French country design in a home is typically associated with a welcoming, cozy, warm feeling. The rustic elegance of a French country design comes from a good use of colors and materials found in nature. The design originates, as the name suggests, from when country cottages were first built in the south of France. At the time, only natural materials were really available to people and so the floors were laid with brick, terra cotta or stone, while weathered wood cabinets were used for storage, perhaps for dry goods, liquids and even herbs in the kitchen.
Wooden furniture in a French country design home is often stained dark because usually the walls and floors are composed of rich textures and colors. Having simple, plain, furniture ensures that a French country design does not become overpowering and busy.
For example, as natural colors are the guidelines, walls and floors are often painted, with dark wooden beams. Some homes have striking red walls while others use a soft blue and white combination. Either way, natural colors and light enhance the feeling of spaciousness while offering a nice clean finish.