The French Country Bedroom
A Simple yet Elegant and Romantic Sanctuary
The aim of French Country bedroom decor is to create a sanctuary of simple elegance, comfort and luxury while keeping the room light, spacious and airy.
The French country bedroom, like any other country bedroom, is characterized by its simplicity. But the French, who love individuality, beauty and comfort, have their own way of interpreting simplicity. It may be simple in style but that doesn't mean it will be short on comfort and luxury. It is individual, open, light, airy, comfortable, harmonious, romantic and... simply beautiful.
French Country BeddingThe French Country bed has down pillows with sheets and pillow covers made from natural fibres like linen and hemp, which are not only comfortable but luxurious. Not only are natural fibres enviromentally friendly but they offer natural insulation, unlike their cousins made from synthetic man made fibres manufactured from oil-based chemicals. Linen, hemp and cotton bedding may be more expensive, but the price tag is definitely worth it.
Blankets, still more popular than duvets, are soft and snug. Beds are dressed in linen or cotton valances and sheets, topped with blankets, then finished with a pretty 'boutis' or quilt and soft cushions combined with a bolster.
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French Country Bedroom FurnitureIn days gone by the bed used to be symbolic, therefore the head and foot was fairly adorned and decorated. Today, the bed is still one of the most important pieces of furniture and although not as adorned as it used to be, it is still decorated to some extent.
French country beds are made of wood or iron, free standing with a spring base and have a head and a foot in some decorative style. It is also not unusual for the bed to have wooden or metal posts.
Other pieces found in the room will be an armoire, an occasional chair and a commode.
Bedroom furniture can either be painted in soft shades or lime washed for a softer effect.
StorageThe icon of a French Country Bedroom is the amoire. Door panels can also be softened with mirrors or filled with gathered fabric.
WallsWalls are mostly light in colour, finished in off-white or a soft whisper of gray, pink, yellow or blue. It is also quite acceptable for a bedroom to be wallpapered in soft patterns of flowers or lightly coloured stripes.
Window TreatmentsSimple in style, with no fussy drapes, swags and tails, but soft curtains falling to the floor in a generous puddle.
LightingAn elegant overhead chandelier or a couple of wall sconces, perhaps dressed in crystals or prisms to reflect light. Bedside lamps are also used for ambience.
FloorsUsually wooden boards, which could be painted or sealed, terracotta tiles or parquet flooring. If rugs are used they will preferably be sisal or made of a natural material.
Creating the Look
TipIf your lamp shades are plain or don't match, don't get rid of them...rather re-cover them in a pretty toile or just dress them up by adding beads, crystals or fringe trimming.
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