17 romantic French-style bedroom ideas

From a classic country sanctuary to a dramatic boudoir with a touch of eastern luxe, we round up our favourite swoon-worthy spaces that capture the elegance of a grand château or Parisian apartment

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If there’s any room in the home that deserves a touch of elegance and whimsy to wash away the stresses of the day, it’s the bedroom. A firm favourite among period homeowners, the romantic, French-inspired bedroom design is easy to achieve by following a few classic tips and investing into key bedroom furniture pieces.

Set the tone with a statement bed; choose a vintage-style frame with sinuous curves and lavish treatment such as gilding or deep-buttoned upholstery. For a light-filled, heavenly space opt for walls and floors in white, cream, or soft pastel shades. Ornate wallpapers and draped window treatments really come into their own in French-style bedrooms. Finish by layering plenty of pretty textiles such as ditsy florals or silky satins, not forgetting that all-important chandelier to add sparkle.

1. Create a refined look with a patterned wallpaper

Combine toile prints and wallpapers with bucolic scenes, such as the Babylon wallpaper design by Clarke & Clarke, with crisp white linen from Cologne & Cotton for a sophisticated romantic scheme.

2. Choose an antique bed with an ornate headboard

A show-stopping antique bed with a floral needlepoint headboard adds a pretty vintage touch to this rustic attic bedroom. Try piling up old suitcases for an alternative bedside table.

Photo: Sara Essex

3. Go for an all-white paint scheme 

Plain white walls allow the ornate antique mirrors and bed frame to shine through in this calming scheme set in a Georgian coastal home.

4. Create the classic French look with upholstery

A luxurious coronet, ornate dressing table and pretty drapes in Cameo Rose linen fabric by Kate Forman, give this farmhouse bedroom a quintessential French country feel.

5.  Decorate walls with a bold floral motif

In this French-style bedroom, walls papered with rolls of 19th-century American, hand block-printed wallpaper are balanced with an lace-edged antique bedspread in this pretty and immersive attic hideaway.

Photo: Jody Stewart

6. Choose a rustic bed for an authentic feel

Stand-out Lutece wallpaper in Prune by Manuel Canovas creates a magnificent backdrop for the elegant Margot king-size rattan bed from Loaf in this elegant, French-inspired bedroom.

Margot rattan bed from Loaf

7. Accessorise with drapes, lamps, and flowers

The inspiration for this elaborate bedroom came from a trip to Versailles. The Louis XVI-style bed was an Ebay purchase, showing this home’s lavish french-style interiors could be achieved affordably.

8. Layer patterned bedlinen for an eclectic look

Ditsy bedding layered with floral cushions and an eiderdown from Sarah Hardaker give this cool grey bedroom a feminine edge. Find a similar French bed at The French Bedroom Company.

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9. Go for a pink paint colour scheme 

Panelled walls with raised bolection mouldings are painted in Parlour Rose by Fired Earth, creating a warming, pretty scheme in a renovated townhouse. Try Afternoon Tea for a similar antique shade of pink. 

elegant panelled bedroom painted in Parlour Rose from Fired Earth

10. Choose a velvet bed for the ultimate luxury

Make a lavish statement with the Sacré Coeur Bed from The French Bedroom Company, complete with gold gilt frame and deep-buttoned pink velvet upholstery.

Sacré Coeur Bed from The French Bedroom Company

11. Create a cosy atmosphere with muted colours

Walls in Calamine by Farrow & Ball create a soothing feminine feel in this bedroom. The pretty headboard is upholstered in Printed Fabric by Jean Monro.

12. Work with rounded furniture shapes 

Elegant Louis XV chairs in soft pink and an elaborately carved bed from French Antique Warehouse contribute to a romantic, Gallic feel, while the rose garland adds a touch of whimsy in this girls bedroom.

Photo: Colin Poole

13. Accent with a floral headboard

Create a feminine focal point in a muted bedroom with a statement bed such as this Herald Superb design by Vispring, upholstered in Tournier Fushia/Linen fabric by Sanderson.

14. Create a dramatic boudoir with dark colours

For an alternative take on the romantic look, paint walls and ceilings in a dark shade, furnish with antique Japanese pieces and accessorise with flirtatious grasses and glistening metallics.

15. Make a feature of beams and old walls

Try making a feature of characterful old walls by highlighting timber beams in pretty pastel shades, as done here in this 17th century French bedroom. Finish with floral bedding in coordinating colours for a boho-Gustavian feel.

Photo: Ton Bouwer/Coco Features

16. Make a feature with a coronet

Bursting with feminine florals, this bedroom is papered in English Rose by Sanderson and is crowned with an elegant coronet made from Kate Forman’s Cameo Rose fabric.

Photo: Jody Stewart

17. Achieve traditional elegance with cream shades

Walls and distressed furniture in classic cream mix with chintz textiles to capture the essence of pretty vintage style in this master bedroom.

Photo: Brent Darby

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