What is French Provincial Design and LOUIS XV Style?

What is French provincial furniture exactly? This article will explain its history, characteristics and where you can find French provincial furniture to buy.

1. What is French Provincial Furniture?
The term "French Provincial Furniture" is often used interchangeably with "French Country Furniture", but, they are not the same thing. In short, French provincial furniture is more sophisticated. But, French country furniture is more rustic.

2. What is French Provincial Furniture History?
French provincial furniture, inside nutshell, was the simplified version of "Paris" style from 17th-20th century. However, LOUIS XV style during 1730-1765 had the strongest influence on French provincial furniture that we know today. French provincial furniture was made and designed in the cities such as Blois, Orleans, Lyon and other provincial centers where the middle class or even the peasantry could afford stylish furniture.

3. What is LOUIS XV Style?
LOUIS XV style is named after LOUIS XV (aka Louis the Beloved) the ruler of France from 1715 to 1774. Under his reign, French culture was at its peak (for your reference, the French Revolution was 15 years after his death).

When it comes to LOUIS XV style, it was the design that integrated interior decoration and furniture together. However, it was less formal than the design from earlier periods.

4. What are the Characteristics of French Provincial Furniture?
Since French provincial cities had a less sophisticated architectural design, the furniture makers had to make some adaptations from the LOUIS XV style. The result was French provincial furniture with the characteristics as below, 

- Fanciful ornamentation
- Flowered motif
- Swirling Scrolls
- The use of light or pale colors
- The use of oriental lacquer
- The use of locally available wood
- Informal and comfortable

5. Where to Buy French Provincial Furniture?
In the following section, we will introduce you to some great French provincial furniture that are produced with modern day technology.

5.1 French Provincial Style Bedroom Set

French Provincial Style Bedroom Set
This elegant bedroom set shows the best of French provincial furniture. It comes with a bed, dresser, chest, mirror and nightstand. As you can see, the level of ornamentation is just right, there are no heavy colors or gold colors. Another good point of this bedroom set is that it looks stylish but comfortable.

5.2 French Provincial Style Chair

French Provincial Style Chair
This stylish chair also demonstrates the use of pale color beautifully. It comes with solid oak, chic linen upholstery fabric and button tufting. You can use it as part of a dining table or as an extra seating in any room.

5.3 French Provincial Style Sofa

French Provincial Style Sofa
This 3 seater sofa comes with cabriole legs, another feature that can be found in French provincial furniture. It has a solid wood frame with the beautiful white-wash distressed finish. As you can see, it looks chic enough to be in any living room.

5.4 French Provincial Style Desk

French Provincial Style Desk
Do you want this exquisite desk in your home office? Its front and side decorative curves and platinum leaf accents finish just look totally amazing. It's truly the charm of French provincial furniture.

5.5 French Provincial Style Console Table

French Provincial Style Console Table
The console table like this has less ornamentation than a standard French provincial furniture. However, the light gray color looks fantastic! The beveled-edge top gives a modern look to this console table. It's the ideal furniture in the bedroom, living room or even entryway.

Do you like French provincial furniture and why?