How to Design a French Bedroom – Part 1

October 13, 2015

The bedroom is one of the most private and intimate rooms in our house. It is where we rest, are at our most vulnerable state and, hopefully if we desire it, this is where we feel nurtured and loved within an intimate relationship. Furthermore, the bedroom is where we start and finish our day. This is where as a child we were read stories, and it is the very place where we dream and entertain our most personal thoughts. So, it is little wonder that for many people the French style makes an ideal bedroom; even if one is only to bring some of its soft and romantic elements such as a chair, a few cushions or wall art.

Bedroom table near French windows
Views and light softened by embroidered sheers crowned by a carved and gilded pelmet. A little Louis console table in white with a gilded mirror and an orchid reflected in the mirror… a picture of restfulness and gentle beauty. Even the arabesque of the wrought iron seems to dance gently in this room.
Bedside table with lamp
As you can see, the sky blue in this French toile fabric contrasts beautifully with the yellow, bringing some sunshine and warmth to the room. A simple little round table, when covered with a tablecloth, adds a dressy and sensual element. A French vintage table lamp with crystals completes the romantic feel of the room.
Louis sleigh bed
This Louis sleigh bed is the quintessential French statement in a bedroom; here painted white with a yellow patterned fabric. Its shape encloses the bed with a curved embrace…what could be more inviting?
Window seat
Window seats are perfect for a little daydreaming…always a good start to the day!
What makes a bedroom French? 
The French style does not follow a formula, but how shall I say it… it is more of an intention. It is about bringing an emotionally aware and romantically inclined approach. It’s about a certain lightness of spirit and touch. It’s about being a bit quirky, bringing sensual elements and, above all, infusing it all with a sense of joy or as the French call it: “joie de vivre”. In other words, and as wikipedia defines it, “a cheerful enjoyment of life”. I like this translation….
So, I will be writing a few blog entries as an attempt to show how I try to infuse my interior design, particularly in bedroom design, with this sense of joyfulness.
Ultimately, isn’t that what our homes should bring to us all?
If you would like some help with your bedroom, feel free to contact me at Christophe Living.
Happy decorating and dreaming…
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– Jean-Christophe
Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.

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