Monday, July 22, 2013

French Bathroom Decor

A French bathroom brings timeless style into your decor.

A French villa, a French country home and a Parisian apartment may be miles apart, but they all share a taste for design. A bathroom reflects a French d cor when it combines style with elegance, grace and a touch of the unexpected. Keep the style clean and classic for timeless appeal. Does this Spark an idea?

Walls and Floors

Wall color in a French design ranges from a cool blue to a warm golden orange. Possible wallpaper designs include a damask, stripe or metallic print. Some bathrooms may use a white beadboard on portions of the wall. Accent colors for the wall may be silver or nickel tone for the blue. Golden orange walls tend to receive gold tone metallic accents. Black wrought iron may be used in either. Floors may be tiled in subway tiles, a black and white design or marble.


A window treatment may consist of caf curtains in a colorful design for a country bathroom or a sheer curtain in a more elegant bathroom. Louver shutters are also an option in many rooms. A skirt of French ticking material may outline the bottom of a sink hiding storage underneath and luxorious, thick towels of various hues hang from hooks on the wall and in baskets. A country French bathroom may contain a throw rug for warmth in winter.


Rather than use plain cabinets to store their bathroom supplies, the French may create a display with the items. Colorful soap gels and oils go in clear bottles, while a perfume or cologne collection goes on a mirrored tray out in the open. The French design may incorporate an armoire or consist of painted or stencil designs on existing cabinets. A vanity may be in a larger bathroom with an antique mirror above.

Accessories and Light

Framed prints of the countryside combine with wrought-iron scroll designs for the towel holders, toilet paper holder and a mirror or clock. Soap dishes may be glass or ceramic with pottery on a shelf. An apothecary bathroom set holds the toothbrush and liquid hand soap, while shelf contain small wicker baskets for the toiletries, makeup and small bathroom items. A crystal chandelier or two antique lamp sconces provides ambient lighting for a bath or you can set up a shelf of fragrant candles with plants.

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