How to create a French-style bedroom

No one does sophisticated style like the French, but at Blue Isle we reckon we can give them a run for their money. Whether you want the all-out French bedroom look or to just blend a few French pieces into the room, we have a great selection of options.

Sleep easy

To start off the look, start with the Classic French Bed (below), available in double and king sizes. A solid weathered oak frame teamed with crisp padded linen headboards gives you a rustic French focal point in the room. Layer it up with creamy white linen and soft pastel shades, and you’re good to go. The modern French colour palette might be minimal but you can add definition to the room by trying different patterned and textured fabrics. Together they’ll create a restful retreat.

Store it up

Now you’ve got the bed sorted, add in a few key items of furniture to complete the look. These ‘Melbury’ range of bedside tables mean you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing.

If you have a larger room, with space either side of the bed, the wider weathered oak side table with one drawer and an open shelf (left) can create an attractive bedside feature. Fill the open shelf with books and magazines or woven baskets to maximise on storage. Or if you’ve got a TV in your bedroom, it can double up as a TV stand too. With straight legs and a square shape, this table blends with many different styles if you decide you want to soften the French theme.

Depending on the size of your bedroom, you can then add the Melbury small (right) or wide (below left) chest, both with three drawers. For those with a larger room, the Melbury Grand four drawer oak chest (below right) will be available in autumn 2017. This option has flat drawer fronts and is plain and simple but with that touch of French detail on the legs. Get in touch with us to pre-order. Each chest teams up with the Classic French Bed perfectly. Top them with ornate carved lamps or warming candles to finish off.

Light the way

If you only want to add a hint of French chic to your bedroom, a simple table lamp (far left in our ‘bedroom’ image) or a small side table with cabriole legs  could be the way to go. You can’t get more French then the wooden scroll lamp and shade. This small lamp is the ideal match for the Classic French Bed, but is equally a show stopping piece on its own.

Top drawer

But where will you put all those designer Parisian clothes and accessories? One of our Blue Isle ‘signature’ pieces is this chest of drawers , a firm favourite since Blue Isle began and it just so happens to have a very strong French theme to it. Its curved carving on the drawer fronts and thick oak gives it that antique feel. 

Put pen to paper

And if you want to go all out, finish off with the Beau Monde (below), a weathered oak writing table and desk with beautifully curved legs – perfect for when you’re handwriting all those love letters. Or add a mirror and you’ve got a dressing table ready to finish off your French boudoir.

Find all the products mentioned here and more on the Blue Isle website.

How to light up your outdoor space for summer

As the months roll on, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a long hot summer with many an evening spent outside entertaining friends and family. We know we might be getting ahead of ourselves but just in case, as those summer nights draw in, you’ll want something to light up your outdoor space. Here are our suggestions…

Candles

Even with a warm summer’s day, we all know the evenings get a whole lot cooler, so give your outdoor space a warm glow with candles. For a more romantic, simpler set up, let the moon and the stars do the talking and add the odd candle to brighten (and warm) things up.

 

Lanterns

A few small, well-placed lanterns can do a lot to brighten up an outdoor area. From large industrial-style designs to smaller more vintage style ones. Made in a variety of different sizes, you’ll be sure to find something to fit every outdoor space. Plus, these filigree tealights with a glass votive holder inside make an ideal decorative feature for inside your home all year round.

 

Tea lights

If size and space isn’t on your side when it comes to entertaining outdoors, keep the lighting simple. Multiple tea lights are an effective way of creating a lot of light in a small area. Placing several lights in a votive holder like this makes an inexpensive and simple tealight look a lot more refined.

Tip – use citronella tea lights to keep the bugs away during the height of summer!

 

Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at the whole range of Blue Isle decorative accessories for inside and outside your home.