Create An Elegant French Bedroom Style

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It's easy for your room to become quickly overrun by novelty items and frilly décor. You want a theme that will represent your depth, your passion, and your timelessness. Luckily, you always have Paris. Like the city itself, Parisian themed bedrooms can embody an elegant sophistication and a classic sense of mystery. It's not all pink poodles and Eiffel towers; the Parisian theme can be manipulated to display your style with a nod and smile toward the city of lights.

What Paris Represents

A glowing symbol of romance, high fashion, and class, the capital of France has long-served as a site of pilgrimage for young artists and lovers. Although soaked in a history that is both brutal and poetic, Paris remains one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. With that in mind, it is easy to see why the Parisian theme is capable of embodying so many ideas and senses of style at once. Apart from the obvious literary, industrial, and architectural icons of Paris, the city really is rich with decoration inspiration. If you take a look at the city- it's history and it's current culture, you can find a few of the countless styles Parisian themes can represent. A few examples include:

  • 16th and 17th century aristocracy (think Marie Antoniette)
  • The bohemian lifestyle of the city's most notable artists and historical figures (think Toulouse Lautrec and Gertrude Stein)
  • The cradle of high-fashion influence (think Coco Chanel)

With these concepts alone, your Parisian theme can begin to take flight. Just keep in mind that theming your room is about representing your personality with style, so be sure to weave pieces of yourself into your design aesthetic.

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Taking Paris To The Furniture Store

Since so much of modern design and elegance is influenced by historical and current Parisian tradition, it isn't too difficult to incorporate bits of the Parisian theme into your bedroom furniture. This doesn't have to mean crowding your space with overly ornate pieces. In fact, one of the best ways to ensure that your theme exudes class is to only add touches of it throughout your design. So steer clear of that Eiffel tower shaped bunk bed, and think about pieces like:

  • Chaise lounges
  • Restored wood items
  • Classic vanity stations
  • Elegant mirrors

Antique stores may be a good starting point for Parisian influenced furniture. Choose pieces that, like the city itself, are timeless. Take a look at the interior of 17th century palaces or flapper-era bars and lounges. The likes of Napoleon, Edith Piaf, and even the Can-can girls of the Moulin Rouge should feel comfortable in your Parisian themed bedroom.

Remember that Paris is a point of reference, and therefore you can feel completely free to incorporate as many of your own designs as you'd like. With that in mind, remember that subtle attention to detail will really bring your Parisian theme together. Consider adding accent pieces to your décor to tie the room together, including:

  • Elegant drawer knobs and handles
  • Lampshades
  • Parisian wall decor

Adding on little pieces of flair like Parisian-inspired drawer handles will show that you took extra time and effort in making your space truly elegant. Look into items that could be called "restored" or "shabby chic", these are often very Parisian in nature, and can make great accent pieces. When it comes to wall art, keep subtlety in mind. Avoid any blaring references (this may mean returning that Eiffel Tower wall decal).

Make It Personal

With any theme, it's easy to get lost in the novelty of it all. Keep your own sense of style and design in the mix.

  • Have you experienced Paris yourself? If so, you can incorporate pictures and items you picked up in your travels.
  • Do you have a favorite French wine? Enlarge the label and hang it on the wall.
  • Is there a French film that holds a special place in your heart? Find the poster and hang it above your dresser.

The best part about Paris is that there really is something for everyone. You don't have to feel as though you're jeopardizing your own tastes or sense of style for design.

The center of romance and art can be as far away as France, or as close as your bedroom door. Just make sure you incorporate as much of your own ideas and style as possible. Embody Paris in more than just design. A city known for its brash fashion, political and artistic styles would want you to embrace bold design choices. If you find yourself facing true designer's block, it may just be time to book a vacation!

Last Updated: August 7, 2011
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