How to Decorate a "Moulin Rouge" Bedroom

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How to Decorate a "Moulin Rouge" Bedroom
Cancan dancing is an iconic symbol of the Moulin Rouge cabaret. (Michael Steele/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

For more than 100 years, the world famous Moulin Rouge cabaret house has featured fine dining, elaborate costumes, a festive atmosphere and, of course, French cancan dancers. Moulin Rouge, both the French destination and the 2001 film by the same title, can be the inspiration for a feminine and elegant bedroom that any Francophile would love. From its warm and inviting colour scheme to its rich textures and materials, a Moulin Rouge bedroom can be catered to fit most budgets.

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    Choose a paint palette in saturated, dark colours to inspire a "boudoir" feel in your Moulin Rouge bedroom. Red is one of the most notable shades of this style of decor, as are green, gold and rich blues. Red is a warm and passionate colour, making it an excellent choice for the bedroom. Choose colours that have a distinctly feminine feel, such as rich shades of pink and purple. Anchor these shades with black, brown and metallics.

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    Incorporate textures into the design that are reminiscent of the Moulin Rouge. From the bedding to the flooring, window treatments, upholstered furniture and accessories, texture will play an important role in completing the look. Look for pieces that include tulle, lace, satin and silk. Also look for pieces with stripes, ruffled trims or feather accents.

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    Furnish the space with vintage or reproduction pieces. The Moulin Rouge is a Paris institution. Though it has been updated over the past century, it still maintains its old world charm with intricate vintage furniture. Scour flea markets, estate sales and antique stores for bedroom furniture such as headboards, dressers and chairs with 19th-century shapes and accents.

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    Accessorise with art and items that symbolise the Moulin Rouge. One of the most iconic symbols of the cabaret house is a large illuminated windmill outside the structure. Incorporate this landmark into the wall art or sculptures. To complete the look, find even more French-inspired accessories, such as those that feature the Eiffel Tower.

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