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Minimalist French Style Bedroom Decor

I believe that the decor that makes up a bedroom has to be one’s sanctuary and has to reflect that person’s character. I have always liked a more minimalist and clutter-free decor, with a touch of romantic ornamentation. In my bedroom, it is not done in a suffocating manner, but rather in the little details of the main pieces of furniture. For example, the lamp and mirror are decorated with an intricate design that is subtle but luxurious. My bed frame is adorned with bay leaves, and the bed posts have detailed wood work.  This creates a classic, château decor style that never goes out of style. To personalize it further, I have added a couple features that emanate French Parisian style, as inspired by my Parisian Glam Room Decor post. When I wrote this post last year, this is what I had in mind for my bedroom. This particular style is seen by:

  • Decorative boxes. They are my go-to storage solution that double as accent pieces throughout the room. I purchase mine at Michael’s Craft Store, where you can find so many different colour palettes and designs for your own personal taste.
  • Chair. Mine is of Louis XV influence, with a rounded seat back, featuring a curved wood frame and carved decorations. In addition, the chair legs are curved in an ‘s’ shape for added romance and sensuality. The seat is also covered in a brocade-patterned fabric, which further adds elegance and luxury to the room.
  • Rococo mirror. An elaborate ornamental style of motifs, flowers, and leaves. Since it is all in the same metal tone, it is subtle, but exudes a luxurious, romantic flair.
  • Fluffy pillow. This was one of my Christmas presents this year, one of which I was so eager to add to my room! This one is made from natural wool, and was actually purchased at Costco for a really affordable price. I like how the fibres are not all equal and perfect; the voluminous curly strands, each unique, adds amusement, comfort, and repose to the room. Also, notice the pink tone; it is not a stuffy candy pink. It is more of a light pink with peach undertones, almost a very light salmon pink. In french decor, this pink tone is what is more often used. It looks natural rather than artificial and fake.
  •  Writing desk. Just like with the bed, the wood work is very unique and beautiful, without being too overbearing. It is a classic piece that can be used for almost any room, such as a male bedroom, office, library, or hallway. Instead of being a very bold and attention-seeking piece, it shows quality, and the finer details add embellishment to the room.
  • Painting. Keeping with the pink tones, the painting adds that individualized touch that would otherwise be missing from the space. It is of personal preference, so find something that speaks to you!

Aside from these, the rest of the room is in light tones as to maximize the brightness and airiness. The walls are painted with an off-white French blue. The bed cover, sheets, and curtains are all white, as to create that sleek look. I find that with all the embellished details of the furniture, adding a colourful and patterned bedspread and window treatments would be too intense. In addition, the handmade wooden bookshelf is painted in a light cream colour; I believe that if it were painted pure white, it would look cheaper and would resemble plastic instead of solid wood.

As for my shoe shelves, I have a built-in closet organizer, which was a Christmas gift from two years ago. This is the one I have installed, and cannot image my life without it. I am very keen on being organized, and I definitely like this system for a smaller closet space!

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