French provincial bedroom furniture & decorating ideas:
7 authentic examples from France.
On this page:
Within shouting distance (almost) of the English coast, country French bedroom decorating in Normandy can look a lot like English cottage style.
Tiny, ancient half-timbered houses make a wonderful backdrop for floral quilts and plump cushions in simple, sweet colors and patterns.
However, you don't need a historic building for French bedroom decorating.
The room to the left (also in Normandy) could have been built last week - it still has a lot of French flair.
This is not because of the toile bedspread.
Neither is it because of the red, blue & white "French" color scheme, nicely muted to cotto red and grayish blue ...
... and definitely not for the simple, contemporary bedstead (which would go well with any 'nautical' style, French or otherwise).
The room 'looks French' because of the two Directoire-inspired armchairs. If you replaced these two pieces of French provincial bedroom furniture with, say, Windsor chairs, the room would lose most of its Gallic flair, despite the toile.
Our next two examples are from the Île-de-France, the region around Paris. First, let's look at French provincial bedroom furniture with a bit of bourgeois attitude:
The floor, in elegant parquet de Versailles, sets the scene for this room.
The mirror (on the marble tabletop in the foreground) has an antique, Louis XV feel about it.
The distressed chair and the two engravings in gilt frames above the bed add another layer of 'history' to the room.
The chest at the foot of the bed may or may not be French, but it lends some much-needed visual substance to the contemporary bedstead.
It also balances the two bedside tables, which contribute a quirky element - they don't match (one is higher), but the twin bedside lamps make up for it ;-)
To show off the antique(-looking) French provincial bedroom furniture, the bedding is kept informal and nonchalantly plain. I think the room is a very successful mix of elements:
Compare that to our next country French bedroom, from the same region:
This room is much more down-to-earth and rural in style than the previous one:
Raw sandstone walls, simple floor tiles, basic beds and simple window treatments.
But can anyone doubt the attitude behind those velvet-and-silk bed spreads in regal jewel colors? That's what I call panache.
There's no denying it, the French have it in spades ;-)
This sweetly pink "garden" bedroom in the Pays-de-la-Loire is not far from the French west coast.
In contrast to other European cultures and the USA, the French really have no hangups about using the color pink.
Not even the men! They somehow don't seem to find this color girly or effeminate. (So no, this isn't a lady's French bedroom!)
Apart from the unabashed use of pink, here's a list of the other items that make this a "French country" bedroom:
Compare to that the following, much cooler country French bedroom on the Atlantic coast:
To me, this is French provincial bedroom decorating at its best.
The last French provincial bedroom example on this page has a sparse, 'zen' feel similar to the above, but it uses a much warmer color scheme:
Of all the French provincial bedrooms on this page, this last one is my favorite. It uses plenty of French country decorating ideas, but it defies the frilly, toile-heavy stereotype that is often misunderstood as 'authentic' French style.
And there's more ... if you're interested in contemporary French provincial bedroom furniture and decorating ideas, come along and have a look at some amazing Provençal bedrooms!
The country French bedrooms on this page prove that you can create a lot of "Frenchness" without much - or any - French provincial bedroom furniture.
However, having a nice armoire, or an antique French chest of drawers, or a dressing table with a mirror, will always make it easier to achieve a recognizably French country bedroom look in your home. So where would you find the right French provincial bedroom furniture for your purposes?
a) For reproduction pieces, try these:
b) For antique country French bedroom furniture, or a mix of old and new elements, try
Alternatively, get lucky and find exactly what you're looking for on ebay:
Return from French Provincial Bedroom Furniture to Bedroom Interior Design Ideas.
Return from French Provincial Bedroom Furniture to the Dream Home Decorating homepage.