The Bedroom-a Perfect Place to Decorate in French Country
My favorite decorating style is what I call "French country shabby chic". I love the rich organic colors from the French influence and the old worn look of what we now call "shabby chic". One place that invites this type of relaxed yet elegant feel is the bedroom in our homes - the place where we are hopefully relaxing, unwinding and de-stressing at the end of a busy day. The wonderful thing about French country shabby chic is that this is one decorating style that can absolutely catapult you into a different atmosphere - almost like you are visiting a bed and breakfast or a night out at a fancy hotel. Some of my fondest vacations have been in bedrooms that featured this beautiful yet elegant style.
French Country Sheets and Bedspreads
One of the most important things in any bedroom are the linens and the bedspread (or duvet if you like to call it that) With French country shabby chic you can choose to use pure white for your bed cover then add some punches of color in other areas of the room. Or, to achieve the same comfort and color you can do the opposite - choose a rich colorful bedspread then decorate the rest of the room using some accents in white and colors from the spread throughout the rest of the bedroom. If you prefer that rich color feel you can even mix and match patterns (just be careful you don't overuse too many patterns - and you will achieve a really beautiful vibrant room)
When choosing sheets don't forget to check your thread pattern - good sheets are worth the extra cost. They may be more expensive but the feel of them against your skin is so worth it!!
Perfect for a shabby chic bedroom!
Comfy Pillows - Important!
I'm a big fan of pillows on my bed, just not too many though! Too many for me on the bed means they just get thrown around! If you like really lounging on your bed though I recommend at least 2-4 nice pillows with some color to add a little punch to your bed. Some bed sets come with 2 pillows but I usually like to add a couple comfortable throw pillows in addition to my sleeping pillows.
With French country you can do a mish-mash of textures, or be really chic with some tone on tone pillows in white or beige (light stripes work well too) As you can see from the photos above the homeowners added a variety of different colors, along with comfy pillows and pillows that you can sink your head into. Stiff pillows are...well...just useless to me! Pretty, elegant but comfortable is what I want when my head hits that bed!
French Country Shabby Chic Rugs
Wood floors, although stylish, can be a little cold on the feet. If you want to add a little warmth to your feet and cozy up the room you can add a full length room rug or a little throw rug in to add some color and texture. Area and throw rugs are always a good investment because you can move them around, take them with you if you move or even change them up in other rooms in your house (assuming they will match)
A red or blue French inspired rug can add a pop of color in a room
Drapes and Curtains
Drapes and curtains are another very important part of your bedroom décor, and depending on how much light you want to let in, you may want light "fluffy" very sheer and chic tab curtains or the heavier drapes with lining to block out light. Either way, there is a vast selection of drapes that will accent your French country shabby chic bedroom décor. I personally like a lot of light so I go for the light airy curtains myself. Although, drapes that darken CAN be nice when you want to sleep in! Some bed sets come with matching drapes that are available, but you can pretty much have a safe bet using white or beige in your color scheme for the windows.
Shabby Chic Lamps and Chandeliers
To achieve that truly shabby chic and comfortable feeling in your bedroom; choose some nice lamps for your room. If you 2 have 2 nightstands, matching lamps will work. A nice ceiling lamp with adjustable lighting will add nice ambiance to the room also, with the light playing off the different colors and tones. Brass works well but my favorites are whitewash with a touch of the "used" look (and BTW when decorating French country shabby chic your nightstands do not have to match, non-matching accessories are part of the charm of this decorating style) Your lamps also do not have to match but I prefer that mine do. Some symmetry and balance in the room is good.
Shabby Chic, French and Retro inspired lamp
Flea Markets and Garage Sales - Great Places to Find Furniture
I think one of the fun things about decorating with shabby chic French country style is the ability to mix and match different colors and textures of furniture. Some great pieces can be found at garage sales, thrift stores and on Amazon. I have a few collected pieces from all of the above -- and some of my favorites have been flea market finds. I like to mix wood tones and white pieces, the more distressed the better. If you find a piece of furniture that you like but it doesn't fit your color theme exactly - you can always buy it and paint it yourself. Use sandpaper to rub some of the edges of paint off after drying to give it that "shabby" look (my favorite look!!) Old trunks to hold blankets and pillows are good additions to your room (they make good seats too!) Wicker can be added in, along with some touches of even gold or sliver furniture to achieve that beautiful comfy mish-mash of styles.
Shabby Chic Furniture can be left "as is" or painted and distressed
Add some Artwork and Vases to Complete the Look
Last but not least to complete your bedroom would be to add some touches of art, vases and décor to your French country shabby chic bedroom. Some nice vintage artwork, scenes of flowers and landscapes in black or white or color. Flowers in vase groupings add lots of charm along with any other sentimental belongings you have scattered throughout the room, alone or in like groupings. Some of my favorite pieces are silver urns and candle holders that were given to me. Other favorites I found at garage sales. A few pieces are from my childhood, which fit in well with the old fashioned charming look.
I hope you have enjoyed my hub on French country shabby chic decorating in your bedroom. This style is one of a relaxed worn and cozy look. Gentle yet pleasing to the eyes. Rich but not overpowering, comfortable yet not stuffy. If you like this kind of environment in your bedroom consider mixing and matching pieces in your bedroom to make a cozy retreat that you will love coming home too! My french country rooms continue to develop and that's part of the fun of this type of decorating - you can change and add pieces without having to change the theme of your whole room.
(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher who writes on a variety of topics including home decorating,kids, health and topics of the day)
Shabby Chic Art can be bought or made
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on July 27, 2016:
Shabby Chic continues to be a favorite by decorators, even in 2016!
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 22, 2012:
@Suzzy) I agree!
Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on January 20, 2012:
I really do -it makes a room so nice,you just want to stay in it forever. I find using your own art projects makes a room more personal.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 20, 2012:
@suzzy) Hello my fellow artist friend! Thank you and yes, don't you just love this style?!
Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on January 20, 2012:
Wow -This hub is awesome. I just wrote a hub on shabby chic that you make your self but it so doesn't come close to this hub. I love the bedroom pictures. Very well done!
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 10, 2012:
@Cole) What a nice comment! Glad to be of help.
Coleakins on January 09, 2012:
When i went around town looking for a gothic bedside lamp, wine bedsheet to match my rug... I dnt knw there's a phrase for it. Thanx for educating me! Ur article and pixs are great! Keep up the good work. I'm ur biggest fan. Do keep me posted when u have new hubs n pixs. Thanx
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 02, 2012:
@Artzgirl) Thanks and I will!
Camaron Elliott from San Diego on January 02, 2012:
I'm needing more designer inspiration! Please let me know when you post some new hubs! I really like your pics!
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 02, 2012:
SUSANJK from Florida on January 02, 2012:
These are some really good ideas for bedrooms. Thanks
htodd from United States on August 06, 2011:
Wow ..Nice design
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on July 20, 2011:
@Lucky) Thanks and I can't wait to read more about your rooms and see the pics!!
fashion on July 16, 2011:
Very beautiful.I love all pics.Great posting.
Kathy from Independence, Kansas on July 15, 2011:
Dorsi...these all are beautiful. Great hub! We definitely share an appreciation and love for this delicate, feminine and fun style! I must do another which showcases all my own rooms in various places over the years...you'll love it! UP Beautiful Awesome Useful
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on June 29, 2011:
Thank you Serenity!
serenity4me from Illinois on June 24, 2011:
I love, love, love your style. Me too!
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on June 21, 2011:
@YW Som but I had a computer crash and lost the link now....did you try googling french country shabby chic under images?
som on June 21, 2011:
thank you for the awesome article. could you please give me the source for the last bedroom pic? i have been hunting on the net for the original article so that i can get more info about the fabrics, décor, etc. thanks.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on May 27, 2011:
@ArtzGirl) Glad you enjoyed the French Country Shabby Chic. I love those wall treatments too!
Camaron Elliott from San Diego on May 27, 2011:
Great hub! Thanks for posting all of the great pics! I really like the hand painted walls and some of the fabric selections! Thanks for the interior design inspiration!
CompuManic on April 17, 2011:
Cool post..Very good read.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on March 21, 2011:
Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on March 19, 2011:
These photos are really nice. Thanks for sharing.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on March 17, 2011:
Thank you Linda)
Linda Tadlock from Atlanta on March 15, 2011:
Love all the photos. Great decorating ideas. Rated up and beautiful.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 26, 2011:
@ed) TY. Combined with the shabby chic it is a great look.
ed77burns from USA on January 23, 2011:
That's great work.Bedroom with french touch in it.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 19, 2011:
@kkristene) Thanks for the comment and reading!
@Becky) Thanks. I love chandeliers too!!
Becky from Oklahoma on January 19, 2011:
I'm a big fan of Shabby Chic :) Pillows, rugs, distressed furniture and of course chandeliers. You did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Shabby Chic. Love the pictures too; many great ideas and suggestions. Thanks for an awesome Hub.
kkristene on January 16, 2011:
Nice pix posted in the hub, such a nice hub, Nice interior just like my backyard décor www.firepitsplus.com
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 11, 2011:
@Rismayanti) YW! and thanks for reading.
Rismayanti from Tropical Island on January 10, 2011:
nice decorating.. and great hub, giving an inspiration.,. thank you for share
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 10, 2011:
SJKSJK from delray beach, florida on January 09, 2011:
Thanks for the tips. I love the look and am getting ready to decorate my bedroom.
sharjil on January 09, 2011:
That's simply awsome
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 08, 2011:
@Kamran) YW and so you glad you enjoyed the French country shabby chic too!
Kamran100 on January 08, 2011:
wow..such a beautiful hub..i really like this decoration..rate up!
Double Glazing on January 07, 2011:
I love decorating each part of home.Basically,the combination of old and modern style looks elegant and refreshing.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 04, 2011:
@proscourcefloors1) YW and thanks for reading!
proscourcefloors1 from United States of America on January 04, 2011:
Beautiful materials and ideas for room décor. Thanks for sharing!
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 28, 2010:
@GmaGoldie) Thanks! I have some old pieces that I love but plan to paint them in some pottery type colors for my living room. I didn't spend much on them but they are favorites!
@sunnymarie) YW! Thanks for reading.
sunnymarie on December 28, 2010:
I love this hub too! Great ideas. Thanks for sharing
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on December 28, 2010:
Love this Hub! Any so many of the pieces too! You showcased how different shabby chic can be - it is not just painted white.
Very well done.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 26, 2010:
@katrinasui) Thanks. I just love the colors too.
@hello,hello) Thanks and nice to see you.
@Lucky Cats) Thanks and yes Victorian fits in well with the French country and shabby chic! They all work together well.
Kathy from Independence, Kansas on December 26, 2010:
These pictures are so lovely. Shabby Chic / country cottage / Victorian are my favorite themes. You've chosen beautiful examples of SC & French...which I love, too.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 26, 2010:
Very tasteful and beautiful.
katrinasui on December 26, 2010:
Wow! What a beautiful hub. Pictures are stunning. Color combination is very good.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 24, 2010:
kimho39) Thanks so much. Yes it's a GREAT combination!!
whitting) Thanks and oh yes, aren't those tone on tones beautiful!! I love the combination and that is actually a kids bedroom. Thanks for coming by.
whitton on December 23, 2010:
Great Hub and nice choice on pictures! 3rd one down on examples I love is my favorite!!
Kim Harris on December 23, 2010:
How cute is this?! I love it Dorsi. I like Shabby Chic, but I wouldn't have thought to put French Country with it. Thanks for the decorating ideas... and for a fun and interesting hub to read.