Adding French Country to the Mix

No matter what the starting aesthetic in your home is (modern, Mid-Century, etc.) you might think it'd be impossible to add French Country-inspired looks into the mix, but that's just not the case. Austin-based designer Donna Stockton-Hicks gave us some tips on how to transition a space into something a little more French Country chic.

Why would you want to start adding French Country style to your home? Trend forecasts are pointing to French Country being popular again and it just so happens to be a very cozy, charming, comfortable style that sure works great mingled with other contrasting looks (and goes surprisingly well with Scandinavian styles).

Donna Stockton-Hicks is an Austin-based interior designer specializing in residential interiors and has completed projects across the United States. She's also co-owner of Austin's largest fabric and furniture wholesale design showroom, Stockton Hicks Laffey, a tenant of Back Door To The Trade. She shared some ideas to put into practice if you've been thinking about adding a little French Country to your home's mix:

  • Keep woods in the interior spaces raw to channel the style
  • Use slipcovers on sofas and chairs; linen fabrics work really well
  • Change out your modern or outdated lamps for Parisian flea market-looking ones
  • Groupings of prints, especially ones of maps or botanicals, are a powerful tool of this style
  • Take your existing throw pillows, grab a few more, and create a scatter back look on a sofa (as seen in the top photo)
  • Lucite is a material that looks cool both in modern spaces and French Country
  • Hang a chandelier in an interesting location (wooden, spindly ones work great!)

Images: Via Donna Stockton-Hicks from her showroom

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.