French bedroom ideas: 18 beautifully romantic looks

We've rounded up our fave swoon-worthy French bedroom ideas that capture the elegance of a grand château or Parisian apartment

French bedroom ideas

Looking for some gorgeous French bedroom ideas? Well, you are in the right place because we agree that if there’s any room in the home that deserves a touch of elegance and whimsy, 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 in key bedroom furniture pieces.

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Set the tone with a statement French 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, vintage wallpapers and draped window treatments really come into their own in French bedrooms. Finish by layering plenty of pretty textiles such as ditsy florals or silky satins, not forgetting that all-important chandelier to add sparkle.

Designing a bedroom from scratch? Be sure to go and have a read of our ultimate guide to planning your bedroom design, to make sure you get the key things right first. 

1. Create a refined look with a patterned wallpaper

For a simple, more modern looking French bedroom idea, go for a pale, light and airy colour palette. Combine toile prints and soft hued 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.

For more bedroom wallpaper ideas have a read through our feature. 

French-style bedroom with floral bed linen and antique style wallpaper

2. Choose an antique French bed with an ornate headboard

A show-stopping antique French bed with a floral needlepoint headboard adds a pretty vintage touch to this rustic attic bedroom. Why not pinch this French bedroom idea try piling up old suitcases for an easy alternative bedside table. 

Find more pretty headboards in our round-up. We also have included lots of lovely traditional bed side tables in our round up of the best bedside tables for every budget

French-style bedroom with light pink wall and suitcase bed side table


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.

Be inspired by these white bedroom design ideas. If you want to venture away from the all-white colour scheme, there are plenty more inspirational ideas over in our guide to choosing paint for period homes

All white, French-style bedroom with gold accents and fireplace

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.

Love this French bedroom idea? Take a peek at the rest of this beautiful country farmhouse renovation

French-style bedroom with coronet and 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.

If you have a bedroom as small as the one below, you are probably going to want to check out our small bedroom decorating ideas

Small French-style bedroom with ornate wallpaper


6. Choose a rustic bed for an authentic feel

Even in city homes, you'll find rustic-style French furniture to give it that authentic taste. This 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 in a French bedroom

7. Trawl eBay for cheap French furniture

After cheap French furniture? eBay is your go-to. Make use of the 'save your search' tool; that way, you will be alerted every time new products that come under that category are added to the site. 

Head over to our eBay deals page for more tips on how to bag a chic but cheap French furniture bargain. And learn how to paint wooden furniture to give yours an update.

French style bedroom with blue curtains and french bed

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.

Have look through these bedlinen ideas for more inspiration. 

Simple french style room with floral bedding and french bed

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 this French Bedroom. Try Farrow & Ball Cinder Rose for a similar antique shade of pink. 

If you are lucky enough to have been blessed with wall panelling in your home, or maybe you want to build them in, check out these wall panelling design ideas. And if you are as obsessed with pink interiors as we are, have a read through these pink decorating ideas too. 

Elegant panelled French bedroom painted in Parlour Rose from Fired Earth

10. Choose a velvet French 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. Add a gold chandelier to complete this opulent French bedroom idea. 

After a luxurious velvet sofa to match? Have a read of our round up of the best velvet sofas

Pink velvet bed in a French bedroom with gold chandelier

11. Create a cosy atmosphere with muted colours

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

Love this soft colour? Don't miss our pastel decorating schemes for more inspiration.

Pink bedroom with floral headboard in a French bedroom

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 French inspired bedroom.

Cream french-style bedroom with wooden flooring


13. Accent a French bedroom with a floral headboard

Looking for a quick and easy French bedroom idea? 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.

French style bedroom with floral headboard and striped sheets

14. Create a dramatic boudoir with dark colours

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

If you love dark and dramatic interiors, be sure to check out our gallery of decorating ideas for more inspiration. 

French bedroom with dark painted walls and purple bedding

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.

Read about restoring timber beams in our guide. 

Blue French bedroom with painted beams and french bed with coronet


16. Make a focal point in a small bedroom with a coronet

Make the French chic look work in a small bedroom by laying up lots of similar prints. This creates a really cosy look, just top it up with a gorgeous bed canopy.  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.

French-style bedroom with coronet in a floral fabric


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 French bedroom.

You can easily give your existing furniture a French country feel with paint, to learn how have a read of our guide to creating a French country style paint effect.

Elegant bedroom with french style furniture


18. Go for grandeur in a French Bedroom

Bespoke storage, smart use of furniture, mirrored surfaces and a light palette are all devices used here to maximise the feeling of space, while co-ordinating fabrics and colours bind spaces together. Panelled wardrobes were made by Lander & Lander and painted in Little Greene’s China Clay to link seamlessly with the walls. The bed frame came from Montpellier Mews Antique Market and has been covered in a classic stripe from Ralph Lauren. The windows are framed by curtains in a toile de Jouy fabric. For similar, try Provence Toile de Jouy from F&P Interiors

Elegant French bedroom in Georgian home


(Image: © Malcolm Menzies)

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