Spice Up Your Boudoir This Winter 
 
A boudoir literally means a woman’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room.  The French word “bouder” means to sulk or to pout so you can imagine a woman living in an 18th Century castle retiring to her boudoir to sulk in private until her disposition improved!  Nowadays the word Boudoir has developed into a term used to describe a bedroom as a French inspired luxurious sanctuary.
 
French style decor is one of the world’s most enduring styles.  I think it has universal appeal bringing together a mix of sophisticated European charm and understated elegance.
 
When creating a French Provincial boudoir in your home think lavish layerings and antique furniture (reproduction of course!).   Begin with a traditional French inspired linen with brass stud detail - team it with classic Louis XV style furniture - oak and linen bed ottoman, French style bedside tables with cabriole legs, a French Louis chair or a sumptuous linen wingback armchair.  Pile on loads of opulent linen or velvet cushions, a luxurious cashmere throw and finish if off with a spectacular crystal and wood chandelier.  For the walls choose a white timber or gold gilt mirror.
 
For a traditional French boudoir go for plush fabrics and colours - velvet, damask and toile for your cushions, curtains and bedding in rich tones of chocolate  deep red, burgundy, royal blue and gold.  Alternatively a French Provincial boudoir is all about romance and elegance in muted neutral tones with splashes of duck egg blue, soft green and ivory.  Fabrics are all natural - pure linen and cotton in bedding, cushions, curtains and upholstery.  Go for slightly distressed painted oak furniture.
 
Changing a few key pieces in your bedroom to create a French boudoir need not break the bank.  A linen  bedhead from Lavender Hill Interiors is $800 for Queen and chic linen cushions are from $80.