"Design your own French provincial bedroom: Shopping resources, ideas and pictures of real country French bedrooms."
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It doesn't have to be antique - even French country reproduction furniture can make a French provincial bedroom look "authentic" - even if your toile fabric was printed somewhere in Asia and none of the contents of your 'country French' bedroom have ever touched French soil.
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:
Our first French bedroom decorating example (above) is located in Haut Languedoc (to the west of Provence, an hour's drive inland from the Mediterranean coast). This is a very simple, sparse country French bedroom, typical of the the mountain villages in this part of France.
Many stone houses of Provence and Languedoc are hundreds of years old, and bedrooms just have a simple wooden platform bed or an iron bedstead (pictured further down).
The white bedcover is a matelassé weave, made to look like the quilted boutis coverlets from Provence.
The photo left shows the same bedroom from a different angle. A rough-hewn stone washbasin was inserted into the wall when the house got running water. (There's only one tap - cold ! ) [More about French country bathrooms here].
When you compare the rush-seated chair and simple table under the window to the furniture in the painting below ...
... it seems that French bedroom design in the South of France hasn't changed that much since Vincent van Gogh painted his own bedroom in 1888 (with a bit of added color).
Apart from the bed, the only other pieces of French provincial bedroom furniture are the large oak chest and built-in shelving.
(The piece of fabric in the foreground is a hammock strung between the rafters and the doorframe.)
This may look austere, but the reality is that life in the Mediterranean parts of France takes place outdoors. Have your dinner on a terrace shaded by roses, looking out over lavender fields and pasture - and you won't mind sparse interiors that much.
On the other hand, there are more French provincial bedroom styles than the antique version above. For example these fun, contemporary Provençal bedroom designs. (Check them out, or continue your current trip around France to our next stop, Burgundy!)
Burgundy, in eastern France, extends all the way to the Swiss border. It is known for its stunning medieval villages, ancient Romanesque churches and abbeys, and it is also a place of pilgrimage for food & wine aficionados.
This attic bedroom is furnished quite simply, but it's the details that make it so charming, and they're easy to copy (well, apart from the warped old beams):
For the next country French bedroom, we'll stay on the eastern side of France but move 300 miles further north, to the green forests and rolling hills of the Ardennes mountains.
This country French bedroom (the last one on this page) is the epitome of traditionalist French country decorating.
Filled with French country reproduction furniture, this bedroom has it all:
The warm color scheme gives the room a wonderfully cosy, 'country' feel, even though the furniture would be equally at home in an elegant aristocratic retreat anywhere in France.