How to Decorate a French Boudoir

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How to Decorate a French Boudoir
A French boudoir was traditionally where a woman prepared for the day. (Pinnacle Pictures/Photodisc/Getty Images)

In Victorian times, the boudoir was the area of a home where a woman prepared for the day. Typically, the boudoir included a sleeping area and another area for beauty treatments, similar to a modern bathroom. Now, the term is associated with sensual and elegant themes. You can create the look of a French boudoir in your own home with a few adjustments to the colour scheme, decorations and style of furniture you have in a room.

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Things you need

  • Victorian furniture
  • Ornate hardware
  • Decorative pillows
  • Mirrors
  • French-style art and wall decorations
  • Large rug

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    Determine a colour palette for the entire room. A French boudoir can be done in a pink-and-white theme, red and gold, neutrals, or high-contrast colours such as black and white. Choose soft colours for the main portion of the room, such as dusky pinks for walls or a light off-white colour. Choose accent colours that are darker, such as black, red or deep brown.

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    Find patterns that are French-inspired, such as toile, vertical-striped fabrics, damask, paisley or floral. Use these patterns on the walls and on furniture, blankets, window treatments and bedding.

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    Place Victorian-styled furniture in the room. All furniture should have as many embellishments as possible. If you don't want to purchase new furniture, you can embellish your existing furniture. Paint the furniture so that every piece matches, even if they didn't originally. Switch out knobs or drawer pulls for crystal or ornate pulls. Bring soft furniture into the room, such as a lounge couch, upholstered library chair or puffed ottomans. Use colours that match or coordinate with the main room colours.

  4. 4

    Switch out light fixtures for ornate fixtures, such as mini chandeliers or wall sconces. Place one or more large mirrors in the room. Choose a mirror with a large and ornate frame. Decorate the walls with French phrases, landmarks and art.

  5. 5

    Spread a large rug onto the floor to add a plush feel to the room. Place fluffy bedding on the bed and add a large assortment of decorative pillows. Drape soft blankets over furniture.

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