For the ultimate in elegant style, be inspired by classic French boudoirs. If you’re a fan of shabby chic, you’re sure to love this pretty, polished update on French-inspired style. Here’s how to get a chateau-worthy look in your space.
Eighteenth-century French chateaux boasted extravagantly carved beds with deep buttoned upholstery. Update the look for now with a more streamlined shape in an on-trend fabric such as velvet or linen. Tall headboards with a wraparound shape or scroll back give that sense of being cosseted and create a striking vintage-modern look. Our Ellis has a more pared-down feel and looks wonderful with a matching storage chest, which can also be used for dressing, reading and lounging on.
For a romantic yet contemporary French bedroom look, strip back the colour palette; this instantly makes vintage-style furniture look more modern and sophisticated. Take your cue from the powder-soft colours found in 18th-century French interiors: oyster beige, dove grey, ice blue and the barest of blush pinks. Create warmth with textured rugs, plush fabrics and delicate voile drapes at the windows.
Steer clear of prints for this look and choose clean white bedlinen, which allows an ornate bed frame to shine and complements a neutral colour scheme. Introduce subtle details with hemstitch, embroidery or broderie anglaise trims, which give a pretty, rustic French farmhouse feel. Add plump eiderdowns and cushions in satin, silk, or beaded finishes for that extra touch of chateau-inspired luxury.
No French boudoir would be complete without a chandelier. There are lots of styles to choose from to complement your look: a ‘basket’ light, with multiple strings of crystals on a gilt frame, is feminine and elegant; a painted metal ‘shabby chic’ design creates a lovely faded rustic feel; and a crystal candelabra-style light creates a bold statement. Why not consider matching wall lights, too, for a softer nighttime glow?
Practical and pretty, these antique-style herringbone wooden floors are the perfect complement to a French-inspired interior. There are plenty of ways to get the look, whether you go for reclaimed solid wood boards, a modern engineered version (where a surface veneer is bonded to layers of plywood, often considered more stable and durable than solid wood), or one of the increasingly stylish wood-effect vinyls and laminates available. You could also update existing floorboards with floor paint: pale grey and cream shades look great with this look. Just add a deep-pile rug from the Dreams collection for comfort.