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Styles and Finishes for your French dining setting

April 14, 2019

Louis XV painted finish

Giving your Louis Fifteen furniture a painted finish has the effect of softening the carving while accentuating the shapes, the cabriole legs and scalloped apron. The finish can be in antique white or done in two colours, such as antique white and soft french grey or cream and taupe. The overall effect is casual yet elegant and sophisticated. Perfect for small spaces and for darker rooms that need a lighter quality.

Painted Louis XV Table

Louis XVI painted

The Louis XVI style came about as a reaction to the ornamentation and sensuality of shapes in the Louis XV. Its clean neoclassical style is inspired by Greek classicism and celebrates purity of line and restrained elegance. With a painted finish its elegance is retained within a lighter and more casual mood. A timeless, refined and sophisticated look that is still very relaxed and inviting.


Casual Cherry wood

This is the classical French provincial dining setting; cherry wood has a rich softness about it. The Cherry wood has a warm colour and an elegant figure, which is traditionally associated with the French provincial style. Depending on the style of the table, the chairs and fabrics, it can have more of a “country” feel or a semi-formal and sophisticated quality.Extending cherrywood dining table

Semi-formal Cherry wood

No other style seems to combine elegance and a casual feel like a Cherry wood Louis table and chairs. The carved cabriole leg and the scalloped apron can be either plain or with carved motifs. The top is usually decorated with a parquetry pattern or a framed border. The type of fabric on the chairs and possibly a rug underneath it is what gives this style a heightened formal elegance.


French dining finishes


Rustic and Farmhouse

The French provincial rustic style is characterised by tables with a thick top, antique finish,  and sometimes made of Oak. These tables can be either pedestal refectory tables, or made with thicker cabriole legs. The rustic table invites a very relaxed and informal quality to the dining experience. On the other hand a traditional farmhouse table has tapered legs and while still exuding a country feel it has a more refined look and feel, this style of table also looks great in a modern setting due to its stylised simplicity.

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.