The Paintbox Blanket



Want to feel within a passionate setting, made to sigh? Then decorate your home in Provencal style. The Provencal décor makes reference to the bucolic and charming Provence, a region in southeastern France known for its vast and fragrant lavender fields. The decoration carries all the romanticism and simplicity of the country life of the place, today we will teach you about this decoration and even give you the pattern of a beautiful Paintbox Blanket to help you decorate.

But beyond that, the Provencal décor is a mix of textures and harmonized colors to create a soft, delicate and almost always very romantic atmosphere. This decor includes the use of neutral colors and pastel colors, rustic and worn furniture, floral prints and other elements that lead us sometimes to a more rustic style, sometimes to a more sophisticated style, leaving the room very beautiful.



And it all has a why. The history of Provencal decoration began around the 16th century, when French peasants came to desire a decoration similar to that of nobles and kings. Only they had no resources for that. So the way was improvising.

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Free Pattern Available: The Paintbox Blanket

The artisans began to reproduce the style of furniture, but they did so with low quality and completely uneven wood. As a result, the furniture presented many imperfections and, in an attempt to improve the appearance of the furniture, they invented a coating technique known as gessocré that served to cover the holes and other imperfections of wood. But the coating was not very sturdy and worn over time, creating a rustic effect on the furniture that gave it a special touch.

Interestingly and unimaginably, they had just created the patina. A technique that became known worldwide and was used as one of the main references to the Provencal style. Because of this (at the time) unsuccessful attempt to imitate royal decor, French peasants have innovated by creating a unique and highly prized style these days that many love.

The romantic and bucolic style of the Provencal decoration makes many believe that this decoration is typically feminine. But they are wrong. Provencal decor does have more feminine features, such as the use of flowers and shades of pink, but it need not be limited to that. On the contrary. The Provencal style can be given a more neutral touch and can be incorporated into a modern décor. By the way, this is exactly what has been happening in today’s Provencal decor: combining the rustic and old with the new and sophisticated, a beautiful mix.

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