CREATING YOUR OWN FRENCH BOUDOIR
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 $60.