Fit for a King (or Queen): French Beds
Add a stylish, royal touch to your bedroom with one of these elegant places to rest your head
It may look regal, but you don't have to be Marie Antoinette to appreciate the elegant lines of a beautiful French bed. Whether it's the master bedroom, child's room or even the office or conservatory, there's a perfect French bed for every space in the house. Plus, while French furniture is often thought of as formal, it's easy to transition the look to suit any taste. With so many variations to choose from, there's a way for every member of the family to catch some Zs in style.
A pair of French twin beds is very versatile. Twin beds make a precious, playful child's room but can also transition easily into a sophisticated, elegant guest room. A different set of linens for each season in varying pale and bold shades can change the look of the room instantly. It's such a fun change for a child, and, when it comes to guests, what could be better than choosing a linen that you know would appeal to a friend?
A set of French twin beds can be so soft in a room. They aren't overpowering like a large, upholstered bed can be, and there is still room for art over the headboard. In a shared child's room, being able to hang something distinguishing that represents the personality of each child is a way to give each sibling a chance to create her own space.
In a room that isn't perfectly symmetrical or that has one window where the bed should be, it can be tricky to use twin beds without it looking a little off. A crown like this is perfect for a girly girl and gives the appearance of symmetry even if it's not there. The sheers can easily be removed to transition the look into one that is more grownup.
While this shabby chic neutral is a lovely choice for a French bed, one of the absolute best things about a solid wood head and footboard is that it's easy to change the color. A subtle French gray, a bold hot pink or even stripping it back to its original wood would give a bed like this a completely different personality.
The classic symbol of opulence and high society in 16th century France, while not exactly a bed, the chaise is a classic piece of lounging furniture. While beautiful in any room, an office is a perfect space for a chaise. In between working, working and working, sometimes a person needs a moment just to think!
In ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, chaise lounges were designed specifically for eating. While it would seem strange to use them for that purpose these days, one of my favorite spots for a chaise is a sunroom or conservatory, a space that can be used for resting, reading or, of course, eating.
When discussing French beds, you can't forget about the daybed. One with cane sides like this is wonderful for a spot like a hallway and looks beautiful without disturbing the visual line. An office space that also needs to function as a guest room is also perfect place for a daybedl. It can be a couch by day and a bed by night!
The tailored look of a French headboard is so classic. Putting a bench at the end helps distribute the weight, but you don't walk into the room and think "bed." Plus, in a master or guest room, it's nice to have a place to set things. In certain cases a small, short settee at the end of a large king bed works well too. The proportions have to be just right but, when done properly, it's amazing!
Ideabook published on Feb. 12, 2012.
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