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5 TIPS FOR A PROVENCE STYLE TAKE IN YOUR BATHROOM

France is a nation well-recognised for its effortlessly demure style, a talent that extends into their interiors. Provence is a region in the south of France, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, worlds away from the metropolis we imagine when we think of cosmopolitan Paris.

Provence enjoys a warm climate, leading inhabitants to create interiors that make use of good light and encourage coolness. This style takes as its inspiration the hushed variations on the outside vistas including the olives tree and lavender field hues that complement blue skies regularly punctuated by the ochre glow from the sun.

In common with France’s playful homage to history, Provence homes are rustic and honour past objects to create nostalgia. Where family heirlooms are unavailable, a distressed look may be added to customise a modern furniture item.

French country homes are all about simplicity but never at the exclusion of beauty. While opulence is pared back, details from the floral fields and nearby seascape may be used to ornament the surroundings.

Here are five tips to implement this unusual style into your bathroom.

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1. MAKE USE OF LIGHT WALLS AND SURFACES

Mediterranean sun floods the Provence home, and while it’s still not possible to order it here in the UK, light walls in white or cream ensure you make the most of your existing natural light. Avoid heavy colours for your bathtub, shower and worktops, and instead opt for neutrals such as grey, beige or milky white.

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2. USE NATURAL WOODEN EFFECTS FOR A RUSTIC FEEL

For panels and worktops, natural wood effects are a win. Light wood trumps dark wood. Oak and chestnut effects are preferable for an authentic Provence-inspired space. This can also be applied to your blinds, mat and accessories by selecting wicker or raffia materials. If you want a cleaner, more modern look, then consider pastels such as lilac, mint green, light blue or grey to stand out from your lighter worktops.

3. ADOPT COLOURS DERIVED FROM THE LANDSCAPE

Nature has very much dictated the colour palette for this style. No loud, in-your-face aubergine or aquamarine bathtubs here. Think pastels and warm neutrals: white, beige and grey for your backdrop interspersed with tints of purple, green, yellow and sea blue for your towels, picture frames and tiles.

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4. INCLUDE HOMELY ACCESSORIES THAT TELL A STORY

Sleek and contemporary doesn’t work as well if you want to capture that timeless, other-worldly atmosphere. Accessories are a 3D collage of your own story. Items you have collected overtime negate that manicured look that works for other styles such as minimalist or Scandinavian. Provence is a special take on the vintage look. Accessories you choose could be candlesticks, ceramic herb pots, floral paintings or drawings, seashells and distressed mirrors. The flower motif can be extended to your tiling and any textiles in the space.

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5. METAL ACCENTS SHOULD BE VINTAGE-INSPIRED

Those who love boldness will be happy that black metal accents are definitely in! The wrought-iron look in for taps, light fittings and chairs fits rather well into a Provençale ensemble. When it comes to metallic features, muted opulence goes, so a chandelier, old-fashioned tap fittings and quirky cupboard handles are the way to express your elegant side.

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Dreamy Modern Vintage

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The barn door and wooden window frames are the perfect salute to a French country house aesthetic. The ceramic tiled wall teamed with homely picture frames add the finishing touches to this quirky space.

Simplified & Homely Country Home Bathroom

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Taking the Provence theme in a different direction, this bathroom has adopted a regal blue theme with a rustic textured plaster wall to accompany the wooden door, homely cream SMO™ wall panels and contemporary taps.  A great combination of country and contemporary styles.

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