If there’s any room in the home that deserves a touch of elegance and whimsy to wash away the stresses of the day, it’s the bedroom. A firm favorite among period homeowners, the romantic, French-inspired look is easy to achieve by introducing a few classic ideas and key pieces.

Set the tone with a statement bed; choose a vintage-style frame with sinuous curves and lavish treatment such as gilding or deep-buttoned upholstery. For a light-filled, heavenly space opt for walls and floors in white, cream or soft pastel shades. Alternatively paste up chintz, ornate papers or choose dark tones for a dramatic, feminine backdrop. Finish by layering plenty of pretty textiles such as ditsy florals or silky satins, not forgetting that all-important chandelier to add sparkle.

1. Refined romance

Combine toile prints and wallpapers with bucolic scenes, such as this Babylon design by Clarke & Clarke, with crisp white linen from Cologne & Cotton for a sophisticated romantic scheme.

vintage romantic bedroom with toile prints

2. Romantic boho

A show-stopping antique bed with a floral needlepoint headboard adds a pretty vintage touch to this rustic attic bedroom. Try piling up old suitcases for an alternative bedside table.

rustic feminine vintage bedroom with antique needlepoint bed

Photo: Sara Essex

3. Simple style

Plain white walls allow the ornate antique mirrors and bed frame to shine through in this calming scheme set in a Georgian coastal home.

white vintage french bedroom

4.Classic French country

A luxurious coronet, ornate dressing table and pretty drapes in Cameo Rose fabric by Kate Forman, give this farmhouse bedroom a quintessential French country feel.


5. Whimsical walls

Walls papered with rolls of 19th-century American, hand block-printed wallpaper are balanced with an lace-edged antique bedspread in this pretty and immersive attic hideaway.

small french romantic bedroom with ornate wallpaper

Photo: Jody Stewart

6. Gallic grandeur

Stand-out Lutece wallpaper in Prune by Manuel Canovas creates a magnificent backdrop for Loaf’s elegant Margot king-size rattan bed in this elegant, French-inspired bedroom.

romantic french bedroom with rattan bed and ornate wallpaper

7. Vintage chintz

The inspiration for this elaborate bedroom came from a trip to Versailles. The Louis XVI-style bed was an Ebay purchase, showing this home’s lavish french-style interiors could be achieved affordably.

vintage chintz bedroom

8. Tranquil retreat

Ditsy bedding layered with floral cushions and an eiderdown from Sarah Hardaker give this cool grey bedroom a feminine edge. Find a similar French bed from The French Bedroom Company.

grey floral romantic bedroom with floral bedding and buttoned headboard

9. Pretty in pink

Panelled walls with raised bolection mouldings are painted in Parlour Rose by Fired Earth, creating a warming, pretty scheme in a renovated townhouse.

elegant panelled bedroom painted in Parlour Rose from Fired Earth

10. The ultimate luxury

Make a lavish statement with the Sacré Coeur bed from The French Bedroom Company, complete with gold gilt frame and deep-buttoned pink velvet upholstery.

french bedroom company bedroom with pink velvet gilt bed

11. Dusky tones

Walls in Calamine by Farrow & Ball create a soothing feminine feel in this bedroom. The pretty headboard is upholstered in floral fabric by Jean Monro.

romatic bedroom in farrow and ball calamine pink with floral bed

12. Fit for a princess

Elegant Louis XV chairs in soft pink and an elaborately carved bed from French Antique Warehouse contribute to a romantic, Gallic feel, while the rose garland adds a touch of whimsy in this girls bedroom.

romantic elegant french bedroom

Photo: Colin Poole

13. Floral fancy

Create a feminine focal point in a muted bedroom with a statement bed such as this Herald Superb design by Vispring, upholstered in Tournier Fushia/Linen fabric by Sanderson.

Bedroom with floral vispring bed

14. Dramatic boudoir

For an alternative take on the romantic look, paint walls and ceilings in a dark shade, furnish with antique Japanese pieces and accessorise with flirtatious grasses and glistening metallics.

dark elegant boudoir bedroom

15. Colourful and characterful

Try making a feature of characterful old walls by highlighting beams in pretty pastel shades, as done here in this 17th-century French bedroom. Finish with floral bedding in coordinating colours for a boho-Gustavian feel.

colourful french townhouse boho bedroom

Photo: Ton Bouwer/Coco Features

16. Floral fancy

Bursting with feminine florals, this bedroom is papered in English Rose by Sanderson and is crowned with an elegant coronet made from Kate Forman’s Cameo Rose fabric.

chintz floral country cottage bedroom

Photo: Jody Stewart

17. Traditional elegance

Walls and distressed furniture in classic cream mix with chintz textiles to capture the essence of pretty vintage style in this master bedroom.

French style bedroom with antique carved bed

Photo: Brent Darby