Gold is the colour that never fails to deliver - so rich and mood-lifting - and in gold, any style goes. Gold we salute you!
1 Quatrefoil Brass Pendant Light: £120; 2 Branching Out Wall Mirror: £199. 3 Distileria Bottega, Bottega Gold prosecco 750ml: £24.99, Selfridges. 4 Branching Out Gold Console Table: £395. 5 Eglomise wallpaper in Gold 110622: £42/roll, Harlequin. 6 Glamour Gold Cowhide: £440; 7 Lit Lit Embellished Gold Rattan Luxury Bed: from £1395 for a double. 8 Aurelia wallpaper in Antique Gold 110641: £42/roll, Harlequin
For a truly decadent feel in your French Bedroom, layer up lashings of glistening golds from brassy yellow golds to antique dulled golds - we're talking getting it onto the walls (we're loving Harlequin's brand new Leonida wallpapers, full of metallic designs, inspired by "vintage pieces and flea market finds... Evoking a spirit of faded grandeur and distressed opulence") the floors, the French furniture, the lighting with sparkling chandeliers and carved wall sconces... Go full-on to create a rich, layered scheme, combining styles from any era for an eclectic look which oozes opulence!
If excessive gold-usage isn't your thing, but you want to add a touch of gold to lift a room, it's all about the accessories and finishing touches. A gilded edge on an ornate carved French wardrobe here and a table lamp with rose gold shade there - a sneaky hint of gold will bounce light around and add a luxurious layer to any room - from a cool white palette of dainty painted white bedroom furniture to a dramatic black moody scheme of black French furniture. It is possible to avoid a heavy gold damask wallpaper and add just a hint of gold to your walls - try Craig & Rose’s rather special Gold Sparkle (£9 for 250ml) paint - a top coat that cleverly dries clear, leaving a shimmer of gold glitter flakes - stunning on black or white walls.
Macarons: €55/14,Nina Ricci at Ladurée
And the finishing golden touch for any gold-drenched room? It's surely got to be a box of these stunning fuchsia macarons from Ladurée, filled with lemon and rose essence-tinged raspberry jam, and splashed with metallic gold leaf.
Author: Georgia Metcalfe, Founder of The French Bedroom Company, finder of pretty French style furniture, progressive design, beautiful chandeliers and shabby chic furniture