A decent night’s sleep to refresh and rejuvenate is a mere dream for most of us, myself included. It helps to have a peaceful environment and a bedroom that invites you to relax, unwind and drift away.
I love vintage and shabby chic is one of my favourite decors for a bedroom, soft and feminine using delicate fabrics and pastel colours that remind me of French glamour and sophistication. Brocante is a word to describe this interior design, it literally means flea market in French and it conjures up these marvellous treasure troves in Paris or Normandy. Creating the look is easy to do using existing elements, a bit of upcycling and some classic furniture pieces.
Use chalky painted, distressed effect pieces of furniture for a rustic feel – whites, greys and pastels from pink to mint green. Combining pastels adds interest and gives a room a fresh and romantic statement. Scour junk shops for country inspired furniture and antiques with interesting curves and potential to change with a lick of paint. Pretty printed wallpaper can be used the paper the front of drawers or wardrobes making a unique item for your room.
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The bed of course is the most important element to consider and when choosing one for a vintage style Brocante bedroom, look for Roccoco curves such as the range of Rose upholstered beds from Button & Sprung. These beautifully crafted handmade beds would be a magnificent central piece to dress the room around. With a huge choice of fabrics from soft greys like Dove to Duck Egg blue or even a rich Cranberry or the provocative Lipstick would all work for a French feminine feel filled with grandeur and chic.
Add floral bedding, throws and blankets, layering with delicate patterns - store them in a glass doored linen cupboard or armoire for full on French, an excuse to head over to France and explore their fabulous markets for antique fabrics and linens. Shabby chic is one where you can really mix and match those pretty items. For French flea markets there are many to visit all over the country but here are some of the best.
French ladies are renowned for their classic beauty and ageing well so for a great night’s sleep consider one of the Button & Sprung pocket sprung mattresses that will help you dream away and let the overnight repair do its work - skin looks so much better after a good night’s sleep. The mattresses at Button & Sprung are hand-made and filled with breathable, natural materials and have a patented IQ spring for super comfort levels. With a 100 night return policy you can be assured that Button & Sprung have your comfort at the heart of their ethos.
Brocante can be as glamorous as you like with opulent accessories; gilt antique French mirrors, crystal chandeliers, lace edged cushions and pressed glass tea light holders. Or you could go for simple and pared back French country décor – enamel jugs of hydrangeas or roses, rustic hooks on the wall, a weathered lantern for a delicate fragranced candle and shades or white throughout. Think ditsy flower print, butterflies, French signs, ruffles and wicker storage boxes.Oh là là, it is a scheme that is easy to recreate within your own home.
The great thing about French shabby chic is
that the style lends itself to an eclectic feel that you can do on any budget
with a bit of upcycling and using accessories you may already have with some
key furniture pieces. Whether you prefer a rustic simplicity or
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