The French Provincial architectural style is based on the principles of balance and symmetry. The original version of this style featured stately formal homes made of brick or stucco with windows and chimneys that were symmetrical and perfectly balanced. Defining features include a steep, high, hip roof, balcony and porch balustrades, rectangle shaped doors set in arched openings and double French windows with shutters. Tall second-story windows add to a sense of height and usually had a curved head that breaks through the cornice.
This style originated from rural manor homes or chateaus in the French provinces, built by the French nobles in the mid-1600s, during the reign of Louis XIV. The French Provincial design was revived in the 1920s when it was exported to the U.S.A. and Australia by soldiers returning from the 1st World War, who had seen the style and been impressed. The style was once again revived in the 1960s and is experiencing an explosion in Australia in current times. The style adapted in the U.S.A. and Australia is quite eclectic, with the pitched roof, balcony and arched openings over rectangle doors being the main features usually retained from the original style.
Builders use architectural decorative mouldings to help achieve the style and have found Melbourne supplier The Finishing Touch has a range of custom designed French Provincial decorative mouldings for parapets and windows that are of the highest quality. They also supply decorative mouldings for arches and columns. With a high demand for this architectural style in Melbourne, particularly from Chinese home purchasers, Builders rely upon the quick turnaround from quotation, expert installation and 7 year warranty supplied by The Finishing Touch.