With original wood floors, high ceilings and massive windows that open up to the bustling Parisian streets below, this bedroom at Palais Royale in the 1er Arrondissement has same old-world charm, impeccable allure and curated style as the city itself. From the bed to the mirror, the linens and the chairs, here’s how to bring a little Parisian “je ne sais quoi” to your own bedroom at home.
The key to this sophisticated bedroom is that nothing feels cluttered or overpowering in the room. By going with an understated, metal frame, it gives the illusion of space, despite the actual size of the bed. For something with the same antiquated look, with a baseboard that gently hug the mattress, the Mendocino bed from Pottery Barn is affordable and accessible. A little more defined and elegant, the black metal and brass Tosca bed from Feather & Black has more presence and height, or try their Riley bed, for a pop of white and muted but still stylish frame.
If there is one thing the French take very seriously, it’s their fabrics. Whether it’s what they wear or how they cover their sofas, what they sleep on or the pillows they casually throw about, the quality, weave and variety of textiles are of paramount importance. So, when re-creating a French bedroom, one must seriously consider the bedding. Au Lit Fine Linens is a Canadian company whose mandate is quality. From their Egyptian cotton taupe sheets to their Unik quilted covers that add natural hues and a bit of texture, their linens are not only elegant, but also extremely comfortable. Alternatively, when trying to mimic Parisian style, why not go with a French company? Secret Maison offers a beautiful range of cotton, Belgian and French linen sheets and bedding that are sure to take your slumber to a new level of chic.
A touch of gold (or gilt) never hurt anyone, and that also applies here. A statement mirror not only helps decorate the wall, but also reflects light and creates the illusion of space. Mixing contemporary and vintage pieces is what is so appealing about the decor of this particular room, so scour those antique fairs and flea markets in search of that perfect gilded mirror. Or, check out The Chandelier and Mirror Company’s many options, that range from full-sized models that rest on the floor, to smaller mirrors that easily mount on the wall. Opt for clean lines and simplicity with this French Gilt style at Wisteria, or take an more opulent perspective with this hand carved Restoration Hardware model – The Louis Philippe Gilt Mirror – based on a mid-19th century French design.
In this bedroom, color and pattern and brought in through the two accent chairs and the curtains. This is where you can really go wild with fabric and color choice, as long as you stay within the general tones of the room. For something slightly eccentric, these Kantha Accent chairs from Furniture Row are fun, bright and certainly don’t lack personality. Or this Anthropologie chair with a bird motif adds just the right amount of pop with a little clin d’oeil to nature. For a piece with a flared silhouette evocative of the sixties, this Buffalo Check Kimball Chair – also from Anthropologie – with its brass legs and checkered print, will add an appealing, contemporary aspect to your bedroom. Finally a more bold floral print is always a welcome burst of freshness, like this this Ellis upholstered Pottery Barn armchair which has a slim shape ideal for tighter spaces.
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