Infuse your bedroom with Parisian style with this step-by-step guide to French flair in your boudoir!
Paris is synonymous with style, not just in haute couture but also in interior design. Paris stands at the centre of history’s most sensational style movements, from the Renaissance to Rococo, Art Deco and beyond. There’s no doubt about it – Parisians define chic. Not only do French women not get fat, they champion elegance. Life. Is. Not. Fair. 😀
When it comes to decorating your boudoir, a French-inspired approach works well. Parisian style pivots on charismatic nostalgia and a touch of romance – just perfect for the bedroom. Parisian bedroom style effects a timeless glamour, drawing on its rich history of interior styles. And the inclusion of chic modern accents adds further nuances.
When we’re talking Parisian style, we’re talking less French Provincial, more Midnight in Paris. For us the term evokes a kind of alternate reality frequented by the Parisian glamour set, from the literati – the Scott Fitzgeralds (Gatsby), the Anais Nins, the Ernest Hemingways – to style icons like Coco Chanel, Bardot and Deneuve.
We’re appropriating Paris’s intrinsic style to instill our bedrooms with irresistible allure. Here you go – step by step. Prepare to swoon. It’s pretty dreamy. 😉
STEPS TO A PARISIAN STYLE BEDROOM
CHOOSING YOUR PALETTE
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Sure, you want it chic, but it should also be cosy and intimate. We’re for using blush as a neutral paired with greys and whites. Blush has warmth, greys have gravitas, and crisp to creamy whites add opulence and fresh looks.
Want to add a little edge? Opt for charcoal or deep navy or ebony as a base or accent. A dash of mauve adds a lovely lavish touch. Duck-egg is ace for that a-little-less-feminine look.
YOUR BED STYLE
BED LINEN IN THE FRENCH STYLE
French style has its eye firmly on the ornate. In the bedroom, this translates to cosy knits, sumptuous quilts and pillows aplenty. Search out design detail for a refined touch, whether it be ruffles, tassels, fringing, embroidered designs, or Art Deco motifs.
ACCENT IT WITH EXQUISITE LIGHTING
This look is not shy – a chandelier is pitch perfect for this style. Chandeliers create a focal point in your bedroom and add delightful sculptural interest to your ceiling space. Opt for an elaborate design in with intricate glass and metalwork for gorgeous flirty charm.
Prefer to play the contemporary card? Juxtapose your classical décor with an uber modern pendant light. Pendants with exposed bulbs and concrete fixtures add statement contrast to your soft furnishings. Play with different coloured cords for an unexpected pop of colour.
Alternatively geometric light designs realised in copper or gold colours accentuate your look and concur with Art Deco’s obsession with edgy shape.
FINISH IT WITH FINELY CRAFTED DÉCOR ACCENTS
When it comes to creating vignettes in your bedroom, again a nod to Art Deco works a treat. The Art Deco era adored spheres, rectangles, trapezoids, zigzags, chevrons, and sunburst motifs.
Side tables fashioned from metal in copper and gold hues are well met in this aesthetic, creating an effective contrast to the soft indulgence of your bed.
One last touch! Add a slipper chair to your room. This is simply an armless upholstered chair. Technically slipper chairs have shorter legs, but even an upholstered dining chair will work. As well as a place to sit, this doubles as extra storage and wardrobe space. (It’s great for when you’re trying to decide which outfit works best).
Then slumber to your heart’s content in your Parisian paradise. Sweet dreams were made of these… xxx