How to create a French style boudoir

Following on from our What is Shabby Chic blog we are moving onto our second signature style French Boudoir. The French lead the way in fashion, food and interior design and here at Oscar’s Boutique we love the style, elegance and glamour of a French Boudoir. The definition of the word Boudoir is a “beautifully decorated room used in the past by a woman for sleeping,  dressing,  relaxing  and entertaining.” – Cambridge Dictionary.

Below are five ways to turn your bedroom into a French Boudoir.

1. Focus on feature furniture – the French are known for their opulence and so the furniture in their Boudoir’s needs to represent that. Go for a large French style bed with intricate detailing on the headboard, toile or brocade bedding and lots of fluffy pillows. A must have for every French boudoir is a Amoire wardrobe – our favourites are white and have full door mirrors for that extra elegance. Finally the chest of drawers – here is where you can really add your own personal style to the French Boudoir. Try adding a splash of colour, antique or jewelled handles and Queen Anne legs.


2. Fabrics and wallpapers – the more decorative and pretty the better. Try adding in some metallic shimmers, blue Damask and soft coloured toile. Make a feature wall by hanging your wall paper on the wall opposite the door and behind your head board. We recommend this Josette White and Dove Grey Damask  print by Laura Ashley.

3. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise – here is where you can really make your French Boudoir your own. Add some timeless classics including ornate photo frames and large posters of stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Fill your dresser with trinket boxes, glass perfume bottles and vintage jewellery holders.


4. Dress your windows – if you have the space; wooden shutters are reminiscent of Provincial French Chateau’s. Paint them in a complimentary colour and make them appear distressed (paint and then sand them down so that the wood shows through). Add a floral blind and some throw cushions to finish the window.

5. Make it light and airy – chandeliers are at the core of French Boudoir style, not only are they decorative but the light bounces off the glass to create a bright open space.  If you are short on space and want to make the room seem larger add a French style mirror to the wall opposite the window – it instantly opens up the room.

Keep tuned for the next instalment concentrating on our favourite themes.