5 Bedroom Styling Tips to Recreate French Décor

The French do everything well, from perfect pastries to poets, painters, monuments and food; it’s as though France invented sophistication. Naturally then, the artisanal prowess of the French extends to décor also, with thanks to an effortlessness characterized in their distinctive interior design.

What is French Décor?

5 Bedroom Styling Tips to Recreate French Décor

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The best thing about French décor, which makes it so easy to replicate, is the fact it’s primarily comprised of a ‘mix and match’ of styles and fabrics that are tied together by a simple colour palette.

Regal pieces of furniture are juxtaposed by raw, rustic environments made from natural materials like wood, cotton and silk. Rather than creating an uncomfortable clash, the contrast is drawn together with a warm matching colour palette that reflects the natural materials used, such as soft browns, beige, cream, sand, grey and golds for a touch of opulence.

But what elements create these wonderful interiors, and how can you recreate French décor to bring a touch of je ne sais quoi to your own bedroom?

Recreate French Décor in Your Bedroom in 5 Steps: 

1. A Headboard Fit for a King

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When it comes to recreating French décor in the boudoir, the main thing to remember is to make your bed the centrepiece. Ensure your bed is as large as possible and overflowing with throw pillows, decorated with a sumptuous blanket and most importantly adorned with bed sheets made from lightweight, natural materials; linen is a good option here.

Next, to top off the look, enhance your resting place with a majestic upholstered headboard. To really recreate French décor, choose a headboard that’s made from crushed velvet, and embellished with deep buttons and a metallic framing.  

2. Champion Natural Materials 

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One of the ways that French décor manages to use regal furniture and style without feeling pompous, is by contrasting these piece with rustic features – generally by using natural materials.

You could achieve this in your own bedroom by having a feature wall of exposed brick (which is currently a popular industrial interior design feature); uncovering wood beams in the ceiling (obviously subject to the structural composition of your property); unmasking your original wooden floorboards or adding a large, distressed-style wooden chest of drawers.

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If you’re looking to recreate French décor with your bedroom on a budget, DIY furniture distressing is an easy, fun and crafty way to complete your project with minimal financial trauma.

Tip: try a little decoupage for real rustic, chic appeal.

3. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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Make sure that it’s not too small. The mirror in your bedroom should be an opportunity to tie together an interior design theme, and French décor is no exception. Ensure the one that you choose to recreate French décor shows abundant grandeur.

There are lots of mirrors out there that reflect French décor (see what we did there), but the features you should be on the lookout for are: large (it should both wide and tall) and embellished with a decadent frame; (a gold, distressed frame would be an optimal choice - they’re relatively easy to come by).

Now that you’re the proud owner of this regal mirror, how can you juxtapose its grandeur to suit your interior design theme? Easy, rather than have it mounted, simply prop it up against a wall for chic, nonchalant finish.

4. Large Patterned Rug 

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Now that you’ve exposed your natural, wooden floorboards it’s time to cover them back up again! Well, slightly. In the winter months when your feet hit the deck on a frosty, dark morning, wooden floorboards can be a little unpleasant. This is easily counteracted by investing a rug for the high traffic areas of your bedroom – this could be next to your bed, under your dressing table or simply in the largest empty space in the room.

Much like your mirror, however, this functional item shouldn’t be committed solely to the utilitarian pile of home accessory items – they work as decorative items also. To recreate French décor, pick a rug that’s large, has a vivid pattern with lots of colours, is thin and almost looks a little worn; framing tassels are also a good idea.

A rug that looks like it’s been left over from the Tudor era will work a treat!

5. Chandelier 

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The crowning jewel in the completion of your recreation of French style is to the top the room off with a decadent chandelier; the larger, more flamboyant and gaudy you can find, the better.

An antique or vintage French chandelier will fit the theme perfectly – older, in this case, is obviously better. The aim in this instance is to make the chandelier look like an original, as though it’s been around since the days of Marie Antoinette.

Final Touches! 

With these five features, you’ll be well on your way to successfully recreate French décor, as they’ll forge a firm building block. If, however, you’d like to go the whole hog and continue adding to the interior design theme there are a few more things to bear in mind:

Fabrics: Only choose natural or opulent fabrics like velvet, crushed velvet, silk and high-thread count cotton.

Colours: While sticking to the colour palette outlined above ensure to add in a few warm metallics like gold, bronze or stained silver. You can do this by swapping out plastic handles on furniture for stained metal ones.

Deep buttons: Nothing says old-fashioned wealth like deep-buttoned furniture; whether it’s a headboard, dressing table chair, foot stall or lounger, guarantee that deep buttons are in there somewhere.

Have you used any of these tips? Please share your thoughts on the comments below.

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