French Bedroom Design:
Ideas & Inspiration For A Country French Bedroom
French bedroom design made easy:
Learn from of French designer bedrooms, and ...
... understand the
ground rules of French bedroom decorating:
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1. Which Style?
To help you decide which French bedroom design style works best for you, check out these
examples of country French bedrooms in France - including a number of
French designer bedrooms:
Out of all French bedroom design options, most people choose a
look - which, in turn, comes in many different styles.
Which look would YOU choose for decorating a French country bedroom?
white iron bed
- or a black one -
with exquisite scrollwork, covered in a white
Matelassé Bedspread? A regal
hung with white tulle, or with elegant
toile ? Distressed
Rococo furniture in antique white? An ornate
XV bed, plus armoire and gilt mirrors, plus silk and velvet in deep jewel colors? Fabulously elegant
French country curtains?
Any kind of French inspired bedroom look, as long as it's somehow convincing and feels right?
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2. Big Decisions First!
Start your French bedroom design with the big-ticket items: the
you going to buy ...
French country bed? an
armoire? a large mirror?
a vanity dresser?
any other large-scale/expensive decorating item(s)?
flooring, or a new carpet/rug? (French bedroom design often includes terracotta tile flooring.)
Starting your decorating project with the most expensive, biggest, most highly visible items
will help you to
focus your decorating vision,
save time when you're looking for wall colors and fabrics
(these minor items are much easier to find than a bed that goes with your wallpaper)
save money - when you're clear which part of your French bedroom design
is the most important, it's easier to go 'cheap' on the less important items.
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3. Getting The Mix Right
Make one piece the STAR. Show it off against a plain backdrop:
a fine gilt chair against
monochrome walls, and elegant iron beds dressed in crisp, white matelassé.
Obviously, you could just buy a French provincial bedroom
set, and you'd be done.
But there's a drawback - it's not easy to
produce a 'French' feel that way.
Country French interior design has a creative, very individual edge (at least in France).
So try and avoid the matchy-matchy, 'right-out-of-the-catalog' look as much as you can.
Combine unexpected pieces,
find beauty in strange places, and add a personal touch to your French bedroom design.
In other words,
don't match ! Instead, all of the furniture
combine an antique armoire with a seriously unglamorous, modern platform bed (
sans headboard or footboard); hang fine curtains from a superbly elegant bead crown, down around the head of the aforesaid
plain platform bed;
use shelving for storage & hide it behind a gorgeous antique silk curtain;
pair an exuberantly ornate Louis XV bed with white walls, white minimalist furniture, and
simple distressed-gold frames on the walls;
fine and shabby, artsy and
natural, new and old items - this is one
of the most important 'rules' of French bedroom decorating!
Once you've got the basics working,
stir in some personal, fun, unexpected items:
a collection of French things, like
paintings/photos/etchings/book jackets/maps/wine or food labels/fabric swatches - anything you can frame
or hang on the wall!
pottery or porcelain
antique items for everyday use
beautiful things above the lintel
For more ideas, consult the pages on
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4. Getting The Colors Right
French country colors include
earthy hues (like yellow umber, ocher, warm gray, soft peachy
pink, terracotta) pale
seaside colors (muted greens, blues, and a neutral palette
from stone to white)
red-blue-white combinations (but not the primary colors -
rather, go for grayed blues and terracotta or berry reds)
red-brown-white-gray combinations (very popular for French bedroom
design in the French Alps!) any combination of
neutrals, including natural sandstone colors,
with a few shots of vibrant, more saturate color the popular gray-white-blue of the
Gustavian style is not originally
French; it's been 'reimported' from Scandinavia (more about this
bedroom color scheme ideas, check out the pages on
Bedroom decorating colors and
Bedroom color schemes!
5. French Bedroom Design: Where To Buy It
a) For reproduction pieces, have a look at the following:
b) For antique country French bedroom furniture, or a mix of old and new elements, try
Garage and yard sales,
Antiques dealers, or
Alternatively, get lucky and find exactly what you're
looking for on ebay:
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