How to: French Provincial bathroom with tessellated tiles

The French Provincial style, with its lavish, ornate details and simple colour palettes pair beautifully with the charm and elegance of a tessellated floor. In this article, we'll look at how the warmth and inviting nature of a French Provincial style bathroom can be amplified through the use of tessellated tiles.

What is French Provincial?

Evocative of country France, the French Provincial style is as distinctive as it is beautiful; it engenders a sense of country living, and is a fine representation of the harmony that can be found by combining decorative, luxury stylistic accents with natural simplicity. Colours are earthy and calm, and typically stand on the shoulders of strong white/cream foundational colour palette. Fine details are found peppered throughout a French Provincial space, from highly ornate emboriodered elements to richly textured linens. 

Ornate and Classic

French Provincial exudes a sense of luxury and sophistication (which is an interesting juxtaposition to it's humble, agricultural origins). It hardly surprising therefore that the French Provincial aesthetic complements the charm of a tessellated tile floor, the latter possessing an inherent elegance that pairs beautifully with decorative elements of the country style.

Tessellated tiles with cast iron bathtub
Tessellated and Encaustics: Include encaustics with traditional motifs.


White Subway tiles in French Provincial bathroomVintage, old style bathtub faucet

Natural Aesthetic

Materials in French Provincial spaces are raw, and analogous to those one would find in a rural farmstead. Wood, porcelain, ceramic and linens are preferred over plastic, glossy materials. Fully vitrified porcelain tessellated tiles, that feature a natural, matte finish are your ideal choice over tessellated tiles that have a glossy, shiny finish. 

Monochrome tessellated tiles with French Provincial cabinet

Above, we see the beautiful floral accents of an old-style armoire sitting atop a monochromatic tessellated tile floor. Notice how well the ornamentation in the armoire's leg complements the motif in the encaustic feature piece on the floor.


Soft Colour Palette

French Provincial is warm; whites and creams form a strong, muted foundational colour palette, and act as the bedrock for other landscape colors such a blues and greens. A beautifully executed French Provincial room coaxes the inhabitant into an atmosphere that is bright, airy, light, inviting and homey. 

French Provincial bathroom with tessellated tile floor

Textiles and other accents

Reflective of an era in which many French women took to embroidering and needlework, furniture is highly ornamented and features traditional patterns and motifs. Scenes that reflected farm life were common themes, as were country landscapes and floral elements.

French Provincial stool sitting atop a tessellated tile floor

Elements such as body and hand towels can be finely textured or plain.

French Provincial towels in tessellated bathrooms

Want help achieving a French Provincial look in your own home? Not sure where to start? Reach out to one of our design experts to help you today.