French Victorian is a style of furniture that spans the late 1800s and early 1900s. Furniture from this era is the most collectable of all French furniture and is noted for its curved, almost feminine lines. Finding furniture whose lineage can be documented is difficult and is best done by using reputable dealers. However, real antiques from the golden age of French furniture are expensive and not practical, since beds were small and the chairs were not the most comfortable. To avoid having your bedroom resemble a museum, it's best to use vintage pieces sporadically, and add embellishments to complete the look.
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- Books on French antiques
- Gilded mirrors or frames
- Crystal chandelier
- Beaded shade
- Silk or satin fabric
Research and study French antiques before making any purchases. Be certain that you are using a reputable auction house or dealer to make your purchases. Check the documentation to assure the piece's authenticity. Because French Victorian furniture spans many different styles, it is difficult to find a true antique. There are many antiques that are made in the French Victorian style that are less expensive than a documented piece.
Purchase new furniture that incorporates various design elements seen in French Victorian pieces. Beds were usually made from walnut or beech, often combined with cane. Wood was carved to resemble ribbons, entwined flowers, pine cones or fluted columns.
Add gilt and metal. Gilded wood frames and brass inlays into ebony or tortoiseshell are all reminiscent of the era. Add ornamental brass to corners of the room.
Use sumptuous and sensual fabrics. Pastel silks and satins can be used for both window coverings and bed treatments. Floral needlework and brocade was highly prized during the French Victorian era.
Install a crystal chandelier or a bedside lamp with a beaded shade. Add a decorative wall sconce. French Victorian style is all about the details. Add leather books, fancy mirrors and frames.
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