How to Decorate a Room Marie Antoinette Style

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Using a Marie Antoinette or Baroque theme to decorate your living room or bedroom adds elegance and sophistication to your home. Marie Antoinette, queen of France, was known for her luxurious, over-the-top lifestyle, but you can decorate a room themed in her honour on even the tightest of budgets. By incorporating colour schemes and elements of decor that were popular during her lifetime, you can easily model any room in your home after her sense of style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Silk-satin curtains
  • Toile print fabric
  • Wood glue
  • Wood appliques
  • Hand fans
  • Chandelier light fixture
  • Satin or velvet bedding

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    Paint the walls in a colour that was popular during Marie Antoinette's lifetime, such as French blue, pale pink or gold. If you are unable to paint the walls, incorporate these colours through the rest of your decorating scheme instead.

  2. 2

    Hang silk-satin curtains over the windows in the room, preferably ones with ornate tassels or tiebacks. Silk-satin is an inexpensive fabric with a rich, elegant appearance.

  3. 3

    Incorporate toile print fabric into various elements of the room, such as pillows, furniture upholstery or bed linens. Toile print is generally two-toned in colour and printed with detailed scenes of landscapes and people. Typically, toile print is white and blue, white and gold, or white and pink. This fabric was popular during Marie Antoinette's era and remains so in modern times.

  4. 4

    Glue intricate wooden appliques onto any wooden furniture in the room. Wooden appliques create the illusion that the design is carved into the wood. Paint over the surface of the applique and the furniture so they appear to be fused together. Ornately carved furniture was a staple of the Baroque period.

  5. 5

    Place hand fans on any flat surfaces in the room for decoration, such as shelves. Marie Antoinette collected ornate fans, and decorating with them infuses your room with her spirit.

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    Replace the existing light fixture in the room with an elaborate chandelier. Chandeliers are typically considered to be very formal and elegant, making them ideal for use in a Marie Antoinette themed room. A crystal or faux-crystal chandelier in a gold colour is most appropriate.

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    Choose a satin or velvet bedspread. Either fabric conveys a sense of royalty appropriate for a Baroque-style room. A rich bedspread paired with plush, oversized pillows and a ruffled bed skirt in coordinating colours or made of the same fabric looks elegant and sophisticated in a bedroom.

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