What is it about French style that we all love so much?
The chandeliers dripping with crystals and romance?
The painted furniture and gilded mirrors?
The dreamy vintage furniture &
Or maybe it is the different fabrics and patterns mingling in a room.
Whatever it is- it is a favorite look- and today it is all about 10 ideas for how to add
a bit of that charm to your bedroom.
#1. Toile Anything
Yes, this is the bathroom – and a way back bathroom photo!
But- that red toile fabric and wallpaper are perfect examples of using a toile fabric in a room.
One of my favorite ways to bring old world style French charm to a room.
Think bed coverings, pillows & curtains in classic colors of red, blue and even black toile
in the bedroom.
#2. Floral Ticking Fabrics
I am a huge fan of floral fabrics and ticking fabrics- and put the two together and it is a favorite look.
I love the floral ticking on this vintage settee- and love that there are several different layers of florals and tickings in the pillows that go with it as well.
You don’t have to have a piece of furniture upholstered in those dreamy fabrics- you can add that charming look with pillows, throws and bedding as well.
#3. A Crystal Covered Chandelier
Because a little bit of drama in design is a good thing.
A grand chandelier is always a go to in my book- and in the bedroom-it is a perfect piece to bring a romantic French style elegance. If you have peaked or tall ceilings – you can go with something larger for a bit more pizazz. See the rest of the Barn Bedroom here
#4. Add a little tuft
Tufted beds, chairs and benches are beautiful and they add texture and interest.
This bed is a reproduction but you can find vintage tufted beds second hand as well.
If you want a bit of tufting in a smaller amount- a bench or side chair with those lovely details will bring the look you are after.
#5. A Vintage Settee
The foot of the bed is a perfect spot for placing a beautiful bench or vintage settee.
I love the bit of gold this one has- which brings a more Parisian feeling to the room- but a cane settee, bench or even chairs with the look you love – are all lovely options.
And a second tip in this photo is the Aubusson pillow- floral needlepoint pillows are perfection in a French bedroom for the bed or on a chair.
#6. Vintage Silver Trophies for flowers
Use vintage silver pieces as decoration on the mantel, chest of drawers or shelf.
Vintage silver adds oodles of charm with that patina, the dainty details and if monogrammed- even more interest.
You don’t have to fill them with flowers – they are lovely on their own- but they are also perfect for holding a small bouquet of flowers as well.
#7. Vintage or Vintage style rug
A simple way to add a little bit of French Country and a bit of warmth underfoot.
I love vintage floral and Turkish rugs- and layering them in a room is another way to add ‘layers’ of charm. I rounded up some great sources for rugs in this post.
#8. Painted Furniture
I have a huge amount of love for beautiful painted furniture.
I don’t know what it is about something with dainty flowers, swirls and chippy paint- but it makes me a little weak in the knees every time.
Vintage painted furniture like these bedsadds a beautiful French country style charm- and you don’t need a ton of pieces – even a small nightstand or chest will bring that feeling to your room.
#9. Gilded Beauty
Gilded mirrors – in ornate grand styles and small dainty styles are so lovely.
Whether they are all gold like the one above- or just have a touch of gilding- mirrors are wonderful for making a space feel larger and bringing a lot of light into a room- and are perfect for adding French charm.
I once wallpapered our bedroom in a lilac floral vintage style wallpaper. It was such a pretty look and I loved how it enveloped the room in romantic style. Wallpaper is another perfect way to add that warmth and charm in a bedroom. With a floral ticking, an all over floral pattern or a landscape type mural.
Of course there are dozens of ways to add that charm and get the look- and these are just a few of them. Up next- we can delve into the different styles of French and European design and explore a few more ideas.
And as you can see- the blog is still a work in progress with the new look.
Soon… but not ready yet. Thanks for your patience while things are updated.