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 which 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 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

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

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.

Photo: Sara Essex

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

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

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.

Photo: Jody Stewart

6. Gallic grandeur

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

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

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 from The French Bedroom Company.

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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.

elegant panelled bedroom painted in Parlour Rose from Fired Earth

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

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

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.

Photo: Colin Poole

13. Floral display

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. 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.

Photo: Ton Bouwer/Coco Features

16. Floral fancy

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. 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.

Photo: Brent Darby