French

A bathroom designed to fit the French description of a lovely white and beige decorated bathing area

Duke Plan in Liseter, Newtown Square, Pa., by Toll Brothers.

Soft canvasses allow all of the textures and details of a room to shine. Opt for colors ranging from rich, sun-bathed hues to softer, muted shades. You’ll often see one color or fabric repeated throughout the design. Linens and muslins work well in French design, as they get better with age and soften after each wash. Hang your curtains in generous amounts — don’t be afraid to let them pool on the floor or flow in the breeze. Additionally, toile de jouy designs are also classic with this design style. When choosing accent pieces, strategically mix old and new accessories, but avoid clutter, showcasing only the items you’re fondest of. For example, try rolling in a trolley to your bathroom design for things like towels and French-themed toiletries or display fine silvers, porcelain and glassware like the early French aristocrats on an empty dining table or buffet. Antique French furniture with lots of curves or golden gilding work best, but don’t overdo it with too many items. Adding to the antique look, try to opt for distressed, painted cabinetry with handmade hardware. French design also incorporates chic storage pieces, like an encoignure, and ornamental wall designs known as boiserie. And to top it all off, just add a beautiful and opulent floral arrangement.

Distinguishing Elements:
• Soft canvases, toile de jouy fabrics
• Sun-drenched, muted color schemes
• Classic, royal antique furniture with gilding
• Strategically displayed accessories
• Distressed painted cabinetry
• Usage of encoignures and boiserie

Drew Knight is a freelance writer for Builders Digital Experience (BDX). You can find him online at LinkedIn.

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