Exuding a regal, manor-like appearance, French provincial architecture was initially constructed by French aristocrats in France’s provinces. Today, these stunning abodes grace streetscapes across Melbourne – and much of the world – exuding a sense of period grace, with intricate details and ornate balustrading to captivate.
A quintessential feature of any Marque French provincial dwelling, parquetry floors – commonly laid in a herringbone pattern – are a durable and stylish component to any home in this style, turning the flooring into an alluring focal point of the abode’s overall design. Offering a classic and timeless look, parquetry is a stunning and effective way of arranging timber flooring, doing so by installing smaller pieces of timber and arranging them in distinctive and character-filled patterns.
Inside the home, natural colour tones consisting of whites, greys, creams and other neutral shades adorn the interiors of French provincial dwellings; enhancing a sense of natural light, and elevating the home’s crisp, bright interior. Marque’s French provincial projects are defined by their impeccable details, including durable wrought iron features.
Graceful staircase balustrading, external balcony balustrading divine entry details make an impressive and captivating impact from the very first glance.
The heart of any home, Marque’s French provincial kitchens are richly detailed, yet still maintain a sense of calm, refined elegance. Ornate mouldings and cabinet door profiles enhance the aesthetic of the space, while a tiled splashback, expansive oven, rangehood and statement kitchen island are also luxurious additions to a labour-intense region of the home.
An absolute essential to any French provincial home, French doors and windows are often utilised both externally and internally throughout a dwelling. These double-hinged doors open to create a wide, airy transition to a balcony or patio and often lead through to a connecting room. Glazing bars are another signature French provincial feature seen on doors and windows, enhancing a clean line of sight while maintaining an air of elegance.
Providing a welcome sense of ambience and illumination, feature pendant lighting – including modern, traditional and ornate chandeliers, or rustic pendants – makes a beautiful statement in any French provincial home, elevating the abode’s overall sense of grandeur and unique flair.
A trusted name in Melbourne’s building industry, Marque offers its valued clients support from the initial concept, right through to the project’s completion and key handover. With a personal relationship that will last long after the completion of a luxury build, the team offers a truly unique building experience, and looks forward to infusing French provincial flair into your next home.
*Extracted from an article originally published in the Melbourne Home Design & Living Magazine.