Whether you're looking at ornate bergères or fauteuil French country chairs, not only are they designed to stylishly stand out, but they will last for years due to the hardwearing and strong materials. Most French country chairs, from armchairs to accent chairs to dining room chairs, are crafted on a solid or manufactured wood frame. You'll find a lot of maple, oak, and pine wood options. Most chairs will feature upholstered seats, backs, and even armrests that could be anything from linen, cotton, microfiber, velvet, or a polyester blend. Design expert Nate Berkus suggests opting for a French country chair stuffed with high-density foam, padding, or even sinuous springs for an extra comfy seat.
One way to tell a French country chair from a provincial shabby chic piece is that you will immediately notice intricate wood inlays, carvings, and curved lines that truly set these chairs apart from the rest. Most French country chairs sit on four legs that are ornate and either cabriole or fluted to add both elegance and personality. French country chairs can be quite bulky and traditional in size from an armchair style to something more trimly designed with a high back that slots nicely into a dining room table. It's all about the details with French country chairs from recessed or rolled arms to tufted back cushions and aproned fronts to nailhead trim. Interior decorator Suzanne Kasler suggests looking at French country chairs with floral linen upholstery and antique white-washing on the wood for a slightly more contemporary look.
Joy Moyler suggests that when you're browsing for a versatile accent chair for your living room, look at French country chairs that are slimmer in design that sits 19 inches off the ground with a 22 to 25-inch seat. This size makes the ideal choice for an extra chair that will fit nicely in most design schemes for when you're hosting dinners or parties. For French country chairs that will fit snuggly around a formal dining table, armless chairs with an oval backrest and a seat that's 18 to 20 inches in width are an optimal choice. And if you're looking for something grander in size, armchair-style French country chairs with the characteristic high back, button-tufting, and ornamental curves that measure 30 inches wide make a timeless choice.
For those looking to add a piece of furniture to their living room or bedroom to create a cozy reading nook, French country chairs that come with a matching ottoman make a luxurious and practical choice. Rita Konig recommends looking at French country chairs that are upholstered with reversible or removable cushions that can be easily washed or spot cleaned for busy families. If you're someone who works from home and needs a comfortable and structured spot to sit, there are also ergonomically designed options as well. Thinking about other modern amenities, there are also French country chairs that are upholstered in stain and water-resistant materials. And to create a cohesive and finished look, you might look at chairs that come with matching toss pillows.