When the warm weather arrives, we begin to want to spend more time outside than at home. The garden becomes the favorite “room,” and the patio is its final location. If, like me, you love the French Country style, don’t miss this article where I will show you ideas and inspiration on how to create the perfect French Country style patio.
What is a French Country patio?
There are many sayings of patio in French Country, and this is extremely nice for someone who wants to have many options for decorating their patio while still staying true to style.
French Country style patios feature all the elements of normal patios such as plants, vases, pergola, tables or coffee tables, chairs, armchairs, lights, and various decorations. The type of choices and materials distinguishes the patio from a French Country patio.
What colors and materials for a French Country patio?
In French country patios, the colors are generally neutral or, in any case, soft for the furniture, ranging from classic beige, light gray, and white to light turquoise or wood color. Different speech for decorations and flowers is usually dominated by bright colors such as yellow, pink, or blue.
The patio lighting is almost always of an intimate type to create an environment where the watchword is relaxation.
The materials used are wood, wicker, and iron. In both cases, the appearance is almost obligatory that it is aged.
French country patio flooring is typically farmhouse style, and we often find it gravel or stone.
Ideas and Components for a perfect French Country Patio
Plants and Pots
Plants, vases, and flowers are essential components of a French country patio.
In the center of the table, it is preferable to use colored or white flowers such as roses, hydrangeas, and tulips to be placed in white porcelain or tin vases.
For plants and flowers to be placed around the perimeter of the patio or at the foot of the sofa, the flowers mentioned above are delicate but also evergreen pot plants.
It is also necessary to say a few words to cover plants. We can create beautiful roofs of vines such as ivy or wisteria in our cozy patio.
Pergolas and roofs
As for French country patio covers, let’s start by saying that not everyone has a cover. The predisposition for use in the summer months and the often shadow generated by large trees close to the house create solutions where it is possible to set up a perfect patio even without a cover.
Where coverage is necessary, on the other hand, you can opt for a wood or aluminum pergola or a wooden or wrought iron structure that will be used as a support for the climbing plants that will act as a cover.
Tables and Coffee Tables
Our patio can be decorated with either a dining or a French Style coffee table.
The choice affects the functionality of the patio. If you prefer to have lunch or dinner on your beautiful patio, you will have to choose a rectangular or circular table capable of hosting you and your regular guests.
If, on the other hand, the patio is designed more for moments of pure leisure and relaxation, then the coffee table is the ideal solution.
Chairs, Sofas, Hammocks, and Swings
The seats, like the tables, depending on the use we want to make. Chairs are the only choice for lunches and dinners and a regular table. Although you can opt for French country chairs with deep seats and are very padded, they are often a valid alternative to armchairs.
For the relaxation function, on the other hand, you can play a little on various elements, and you can have both a sofa and a hammock or rocking chair combined.
The lighting of your French country patio must be romantic. There are no alternatives.
You can use candles, small soft lights reminiscent of fireflies or stars, or you can dare with an elegant chandelier, but the romantic and intimate effect is a must-have.
Fireplace and decorations
The Fireplace on the patio of your cottage is not common but not impossible. You can create fantastic solutions with the possibility of living on the patio even in winter.
As for the decorations, on the other hand, in addition to the vases mentioned above and candles, you can also use small statues or ornamental capitals, always of a classic mold.