What is French Styled Furniture?

French Styled Furniture

What is it that comes to your mind when someone mentions ‘French Furniture’? Do you start imagining the sophisticated, elegant designs that would be typical for the aristocrats in Paris, or do you instead conger up images of old, antiqued, country feeling furniture designs, units and items that would be common throughout that larger portion of the population and of course be more affordable? Or perhaps your mind goes blank, as you do not know what French furniture looks like as you perhaps have never visited France, nor studied French designs while going through education.

French Furniture can come as two different main styles and one is the elegant, luxurious designs of furniture that were made for the upper markets, originally designed for King and court and the rich upper bourgeoisie. This sophisticated design on French furniture will be very well made, expertly crafted and comprising of delightful, fine artwork within the furniture units. The edging will be professionally finished and the paintwork will consist of fine brushed interesting artistic designs within the main base colour that will have been distressed to add more character to the units.

French Styled Furniture

A typical furniture unit to come across when discussing French furniture is the dressing tables/dressing units, chest of drawers and a favourite of mine would be the ottomans. The dressing units will frequently come fitted with a Mirror and also be part of a Chair & Unit package as the owner would want to sit on the chair and stare into the mirror while doing their make-up, prior to going out to the annual ballroom dance, the units come in various shapes and sizes and will usually be standing on interesting designed feet on each corner. The ottomans are great for when one is feeling lazy and relaxed and wants to neither sit nor lie down. They are usually extremely comfortable and will add a touch of class to the room they are located within.