Look! French Chic Bedroom

Look! French Chic Bedroom

Grace Shu
Apr 8, 2009

Just because you may be sleeping on a box spring and a mattress doesn't mean that your bedroom can't be sophisticated and chic. We absolutely love this bedroom featured in a past issue of Australia's Home Beautiful magazine that paid homage to classy yet casual French style. The best part? It's easy to recreate this look on a budget, giving your bedroom that elusive je ne sais quoi factor...

Pick a Simple Color Palette
The key factor to recreating this look is keeping the color palette simple: by limiting the colors, patterns become even more important and easier to mix and match. The beige and white neutrals create a simple but effective backdrop to the any dark shade, like black (shown here), navy, or maroon.

Hide the Box Spring
Camouflage the box mattress by either slipping a fitted sheet over the box mattress--since it's just for show, you don't have to worry about thread counts and focus on more on patterns (DwellStudio for Target, Porridge Home, Jonathan Adler, Marimekko...just to name a few of our favorites). Can't find the right bedsheet, but got some fabric (Ikea has some great options, like the Saralisa collection shown here)? Benita over at Chez Larsson offers her tips on how to create a simple bedskirt with not a ruffle in sight.

Take Advantage of Your Pillows
Add some visual interest to your bed by mixing a new pattern with your covered box spring. Stick to the color palette: If you've used a floral pattern for your box spring, consider using a strong, angular pattern for your pillows (like stripes, shown here).

The Unexpected Twist
French style is all about the accesories. If you look closely in the photo, the mirror propped up next to the bed shows a hint of a parasol light fixture, something we've seen before thanks to Beth's Flickr Find, the DIY Parasol Lamp. Another interesting twist? The heart-shaped fairy lights above the bed. Whether you love it or could do without, the best part about accessories is that it's interchangeable and easily updated without ruining the "look" of the space. We could see pretty much anything in that spot (a black and white photograph in a white frame, a canvas, a print...) that will complement this bedroom.

[ Photos from Home Beautiful ]

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