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.
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:
the metal bedframe with scrolling detail (could also be black
the sculptural metal 'hatstand' in the hallway
the small painting on the wall above the bedhead - something I've seen in many country French bedrooms
the garden table and garden chairs - bringing
the outside in is a decorating & lifestyle trend that other Europeans have been picking
up from the French. Garden furniture is used in French
country kitchens, dining rooms, even living rooms - so of course, you can use it as French
provincial bedroom furniture as well.
Compare to that the following, much cooler country French bedroom on the Atlantic coast:
The impression of height in the room is enhanced by the elegant low wall
The bare walls would look austere if it weren't for the warm golden color
and texture of the natural stone.
The color scheme, limited to red, cream, and a warm brownish gray,
comes alive through an intelligent pattern mix -
toile, ticking and solid colors.
The star of the show is the bedspread, a stunning, geometric, large-scale
patchwork of co-ordinated colors and patterns.
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
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?
Even more ideas for your country French bedroom:
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