and then washed in separate areas. Decorative pillows with ties are placed on the seats.
The coffee table should also fit the general idea. A simple wooden one is more suitable, since glass is unlikely to correspond to the chosen theme. The wood can be tinted and patinated. This furniture can also be used as a TV stand.
Small sofas are more associated with a country house than roomy furniture corners. You need to choose a classic model of upholstered furniture with a high seating position and armrests.
Sofa cover - white or decorated with floral print. Models with carved legs and aging effect are also acceptable. You can put a couple of chairs nearby, which may differ slightly in shape or color. But you should stick to all the same muted shades.
In addition to classic upholstered furniture, it is also worth considering options typical for southern countries. First of all, these are sofas with a painted metal or forged frame, on top of which a mattress and pillows are placed.
Also a model with a wicker back will add a special flavor to the interiorresembling three chairs joined together.
It just so happened that the provincial interior is characterized by an abundance of sunlight. This is due to the fact that when they still did not know anything about electricity, houses in Provence were bright and comfortable. This is possible only due to the presence of large windows and doors in the house, which let in sufficient sunlight.
Modern building technologies make it possible to increase window and door openings, due to which there will be enough daylight in the house for natural daylight.
In the evening, as well as at night, lighting of the room will be dealt with by lighting fixtures. For these purposes, perfectly suitable for large wrought iron chandeliers, various sconces, lampshades, wall and floor lamps, made in the old manner.
The more flowers on the chandeliers and lampshades, the brighter they will convey the Provencal flavor. Moreover, the color of the lampshades should convey soft pastel light, which will contribute to a relaxed, relaxed atmosphere.
The shape of wall lamps can be made in the form of intricate monograms and candelabra.
It is impossible to imagine the Provencal style without a fireplace, which has a special place in the interior. In addition, the fireplace is the place where the family gathers on cold winter evenings, it gives its owners a warm and unforgettable atmosphere, you can relax around it after a hard day.
As a rule, the fireplace is located on a massive portal. A special shelf is attached above the fireplace, which can be decorated with various vases, candlesticks, portraits with photographs, figurines and other soul-warming things and trinkets. Fireplaces look especially chic when processed with natural stone, refractory heat-resistant bricks or marble.
A little trick: if the brickwork of the fireplace is finished with rough whitewash and forged metal elements, then this will give it Provencal simplicity. A well-known design solution is the location of the logs by the fireplace in a special metal tank on one side, and the racks for the poker and shovels on the other.
To emphasize the Provence style in the interior and give the room a special flavor, you need to remember about textiles. The fabrics with which the decoration of the room is saturated can be made of coarse cotton, linen, chintz and satin.… They are used to sew curtains, pillows for armchairs and sofas, capes and chair covers, napkins and tablecloths.
The colors of fabrics should be light, large flowers and various patterns abound on them., without which the Provence style cannot be imagined. When decorating the ceiling and walls, if you do not use wallpaper, it is recommended to apply paint in white, light turquoise, beige, lilac, terracotta and light gray colors. The presence of stucco molding and decorative panels is encouraged.
The walls of the living room should be decorated in large quantities with painted plates and saucers.… Large wall clocks, masks and various wooden, porcelain and ceramic figurines fit perfectly into the Provencal interior.
Fresh flowers will be an invariable attribute of the decor., which should be constantly present in the house and delight with the freshness of aromas and beauty. They can be placed anywhere: on a table, on shelves, a chest of drawers, stands, as well as on window sills.
Lace, embroidery, floral patterns - these are all features inherent in the rustic style, or country. In the living room, there must certainly be cute little things stylized for handwork.… But fabrics should not be too bright, muted colors are more suitable.
It is important that the upholstery of sofas is combined with lampshades, curtains, bedspreads. You can choose a certain print, for example, embroidery with roses, and use only that.
The curtains should be light and light colored. Linen fabrics with a lambrequin will look great. You can attach shutters that will serve as a decorative function. They can be aged or painted wood, but should stand out from the walls.
In the daytime, it is better to use translucent curtains that will transmit light well. An effective element will be curtain hooks decorated with bows or embroidery. In the living room it is imperative to take care of the presence of a carpet with a traditional oriental ornament … Striped rugs are also suitable, as they evoke a strong association with a country house.
The Provence style living room will certainly fill the room with tenderness. The most preferred color is beige, as it is quite calm.
Be sure to glue the delicate wallpaper. They can have both floral and other ornaments.
The Provence style is also characterized by a delicate blue color. Moreover, this color is perfect for the living room.
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