Want to feel inside a passionate scene, made to sigh? So decorate your house in the Provencal style. The Provencal décor makes reference to the bucolic and charming Provence, region in the south-east of France known for its vast and fragrant fields of lavender. The decoration carries with it all the romanticism and simplicity of the country life of the place.
But, beyond that, the Provençal decoration is a mix of textures and colors harmonized to create a soft, delicate and, almost always, very romantic environment. In this decoration come the use of neutral colors and pastels, rustic and worn furniture, floral prints and other elements that lead us now to a more rustic style, or to a more sophisticated style.
And all this has a why. The history of Provencal decoration began around the 16th century, when the French peasants began to desire a decoration similar to the nobles and kings. But they did not have the resources. So the way was to improvise.
The craftsmen began to reproduce the style of the furniture, but they did it with a wood of low quality and completely irregular. As a result, the furniture had many imperfections and, in an attempt to improve the appearance of the furniture, they invented a coating technique known as gessocre that served to cover the holes and other imperfections of the wood. But, the coating was not very sturdy and would wear out over time, creating a rustic effect on the furniture.
Curiously and without imagining, they had just created the patina. A technique that became known worldwide and came to be used as one of the main references to the Provencal style. Because of this frustrated attempt (at the time) to imitate the real decoration, the French peasants innovated creating a unique and highly valued style these days.
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How to make a Provencal decoration
The romantic and bucolic style of Provencal décor makes many believe that this décor is typically feminine. But they are wrong. The Provencal décor does indeed have more feminine characteristics, such as the use of flowers and shades of pink, but it need not be limited to that. On the contrary.
The Provençal style can receive a more neutral touch and yet be incorporated into a modern decoration.
Alias, this is exactly what has been happening in the current Provençal decoration: unite the rustic and old to the new and sophisticated.
If you want to decorate the whole house in the Provencal style it is important to be careful with the exaggerations, since this type of decoration is more charged. Also make sure that the rooms talk to each other in the decoration, so that the environments are integrated and with the same proposal.
But if what you want is just to give a Provencal touch to your home, then just bet on one or another element and combine it with the rest of the decor.
We will address, one by one, each of the items that are indispensable in Provencal decor and how you can use them in each room. To begin with, let's talk about furniture, a landmark of Provencal decor.
Aged and rustic furniture
The antique furniture is the icing on the cake of the Provencal decor. They are indispensable in this type of decoration. The aged look helps maintain the origin of the decoration, from centuries ago. Therefore, it is worth considering remodeling that old family furniture. Antique stores and thrift stores are also great sources for getting furniture in this style. The rustic aspect is also characteristic of this type of furniture, since the peasants did not have sufficient resources to create furniture like the one of the royalty.
The cool thing about Provençal decoration is that it allows you to restore the furniture yourself. This will also help you save a buck, first because you can re-use rather than buy, and second, you can do it yourself.
Old furniture can be present in every room of the house. In rooms, the option is to use an old headboard or a dresser. Wardrobe Older ones are also a good request, but if you just want to give a Provencal twist choose one piece or another.
In the living room, use coffee tables, dressers, or antique chairs. In the dining room, choose a rustic, unfinished table with benches and chairs. The kitchen can also house the Provencal style in the cabinets and sink countertops. In the bathroom, you can count on the Provencal style in the closet, taps and mirrors.
The flowers also help to compose the Provencal style, especially the lavenders which are typical flowers of the region.
However, flowers need not only be arranged in pots. You can use flowers in the prints of pillows, pictures and wallpaper, for example. With them, the romantic style of decoration is guaranteed.
The choice of colors interferes directly with the Provençal decoration, so it is very important to choose them carefully. In general, white is the basis of all decoration. It imparts the air of lightness, delicacy and cleanliness to the environment, typical of the style.
To match white, choose light tones and pastels from the blue, green and pink palette. These shades are classic in Provencal décor and can come as much on walls, furniture, upholstery and decorative objects.
The shades of pink and lilac accentuate the romanticism and the feminine side of the Provençal decoration, so if you want to escape a little of this idea bet in the shades of blue.
Babies' and children's bedrooms accept the Provencal proposal very well, since they must necessarily be clearer and more neutral.
Wood and iron
You will also notice that in Provençal decoration the wood and iron are always very present. Floor and ceiling are always wood, and of course furniture.
The iron tends to come in the objects of decoration and the lamps, especially those that are outside the house. Furniture can also be made of iron.
Prints and stripes
One of the most well-known prints of Provençal decoration is the Toile de Jouy, it emerged around the 18th century and its drawings, printed on a white background, depict the peasant lifestyle. Generally, this type of pattern is found in wallpapers and fabrics made of linen and cotton.
The stripes are also strong in Provencal décor, they reinforce the romantic air and can be incorporated into the décor by means of wallpaper or the fabric lining the upholstery.
Mirrors and chandeliers
The sophistication and elegance of the Provencal style can be obtained with the use of mirrors and chandeliers. Both objects were common parts in palaces and, even today, carry nobility status. The living room is the perfect place for a glass chandelier, for example. Already the mirrors can be in all the rooms of the house.
Watch out for the mirror frame before you buy it. This is an important detail when it comes to composing Provencal decor. Delicate frames bring romanticism to the environment, the aged frames are more rustic, while the more classic style guarantee the sophistication of the place.
60 exciting ideas of Provencal decor to apply at home
I noticed that the Provençal decoration is full of peculiarities. And to leave no doubt as to how to decorate in this style, we selected some images to make you fall in love. Let's check it out?
Picture 1 - External bucolic area and full of Provencal elements.
Wicker chairs, iron lamps and the climbing plant are classic examples of Provencal decoration. The tall, elegant vases house little buchichas, bushes much used in the royal gardens.
Picture 2 - Provencal decoration in the bathroom.
This little bathroom has been decorated with Provencal elements. Starting with the white that dominates the environment, bringing clarity and a sense of freshness. The antique furniture that serves as a cabinet next to the faucet complements the look
Picture 3 - Dining room with Provencal touch.
The white on the walls and on the table shows the Provencal decoration. To reinforce the proposal, a simple vase of flowers on the table and the old headboard in the bedroom, at the back.
Picture 4 - Retro and Provencal decorations together.
In this bathroom, elements of the retro and Provençal decoration come together in one. White of wall and wooden ceiling with copper of metals bring the Provence into the environment, box curtain and decorative objects above the sink decorate in retro style
Image 5 - Provencal decorating away from the obvious.
To escape the classic rose, the proposal of decorating this dining room was to use a blue floral wallpaper. Highlight for the beautiful antique chairs and the wooden floor
Picture 6 - Touch Provencal in the furniture.
Not all the decor needs to be Provencal. In this case, only the furniture refers to the style. Note the iron feet of the coffee table and side table, despite the hardness of the material it becomes soft and delicate in the Provençal decoration
Picture 7 - Classical and noble chandelier for Provencal style room.
Picture 8 - Provencal child bathroom.
Picture 9 - Rustic ceiling making a counterpoint with the elegance of the furniture and the chandeliers.
Image 10 - Provencal decoration noble and sophisticated.
Picture 11 - Bed with four poster: Provençal romanticism guaranteed.
Image 12 - Provencal decoration in details.
In this room, the Provencal décor reigns in the details. The floral print rug, the blue tone on the upholstery and the beautiful chandelier with chandeliers reveal the refinement of this type of decoration
Image 13 - Lavender color decoration.
The Provencal style of this room is ensuring the lavender color on the walls and the stripes of the ceiling. A cheerful and cozy room for the kids
Image 14 - Room with Provencal decor.
The room of the couple became more romantic with the floral wallpaper and the white wooden ceiling. Highlight the worn out mobile with a discreet arrangement of makeshift flowers in a can
Picture 15 - Tones of rose and a nightstand to compose the Provencal decoration of the room.
Image 16 - Provencal decoration with blue and pink in the right measure.
Image 17 - Provencal decoration for the twin room.
Children's room, especially babies, matches very well with Provencal decor. Of course, these environments already demand softer and more delicate colors and, for this very reason, they are the face of the Provencal style
Image 18 - Provencal decoration "masculine".
This Provencal decoration has achieved a more masculine way of presenting itself. Instead of the traditional shades of pink, this room dared with a stronger, vivid shade of blue in contrast to the gray headboard. An example of which the Provencal decoration can be incorporated to all the tastes and styles
Image 19 - Flowers, indispensable element of the Provençal decoration, present in the frame, the table, the curtain and the sofa.
Picture 20 - A bathroom of Provencal details.
The white background of this bathroom highlighted the wood, the pattern of the tiles and the delicate adhesive of the toilet
Image 21 - Provencal decoration in shades of black.
For those who believe that it is not possible to combine black and Provençal decoration, this image proves otherwise. In due proportions and combined with the right elements, this bathroom is a typical example of Provencal decoration
Image 22 - Room provençal clean.
The white dominates bringing softness, clarity and modernity to this Provencal style room. Note that the TV set, even with all its modernity, did not prevent the Provencal air from the environment.
Image 23 - Iron in Provencal decoration: delicacy and sophistication to the environment.
Picture 24 - In the Provencal decoration, let the light enter.
Picture 25 - White kitchen cabinets in contrast to the unfinished wood of the table.
Image 26 - Sophistication and elegance in the Provençal bathroom decoration.
Picture 27 - White walls, the room abused the dark tones to compose the Provencal style.
Image 28 - Provencal cuisine: from the pastel green of the old cupboard to the wooden ceiling.
Picture 29 - Room of boy with influences of the Provencal decoration.
Picture 30 - Love the Provence stamped on the wall of the porch.
Picture 31 - Room of delicate girl following the tendencies of the Provencal decoration.
Picture 32 - Iron bed with voluminous trousseau: Provencal characteristics.
Image 33 - Golden of old objects: sophistication to the Provencal style.
Image 34 - Tones of rose to create a romantic effect in the Provençal decoration
Picture 35 - Dining room all in the Provencal style.
This dining room exudes Provence. All romantic and delicate, the Provencal décor style is highlighted in the frills of the tablecloth, the beautiful chandelier, the white crockery displayed on the shelves and the soft rose-pink of the flowers
Image 36 - Provencal quart for girls in white and pink.
Image 37 - Provencal decoration with pastel blue tone and pendant chandelier.
Image 38 - White pebbles painted in white bring the rustic to the Provencal decoration.
Image 39 - Floral print and pink stripes bring romanticism to the room.
Image 40 - Decoration of sober and neutral Provencal cuisine.
Image 41 - Upholstered in moss green to contrast with white.
Image 42 - Vase of lavenders: a touch more in the Provencal decoration.
Image 43 - Black Provencal decoration: sophistication to the environment.
Image 44 - Wallpaper in Provencal décor leaves the room cozy and intimate.
Picture 45 - In this room, no characteristic of the Provencal decoration was left aside.
Picture 46 - Children's room combines very well with the Provencal decoration.
Image 47 - Provençal decoration: wood of the table contrasts with the neutrality of the environment.
Picture 48 - With more daring colors, this Provencal style room was cozy and cheerful.
Picture 49 - For a more sober Provencal decoration, bet in neutral colors such as gray and blue.
Picture 50 - Modern and Provencal room at the same time.
Image 51 - Feminine touch in the Provençal decoration.
Image 52 - Rustic elements composing the Provencal decoration.
Image 53 - Provencal decoration: white monotony broken by the trousseau of blue and green tone.
Image 54 - Sophisticated room with Provencal touch.
Image 55 - Shelves and niches are also characteristic of the Provençal decoration, especially in the kitchen.
Image 56 - Modernized Provencal decoration.
Image 57 - Pastel green for Provencal cuisine.
Image 58 - Delicate and romantic, as the Provencal style should be.
Image 59 - Details like handles and taps help to reinforce the Provencal proposal of the bathroom.
Image 60 - Wooden ceiling and worn furniture: a typical rustic Provencal decoration.