When it comes to European architectural styles imported to the US, there is more than one that springs to mind. But one of the most beautiful and timeless has to be the French Country style. This elegant, effortless, and enchanting style of architecture conjures up images of green pastures, blue skies, and rolling hills.

It’s a distinctive style that won’t suit every taste—minimalists might not like it, for example. But if you’re interested in adopting this style for your home, then this guide is for you. Read on to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about French-style homes.

The History of French Country Style Homes in the US

You may be wondering how homes designed to sit peacefully in the French countryside made their way to America. The answer is quite simple. The style was first brought over by soldiers from WWI.

After the war was over, these soldiers, inspired by the beautiful homes they had seen in France, decided to build their very own versions right here at home. Because they tended to settle wherever they were originally from, there isn’t one location in the US that has a particularly large amount of this style of home, but rather they’re scattered throughout the country.

French Country Homes: Prominent Features

Though design elements may vary from house to house, there are a few design features that you’ll find in most french country homes. The first is a brick facade. The facade of almost all french country homes will be made from either brick or stone, as those were the materials they had available when they were first being built.

Next, you have wooden shutters, floors, and beams. These are a big feature of many french homes, reflecting the common materials and building techniques used at the time. Floors were often also made from stone.

French country homes tended to have large, sloping roofs with overlapping tiles. Double chimneys were another common feature.

When it comes to the decor soft hues were often used. Lots of creams and whites, but also light blue, green, and yellow. Sofas and chairs were generally upholstered in cotton or linen and colored in white or cream.

Pros and Cons of French Country Style Architecture

There are many advantages to choosing this architectural style for your home. It is warm, inviting, natural, and it can suit a number of different settings. If you like large, laid-back houses, then this could be the style for you.

However, there are some potential pitfalls to consider. As is stated above, this style won’t be for everyone. If you’re not into the vintage look, then this won’t suit your tastes.

As well as this, it’s a style that can look out of place in certain settings. The original French country style took queues from its natural surroundings, and that’s something that should be considered.

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