The French Provincial bedroom usually had Louis bed heads in either a walnut or painted finish. Sleight beds or French curved beds were also in vogue. Curved fronted bedside tables and consoles with cane inserts the trend of the time. Bed heads were often upholstered in toils de Jany fabrics. In the typical provincial bedroom a small bergere, Louis salon chairs and bed end stools were used with curved fronted chests of drawers.
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Beds had thick mattresses and large feather quilts. Beds were usually placed against a wall or in an alcove. Curtains were used to provided warmth and privacy. These were placed as canopies suspended from the ceiling or attached to the bedposts. In the south of France the Angel beds with four short posts, no footboards and a plain head boards were popular. The a la duchesse bed with its elegant canopies covering the mattress were popular in the northern regions of France.
Bedroom curtains of cotton or linen plain or with a small scale pattern with a white or light background and one color were used. Toile de Jouy will give the most authentic look. The most common colors used in French provincial style; blue and white, red and white.
To create the typical French Provincial bedroom
Floors in South of France were usually tiled floors
Parquetry or plain timer floors were popular
Aubusson Rugs – in delicate floral designs or tapestry carpet
Place the bed close to a wall or in an alcove
Use upholstered head board or one with cane insert with painted frame or a painted frame
Canopy of gauzy white cotton or toile de Jouy fabric
Or hand worked lace bedspread
Or a brightly coloured coverlet of Provencal design
Armoire (cupboard with full length doors) varied from region to region
Comfortable chairs usually in Louis XV or Louis XVI style
Bonnetiere (tall narrow cupboard usually in oak with a single door)
Chiffonniere (tall chest of drawers)
Or create a closet with shelves in a niche with a curtain
Another option to replace the doors of a modern unit with fabric or remove the panel in a door and replace it with fabric
Bedside tables were often topped with marble or timber
Colours used in French provincial style
Blue and white, red and white
Curtains simply styled
Curtains – cotton or linen plain or with small scale pattern with white background and one colour. Toil de Jouy will give most authentic look
For canopies – voile, muslin, cotton, fine linen or light silk
Kelsch a French linen plaid cloth in combinations of white, red and blue is also authentic but it is hard to find.
Hand blocked floral fabrics
Wall sconces placed on either side of the bed instead of table lamps
Farmhouse style chandelier
French style table lamps
This sample board shows a contemporary twist on the French Provincial style. The wallpaper is by Graham Brown. The furniture from Belle House, the fabrics from Warwick Fabrics, the rug is a Christophe Living rug and the colours used are from Dulux.
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