Country French style lets you mix various styles and materials with ease. Here, tea-tone-and-pale-blue toile linens paired with contrasting white matelasse shams give a Victorian carved walnut bedstead its French sensibility.
Signature French toile adorns the headboard, canopy, bed skirt, and window treatments in this sweet bedroom. A simple stripe canopy lining and pure white linens add quiet contrast.
The traditional blue-and-yellow French scheme plays out subtly in this master bedroom. Soft yellow walls pick up on the faded colors of an antique French desk and chair, and the bed sports a blue lattice-pattern bedspread. The vaulted ceiling is gently washed with a pale blue-gray and draws color into the tip-top of the voluminous room.
In this master bedroom, the distinctive silhouette of two chandeliers crafted from rustic wooden beads are highlighted by walls upholstered in a woven fabric and windows dressed in the same neutral plaid. A limestone fireplace and beamed ceiling add a sense of warmth and history.
Chinoiserie, a French term meaning "in the Chinese taste," describes a style that was hugely popular in 17th- and 18th-century France and is still appreciated today. Beloved for its fanciful depictions of Chinese life, Chinoiserie appears on both the headboard and a framed tapestry in this master bedroom.
Aglow from four shades of yellow paint topped with a gold-leaf glaze, this master bedroom's walls create a rich backdrop for Parisian finds. Serpentine silhouettes, shimmering fabrics, and gilded frames add to the cozy yet luxe decor.
Relaxed and Refined
Rustic beams, a stone mantel, and plaster walls temper this master bedroom's dramatic cathedral ceiling with their earthy elegance. A floating canopy soars with the architecture, while a serene palette helps keep the space relaxed.
An antique sleigh bed nestled beneath a linen-draped corona sets the stage for sophisticated comfort in this bedroom. A soft color palette of indeterminate greens and grays echoes the authentic colors commonly found on French painted furniture.
Fly Away Home
Barely-there gray walls emphasize the soaring height of this bedroom's vaulted ceiling. A wood plank ceiling treatment and a solitary ceiling beam made of reclaimed wood also draw the eye upward. The large painting above the bed connects the ceiling to the rest of the room for a more grounded look. Solid gray bedding keeps with the understated, mellow vibe of the room, while striped pillows and burlap bolsters and an orange paisley-print throw dress up the bed.
Mix It Up
Mixing patterns is easy when you have a blank canvas to build upon. In this bedroom, creamy white walls lend a neutral background for boldly patterned bed linens and a large striped area rug. All of the furniture was painted white to allow the decorative elements to shine.
Neutral elegance permeates this bedroom. Latte-color walls, bedding, and flooring blend seamlessly. The handsome traditional dressers on each side of the bed pull double duty as nightstands, while a pair of vintage footstools at the foot of the bed provide a spot to sit and put on socks and shoes. The glitzy chandelier adds a dose of feminine character.
Subtle texture on the walls and a matelasse coverlet in this master bedroom make a soft backdrop for bright motifs in an original oil painting and a floral cotton duvet cover. A weathered bench at the foot of the bed is a great catchall.
A collection of plates personalizes this guest room. So does the mix of fabrics: a gray-green stripe, a coordinating check, and a floral to balance the straight lines. A white duvet cover adds hotel-style luxury. Floor-to-ceiling drapes make the room have more presence, while the to-the-floor table skirt provides a place for storage.
There's old cottage charm in this new beach-home master suite thanks to the board-and-batten paneling on the walls and V-groove planks on the ceiling. A blue print on the window treatments and pillows add a traditional touch. Underfoot, a green-plaid rug coordinates with the green print on the bench.
This guest room was decorated with comfort in mind. Horizontal planks add interest to the walls in the small bedroom. A striped bed skirt and pillows make it easy to switch seasonal bedding. The black frames on the botanical prints match the cane headboard. Best of all, it has a kick-off-your-shoes casual feel.
A cabbage-rose print on the bed skirt, chaise, and valance give this room a hint of traditional styling, but the horizontal-plank walls and cottage-style armoire add a casual country vibe. While yellow can come off as too warm in a sun-filled room, plenty of crisp white and blue counteract the warmth of the yellow walls in the sunny bedroom.
If you love green, this guest room is a great example of how to use multiple hues to get a great look. Pale green on the walls is accented by two tones of green on the nightstand and a complementary shade on the upholstered bed. A white bedspread, lamp, and framed art balance the verdant tones.
Inspired by the beach, this bedroom brings a palette of pale ocean blue and sandy tan indoors. Texture comes via the woven blinds and the carpeting. The starfish and shells show off some of the finds of walks on the beach. Soft white trimwork offers a crisp finish without being harsh.
A master bedroom evokes a casual feel with a four-poster bed that anchors the room. The iron bed frame is softened with gauzy tab-top curtain panels to add a soft, romantic vibe. Layers of comfy bedding create a nice spot to relax with a book. White wainscoting completes the cottage look.
Color It Happy
Give your bedroom a vintage vibe with flea market finds and a color palette that's just as varied. An iron bed frame lends to the room's eclectic vibe, and a multicolor chest follows suit. The floral rug picks up the peach in the wall paint.
Pretty in Pink
Color goes all out in this pink bedroom, which displays several shades from the same pink family. Peony-pink silk moire introduces subtle pattern and shimmer to the walls. A structured square pattern in magenta cut velvet adds geometric contrast to the rippled look of the moire. Accessories and accents in shades of pink similar to the wall color complete the look.
A mix of patterns and colors transform this tiny bedroom. Orange floral drapes compliment the bedding's shades of pink and pale lavender. Pillows repeating the hues, and some in accent colors, add a flourish, as do the pale lavender wall paint and the eye-catching chandelier overhead.
Creamy neutral walls reflect light to make this small master bedroom seem larger. Dramatic details, such as the shimmering chandelier and the pretty wall sconces above the fireplace, create an undeniable feminine vibe. Purple accents throughout the room add a splash of color to the neutral space.
In this bedroom, a wall of soft purple wallpaper features a subtle circular pattern. The geometric motif lends the perfect backdrop for a collection of green and orange patterned throw pillows on the bed. The graphic patterns lend an interesting juxtaposition to the traditional-style furniture.
Peach-color walls ensure this cozy bedroom is never short on happiness. A wicker bed frame, reminiscent of outdoor furniture, adds texture. White bedding looks extra crisp against the dewy wall color and pops of orange on the pillows bring the color scheme full circle.
Making an Impact with Art
Small personal treasures make a stunning statement with a touch of creativity. A collection of intaglios are mounted on antique wedding documents and framed in contrasting brown and white to create the art-filled focal point wall in this elegant bedroom.
Neutral anchors, such as a beige upholstered headboard and muted yellow walls, set a soothing scheme in this bedroom, while splashes of blue bring an easy-living, beachy feel.
A Built-In Retreat
A pair of windows nestled in a nook practically cries out for a window seat. Built in or crafted from a freestanding bench, a window seat topped with plush cushions adds a cozy retreat to any bedroom.
A sweet blend of floral and plaid patterns fashions a pretty cottage scheme in this bedroom. Rose pink and light sage weave through the patterns and plenty of antique white keep the patterns from appearing too busy.
The delightful reddish-orange color carried into this bedroom was inspired by the room's view of the Golden Gate Bridge. A set of porthole mirrors adds a decorative touch above the bed and reflects the homeowner's love of sailing.
A seating area of oversize sofas and a sprawling ottoman add a cozy space to this master bedroom, ideal for relaxing and gathering with the kids at the end of the day.
To simplify mornings and add a creative touch, this cozy bed forgoes layers of decorative pillows and shams for a headboard treatment that offers similar appeal. Two large throw pillows hang on nails from sewing rings secured to the back of the pillows.