Dedicated to those who love the typical atmosphere of Southern France, the scent of lavender and country houses: furnishing the living room in a Provencal style could be the right idea for you. Provencal-style furniture is back in vogue, and can be declined in a classic or more modern key for any type of home. It is not necessary to have a large farmhouse surrounded by greenery to choose it as an inspiration for your living room!
Colors and materials for furnishing in a Provencal style
It is lavender, a symbol of the Provencal countryside, that inspires the color palette in this style of furniture. In fact, it is characterized by the delicate colors of the spring flowers typical of the area, from lilac to pale blue and sage green, to which are added brushstrokes of sand and gray. While the Italian-style furniture often plays with contrasting combinations and warm, bold colors that give dynamism to the environment, in a Provencal-style living room the effect at a glance is quite fresh and relaxing.
Among the materials, on the other hand, wood is the protagonist in both styles, but Provençal prefers lighter essences, preferably with a natural and slightly worn look, with knots and small visible imperfections. Antique wood is an essential element to furnish a Provencal-style living room, which often features exposed beams, benches, sideboards and other wooden furniture. And the floor? For the living room you can range from antique wooden parquet, perhaps laid creating contrasting motifs, to terracotta and stone – solutions particularly suitable for use also for the outdoor flooring and on the terrace.
The protagonists of a Provencal-style living room
While for Italian furniture the dining table is often the central element in the living area, when decorating in a Provencal style it is good to keep in mind that the protagonist of the living room will be the sofa. Large and enveloping, with large armrests and round profiles, it is generally upholstered in soft and natural fabrics, in colors that respect the delicate palette typical of the Provencal style, or with elegant floral patterns. The positioning of the sofa is also very important, which must be behind a large window from which to receive natural light to create a perfect relaxation corner where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest after long walks in nature. Other seats and poufs complete the furnishings of the Provencal living room, always in the name of maximum comfort to make the environment even more welcoming.
In many Provencal-style living rooms, there is also a fireplace, a characteristic element of country houses which in this case warms the environment and creates a romantic atmosphere that blends perfectly with the style of furniture.
Other elements to bring the Provencal style to the living room
Vintage wrought iron objects, thick-pile rugs, flower pots and aromatic plants: there are many small details that cannot be missing to furnish a Provence-style living room. The general inspiration is always nature, so green light for vases and glass jars with wild flowers, even dried, to be placed on cupboards and tables, but also on jugs and watering cans used as flower holders. Wrought iron candelabra and painted ceramics are other possible inspirations, but the possibilities for decorating a Provencal-style living room are so many.