Creating the French Look | Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan | Verdigreen™

Creating the French Look


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The French interior evokes a way of life to aspire to, with its good food, unhurried pace, and, above all, its past for which many people feel nostalgia. Developed over hundreds of years, the French look reflects all tastes, from the cultivated grandeur of the château to the simplicity of rural living, and can be adapted to every home.

Creating the French Look is divided into four styles: château, country, Provençal, and Parisian, and each “look” is applied to living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms, plus outdoor living spaces. As well as describing each overall style, focusing on colors and fabrics, Annie Sloan emphasizes the details and accents required by each one, and, aided by 25 clearly explained step-by-step projects, shows how to achieve it. Among other things, she explains how to paint and distress furniture, apply crackle varnish and stenciled designs, cover an armoire door with embroidered voile, and sew simple curtains and pillow covers.

Whatever interior you desire, this book will guide your choices from the grand statement of the painted armoire to the finishing touch of a little posy of lavender.