Somewhere in between the saccharine pastels, and faded dusky hues, lies a palette of subtle shades which with the right combination can create a truly sophisticated scheme...
Clockwise from top left - Polka Dot Blouse: £119, Toast. Persian Cowhide Rug in Black & Grey: £688; Emily White Framed Rattan Bed: £1040 for kingsize; Headrider White Table Lamp: £399. Betty Bicycle in Chalk, price upon request, Bed Bicycles. Marshmallow Nail Polish; Ballet Slippers Nail Polish: £9.95 each; both essie at Liberty.
Before you make the decision to choose all of your French furniture for one room from the same collection and reach for the statement wallpaper for the wall behind that French bed, pause for a moment. A more elegant and confident collection of elements within any given room combines different finishes on pieces to suggest an eye for design, for a more immediately mature and natural scheme. The shades on your walls, floors and soft furnishings can tie these variants together. Combine an antique white French bed with antique cream bedsides, and pale stone French armoire, all with a distressed finish, and they will look grown up alongside a sophisticated colour palette of eau de nils or straw beiges on your walls, curtains, bedspread – it's a cleverly indistinct and uncontrived look which brings a timeless and classic feel to a room. The less perfect and planned the better!
Clockwise from right - Romance Shabby Chic Display Shelves: £945.
Claypaint in Ballet Shoe, Fresh Air, Teacup, and Piglet: earthBorn. Pom Pom Cream Throw: £180;
Amelie Shabby Chic Bedside Table: £180; Delphine French Chair: £425
A rich variety of textures and shades can also add another dimension to your softened scheme. Think lace chiffon ruffles on decorative cushions to broderie anglaise on pillowcases, heavy embroidery on crumpled bedlinen, velvet upholstery in muted rather than rich and vivid colours, supersoft deep textures like reindeer hides or Icelandic sheepskins underfoot, traditional woven canework on a French bed, and detailed and distressed carvings on pieces of French furniture...picturing the perfect, most sumptuous room yet?!
And finally to really harmonise your home, try an instant quick fix spritz of our new room fragrances in scent combinations such as oriental lily with base notes of honeysuckle and ivy (Lac du Bourget), and top notes of berry and pomegranate, middle notes of sugar and honey, and base notes of caramel (Candied Pomegranate)... sounding good enough to eat!
Author: Georgia Metcalfe, Managing Director, The French Bedroom Company