How to Design a Master Bedroom Suite in the French Style.
Design a French style master bedroom suite in a Colonial style home? Convention would dictate a New England style interior if you’re renovating a New England Style home, or perhaps today’s mid-century modern look with it’s rooms stripped of detail.
On the other hand, “Why not French?” So many clients tell us, “We love to travel!” We’re shown pictures of the hotel suite they stayed in during their last visit to Paris. We listen to their stories. We hear them sigh… (Sally and I have been there. We understand.) Yet, there’s nothing in their home that offers up a clue as to how much food for their souls that experience was.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE: THE PLAN
What better place to recreate Paris’s soul enriching experience but in the master bedroom suite? A nurturing environment that supports wellness should start the moment you wake and be with you until the moment you fall asleep.
THE BEDROOM: GET THE BONES RIGHT
You have to get the architecture right. Otherwise, you will end up with furniture in a room. Let’s start with a soft warm paint scheme and great hardware. We are huge fans of Belgian manufacturer Van Cronenburg.
Add an antique fireplace mantel at the foot of the bed. (Alternatively, Francois & Co. or Mantels Direct make beautiful new mantels.) The fireplace is a quintessential element of any French style bedroom or living room.
Finally, a Neoclassical cornice or crown moulding at the ceiling. To learn more about creating French Style moulding, you can read our recent blog post on the subject.
THE BATHROOM: IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS.
While you may not have a view of the Eiffel Tower from your bedroom or bathroom window, make sure your bathroom has a tub with a view.
Hate walking into a bathroom with cold tile floor? How about a heated marble slab floor and a steam shower. Perhaps slab marble is tad dear? May I suggest Porcelanosa’s Xtone porcelain slabs to achieve that monlothic look.
Or custom printed wallpaper by Zoe Design.
Add a Louis XVI vanity. Be careful when considering an antique, due to the high moisture content of a bathroom. You may want to consider a reproduction or custom piece instead.
Dress up the vanity and tub with eye catching fixtures.
Stir gently – et Voila!
To learn more about designing a French/Paris inspired bathroom, you can read our self critique of a bathroom we designed for DXV,
A French Style Master Bedroom Suite: Take aways:
Consolidating everything into two style boards…
The Master Bedroom.
- Warm paint colors. (Alternatively, chinoiserie or scenic wall paper.)
- Great hardware.
- Period French (Not English) fireplace if there’s room.
- French Neoclassical crown moulding and trim.
The Master Bath
- Room with a view, preferably for the tub…
- Free standing tub and beautiful marble.
- Steam shower.
- Period style vanity.
- Jewel-like faucetry.
- Combine warm paint colors with chinoiserie or scenic wall paper.
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