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 favorite among period homeowners, the romantic, French-inspired look is easy to achieve by introducing a few classic ideas and key 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. Alternatively paste up chintz, ornate papers or choose dark tones for a dramatic, feminine backdrop. Finish by layering plenty of pretty textiles such as ditsy florals or silky satins, not forgetting that all-important chandelier to add sparkle.
1. Refined romance
2. Romantic boho
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.
3. Simple style
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. Classic French country
5. Whimsical walls
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.
6. Gallic grandeur
7. Vintage chintz
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. Tranquil retreat
9. Pretty in pink
Panelled walls with raised bolection mouldings are painted in Parlour Rose by Fired Earth, creating a warming, pretty scheme in a renovated townhouse.
10. 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.
11. Dusky tones
12. Fit for a princess
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.
13. Floral display
14. Dramatic boudoir
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. Colourful and characterful
Try making a feature of characterful old walls by highlighting 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.
16. Floral fancy
17. Traditional elegance
Walls and distressed furniture in classic cream mix with chintz textiles to capture the essence of pretty vintage style in this master bedroom.