How to Design a French Bedroom – Part 2

October 16, 2015
Here are some more tips on designing a bedroom in the French style, as I mentioned in the last blog story ( The French style is more of an approach than a formula, so I will try to look a what are the small elements that bring it all together.

Ornate curtain back
Here, a vintage French curtain back with its lovely baroque scrolls and antique gilded patina acts as a great focus to the room. Decorating is very much about contrasts: here the simple and white sheer curtain contrasts with the elaborate holdback. This contrast creates a dynamic quality that draws our attention…
Chest of drawers and painting
Both the crossbow chest of drawers and the flowers in the fields are undulating; a merry dance of shapes and colours. Even the little ballerina figure seems to be joining in…
Bedroom salon chair
A Louis style salon chair will always bring a French touch to a bedroom, here upholstered in a soft off white damask. The Louis scalloped and curved shapes, reminiscent of human curves, bring an inviting and friendly quality.
Small elements like a tieback, a chair in a corner, or a few nice books scattered on a bedside table can make a big difference. Also, very importantly, what is hung on the walls completes the bedroom decor.
A picture speaks a thousand words, and even just a print of a French impressionist can open a window into that wonderful landscape of the south of France. They can also bring colour and tie the other decorating elements together.
Wall art is very personal, and so is a bedroom, so choosing art that we can really relate to is very important.

I hope all this helps my readers enjoy the French style and decorating projects. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy decorating….
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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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