French country style is currently one of the most popular looks in home decor, and it’s not hard to see what makes it so appealing. It strikes a beautiful balance between pretty, romantic elements and traditional ones, but also has enough rustic appeal to throw it a bit askew and make it seem comfortable and welcoming, too.
One of the other things we love about the look? Once you understand the basic elements that go into it, it’s easy to create French country style at home. Below, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite throw pillows that fit the aesthetic. Simply choose one or two pillows from a few of the categories below, and you’ll have a perfect French country style recipe for your space.
Small-scale checks. Checks and plaids bring the “country” element to the look. Just be sure that, when you choose a checked print, you look for something that’s small-scale and neutral.
Toile. Toile is the epitome of French country style. The word itself is actually derived from the French term “Toile de Jouy,” which refers to the illustrated, repeating patterns that became popular across eastern Europe in the mid-eighteenth century.
Ticking stripes. Like checks, ticking stripes add country charm to your look. Again, it’s best to incorporate prints in neutrals or soft pastels to preserve a French-inspired feel.
French typography. Typography is a recent addition to classic French country style, but the scrolling phrases and Parisian skyline scenes make a welcome and fitting addition to the look.
Soft, textured neutrals. There’s an element of simplicity to French country style, so it’s important not to go overboard with print and pattern. Mixing in neutral throw pillows in soft or embroidered textures keeps the style sophisticated.