Traditional French Headboard Styles

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Traditional French Headboard Styles
Evoke the old-world glamour of France in your decor. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Whether you crave the lush antiques of Marie Antoinette or the elegance of Catherine Deneuve, you can bring the romance of France into your home with a traditional French boudoir. You may choose a variety of colour palettes but you'll want to select quintessentially French furnishings to evoke the feel of a Parisian retreat. Take special care to find a headboard you love because the bed will be the centrepiece of your room. Keep in mind the customary styles of French furniture and take your pick.


If the idea of your French boudoir calls to mind the opulence of the 18th century with its curving, ornate furnishings and pastel colour palette, Rococo is the style for you. Sometimes considered frivolous by historians, the hallmark of Rococo furnishings was prettiness -- lovely fabrics and sensuous lines. Look for gilt headboards or those bearing the veneers or marquetry characteristic of the Rococo style popularised by Louis XV and his mistress Madame de Pompadour.

Traditional French Headboard Styles
If you dream of Versailles, look for Rococo furnishings. ( Images)

French Country

You love the beautiful simplicity of the French countryside, so channel that aesthetic into your bedroom decor. French country headboards are sturdy and fine, fashioned of wood or iron. The headboard and footboard are embellished and usually lime washed or painted for a soft, feminine appearance. You'll find this style versatile and less formal than many French furnishing designs.

Traditional French Headboard Styles
Bring the carefree style of the French countryside to your home design. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)


From the wrought iron balconies of Paris overspilling with bright geraniums to the tiny iron tables on cafe pavements, you'll find the open curves of ironwork everywhere in the City of Lights. You'll find a variety of styles of iron beds to choose from -- select a dark finish with ornate curls for a true Parisian look or even an airy brass headboard for a more modern take on the French iron headboard.

Traditional French Headboard Styles
A simple iron bed is perfectly French. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)


The upholstered headboard, covered in a luxurious fabric and padded for comfortable reading and reclining, is quintessentially French. You'll love the gracious and relaxing experience of propping up against your large, usually wing-backed padded headboard. Choose a tufted style with covered buttons in a toile or brocade fabric for maximum visual impact and revel in your posh boudoir.

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