How to Create a Beautiful Parisian Style Bedroom

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What is Parisian style and how do you get it? Find out key elements for creating a Parisian style bedroom with budget-friendly DIYs and decorating tips.

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An off-centered window, blinds, low ceiling, and a dark small-space does not sound like a great start for a Parisian chic bedroom. It took 8 weeks for my romantic vision to brighten and maximize our master bedroom into a peaceful and lux haven on a budget. I’ll show you how to create a Parisian style bedroom on a dime too!

Parisian Style Bedroom: One Room Challenge Reveal

It’s finally reveal day for the One Room Challenge! There are a lot of details, DIYs, and brands to highlight for my Parisian chic room. Make sure you check out the featured designers and guest participants (like myself) for this 8-week long design challenge. They are amazingly talented and you’ll find all of the inspiration you can handle and more for your next project! I promise.

A beautiful bedroom with light blue and green.  An Anthropologie mural on the headboard wall with a landscape oil painting sits over a green velvet headboard.  A woman in a white dress is smiling sitting on the bed with a light blue upholstered bench at the foot of the bed.
Parisian Style Bedroom

Here’s what I did for the seven weeks of the One Room Challenge:

What is Parisian style decor?

Parisian style is a more modern and minimalist approach to French country or French decor. Polished-sleek decor and furniture, muted colors, simplified styling, and less fussy accessories characterized this style.

DIY Curtains with blue and white shibori fabric, updated gold pulls on a tall walnut dresser with a vintage Audubon bird print, aloe plant in a chinoiserie planter, and woman's bust styled on top.  Blue and white area rug in a diamond patter.
DIY Curtains, Updated Pulls, and a Vintage Audubon Bird Print

What is Parisian chic interior design?

Parisian chic interior design includes a mix of vintage and modern pieces with lux details and flea market finds. The overall color scheme is remains toned down and consistent with Parisian style. Toned down does not be washed out. Beautiful neutrals, pastels, and muted hues feature prominently in this design.

A Japanese wood writing desk nestled under a brass and glass accent table.
A Japanese Wood Writing Desk Nestled Under a Brass and Glass Accent Table

How can I decorate like a Parisian?

Here are the key elements for a Parisian-style bedroom and how I implemented them into our makeover on a shoe-string budget.

  • Start with white walls – Parisian bedrooms feature white walls to help create a quiet palette and showcase chic furnishings, art, and decor.
Parisian chic bedroom reveal in a single story ranch style home.  Blue and white patterns, tasseled bed skirt, upholstered green velvet headboard, and a wall mural complete the look.  A wall mounted tv is styled with an art gallery wall above a French provisional white dresser.
Parisian Chic Bedroom Reveal

The first step in our bedroom makeover was to change the khaki green walls to a crisp white. This really opened our small dark bedroom. Just check out the picture above to the one below!

Bedroom before picture with khaki green walls, gold canopy bed, and pink and white bedding.
Bedroom Before with Green Walls
  • Add a gilded gold mirror – I’m not sure if anything else says French more than an ornate gold mirror. It’s the first thing I think of when I think Parisian decor!
View of a bedroom closet door with bright white walls and a blue and white modern rug.  A gold estate sale mirror hangs above a glass and brass bamboo accent table with a Japanese writing desk underneath.  To the side is a tall wooden dresser with an aloe vera plant in a chinoiserie bowl.
Estate Sale Mirror

I hung our estate sale mirror between our two closet doors and added a small brass and glass table with a couple of favorite books. It’s a great spot for checking out outfits and reflects the featured mural wall from the other side of the room.

  • Hang a chandelier or gorgeous ceiling fan – Over the top chandeliers are a great way to add a touch of French flair to your room! But may not always be practical especially in a small space. Modern ceiling fans offer a compromise between functionality and style and can include beautiful light fixtures.
A white bedroom with blue and green accents, wall mural, and blue and white rug.  An upholstered bench is at the foot of the  bed and to the side is a white French provincial style dresser with a gallery wall and mounted tv above.
Modern Ceiling Fan in a Parisian Style Room

I chose three Spitfire fans in different finishes from Fanimation for all of our bedrooms and shared my favorites in how to choose the right ceiling fan for your bedroom. In addition to the sleek design; the fan is remote-controlled and includes customizable options to add light kits, down rods, and finishes. I decided against adding the light kit to our bedroom fan because of the existing pod lights. We did use the light kits for the other bedrooms as you can see below.

A girls bedroom with mint green bird wallpaper below a chair rail and peachy wall paint above.  Green velvet curtains, a white storage furniture with art and doll, and a modern white and gold ceiling fan complete the space.
Spitfire Fan in Gold and White with Light Kit
  • Place a beautiful patterned rug – You won’t find a Parisian boudoir without a pattern on the floor. Choosing the right rug is essential for creating a cohesive space because it unifies all of the separate design elements within the room. Pattern selection is just as important as the color choice. A repeated or geometric pattern in soft tones compliments this style.
A beautiful blue and white diamond patterned rug with white walls, light blue and white shibori curtains, and a bed with white and blue bedding and blue upholstered modern bench.
Mohawk Home Rug: Kimmel Rug

I chose a beautiful geometric pattern from Mohawk rugs called Kimmel. The denim color is consistent with my color palette choice and is made with an eco-friendly material called Everstrand yarn.

A rug pad under a blue and white area rug in a bedroom.
Rug Pad under the Kimmel Rug

Mohawk Home sent me one of their amazing double-sided rug pad which has one side for hard floors and one for carpet. It keeps the rug in place over any surface and also helps prevent furniture feet indentations in the rug. The rug and pad combination creates a super soft and luxurious feeling on bare feet. It is worlds better than generic rubber rug pads.

  • Install an accent wall with a mural or wallpaper. We can’t all have beautiful tall ceilings with old-world character, but a statement wall with a mural or distinctive wallpaper is a great way to add a wow factor even with a muted palette.
A stunning picture of a bedroom with the bed centered on a mural wall and blue and white decor.
Completed One Room Challenge Room

I grabbed an Anthropologie mural last year on sale intending it to be the starting point of a new room design. The muted blue and green color palette I chose for this makeover compliments the scenery composition. A great way to infuse color in a soft-muted Parisian style is to use tone-on-tone. Keep colors to either cool or warm hues within the same color family.

  • Include luxurious fabrics. Paris is known for velvet and silk soft furnishings and textiles which often carry high price tags. A less expensive option is using upholstery weight fabric, like a cotton-linen blend, to make your own custom window treatments and other upholstery even if it’s your first time.

Few of us are seamstresses or upholsterers. But there are simple DIYs to help you achieve professional results without expensive equipment or years of experience.

A DIY cornice box over blinds and DIY no-sew curtains with blue and white shibori fabric are being styled by a woman and light blue and white dress with a pleated skirt.  A tall dark wood dresser with a woman's bust ,plant, and bird art are to the side and a beautiful blue and white rug is on the floor.
DIY Cornice Box Over Blinds and DIY No-sew Curtains

The hyacinth shibori fabric from Smith Honig was perfect for my Parisian style room so I repeated it a few times in the space and adjoining bathroom. I created custom curtains, a fringed bed skirt, and upholstered window valence for the bathroom using everyday household tools and without sewing. I embellished the shibori fabric with beautiful green trim and bullion fringe from Fringe Market for extra details.

A DIY bedskirt with blue and white shibori fabric and bullion fringe is on a bed with blue and white bedding, velvet pillows, and a white side table.
DIY Bed Skirt with Fringe
Upholstered valance over a bathroom window with botanical art and baskets on the wall.
Upholstered Valance and Art
  • Use upholstered pieces – A feature of Parisian style is an upholstered bed or headboard and other accent pieces. You can use anything from grandiose tufted or channel style show-stoppers to minimalistic mid-century modern designs. Regardless of your personal style preference, the key thing to remember is to select upholstered pieces consistent with your chosen color scheme.
White bedside table styling with a picture of my grandmother, a modern gold and white lamp, books, candle, and flowers are next to a bed with green velvet headboard and blue and white bedding.  A grey and white mural is on the wall.
Bedside Table Styling with a Picture of my Grandmother

I don’t have access to a workshop or expensive tools. So any wood projects I take on have to be simple and doable with common tools. I replaced our gold canopy bed with an easy DIY upholstered headboard using leftover velvet fabric, plywood, foam, and batting. Installing it directly to the wall eliminates the need to manufacture a way to connect it to the bed frame. I did this by attaching two “D” picture hooks on the back of the headboard.

The low-profile style has a boutique hotel look, is comfortable to lean on for reading, and doesn’t distract from the mural or odd-placed window.

Art over bed is from a local artist in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.  The bedding and rug are in blue and white and a grey and white Anthropologie mural hangs on the wall.
Art Over Bed is from a Local Artist in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
  • Dress your bed with beautiful but neutral bedding- Parisian bedding is more polished, unlike French-style bedding which is known for wrinkly linen textiles. But don’t confuse polish with complex. Keep it simple with tone on tone sheets, duvet, and throw pillows.
A side view of a beautiful bed with blue and white bedding, patterned bedskirt with bullion fringe and botanical art on the wall.
A Side View from the Small En-suite

We updated our bedding with a new duvet set from Hygge and West called white wildflower. The blues were a perfect match and the white background and minimalist pattern couldn’t be prettier in the space. The fabric is super soft and it feels so good to crawl into at night.

Two beautiful navy velvet pillows from Smith Honig are a perfect match and keep bed-making simple in the mornings. The DIY fringe bed skirt and upholstered headboard pull it all together for a bespoke look that’s functional and easy to maintain.

  • Incorporate art into your space – Paris is known for its abundant flea markets with multiple styles and periods of art for sale. Yet the Pandemic makes traveling to local options impractical and even impossible. Thank goodness for Facebook marketplace, outside garage sales, and online art shops for low/no-contact purchases. There’s no excuse for not including art!

Choosing art isn’t solely based on its function. It’s about finding pieces that provide personal meaning beyond its aesthetic beauty. So pick pieces that speak to you and your personal style!

A woman styling a bust on top of wooden dresser with gold pulls, bird art, and plant.
Daphne (the bust) is back in the bedroom!

I’ve longed to use a vintage Audobon bird print and found one perfect for the room at FY! art pictured above. While on their online shop I also found pieces that resonated personally like an image of the famous shrine in Kyoto, a flock of pink flamingos (that remind me of the Fort Worth zoo flamingos), and a cute print of a Japanese bowl full of ramen.

A wall mounted tv is above a white dresser on a white wall with a gallery wall of global pictures in a bedroom.
Gallery Wall Featuring Countries and Places We’ve Been

Some more examples of personal art on the gallery wall are framed train tickets from our trip to Chaing Mai from Bangkok, pictures of Okinawa island, an ink illustration I did while in Japan, and two black and white postcards from a fishing village in Hong Kong. They make a beautiful and interesting gallery wall around our floating tv that brings back beautiful memories.

A floating tv with modern art around it looks great in a bedroom.
Pictures, art, and train tickets from Japan, Thailand, and Hong Kong.

I updated the frame around my Aunt’s painting when I addressed the art in our ensuite bathroom. You can see the bold jewel tones from almost any spot in the bedroom so the bright floral art really needed to pop against the dark green wall.

A small ensuite bathroom featuring jewel colors and bold art.
Bathroom Refresh with a New Faucet and Backsplash
A DIY floating frame around a large floral acrylic painting is hanging on a bold green wall above a toilet and white wall with small gold mirrors and a basket are to the side.
DIY Floating Frame and Thrift Store Mirrors and Basket
A peek into a jeweled tone ensuite bathroom from a bright white bedroom with pops of blue and green in a maximalist style.
Jeweled Toned Bathroom against a White Bedroom
  • Mix new and old furniture – Modern pieces juxtapose beautifully with antiques and vintage in Parisian style.
A French provincial white dresser styled with a pink lotus tassel gifted from Smith Honig.
French Provincial Dresser and Pink Lotus Tassel from Smith Honig

My French provincial-style dresser passed down from my grandmother was a perfect fit. Its creamy finish counterbalances the traditional dark tall chest on the opposite wall and the pink lotus tassel from Smith Honig is an oh-so-perfect detail. Two modern bedside tables finish the eclectic mix.

Updated dresser pulls in champagne gold gives a dark tall dresser new life.  It's styled with a woman's bust, large bird art, and a plant next to pretty light blue and white curtains.  Bright white walls keep the bedroom corner fresh.
Updated Dresser Pulls in Champagne Gold
A modern white night stand is next to a bed with blue and white floral duvet, shibori and fringe bed skirt and a velvet green headboard.  A grey and white mural is on the wall.
Sleek Nightstand and Table Lamp
  • Include books, chinoiserie accents, crystal or lucite pieces, and metallic finishes – Mix the old with the new and inexpensive purchases with splurges, to create a curated Parisian look. This is a design tool that makes your space look like it’s been decorated thoughtfully over time.
Dresser decor featuring a lucite sculpture, crystal candle holders, book, jewelry boxes, and a picture of a geisha on the wall above.
Fresh Flowers from the Garden

Out tabletop styling is more minimal than I’m naturally inclined to do. I’ve been working hard on limiting what I display! It’s challenging with grandparents and friends who weekly peruse estate sales and antique malls, my own love of vintage finds, and all of the unique accessories we picked up living and traveling overseas. If you have too many choices, try transitioning pieces every season to bring in a fresh look.

Minimal bedside table styling in a maximalist bedroom with a wall mural, velvet headboard, and modern bedding.
Minimal Bedside Table Styling

Wow if you are still reading, THANK YOU, that was a lot of details. Check out my Instagram for DIY tricks and even more information about this makeover.

It’s fun to see how far we’ve come since we moved in. Here are some before and afters.

And a huge thank you to these amazing sponsors for making this project happen!

BATHROOM AND BEDROOM PLANS

Bathroom to-do list:

  1. Update light fixture? I’m still waiting on a brand…
  2. Build a floating wood frame for art.
  3. Remove old backsplash, repair, and paint.
  4. Put in ceiling tin as the backsplash.
  5. Replace faucet with modern black faucet.
  6. Paint the toilet handle black. Should I?
  7. Build and install an upholstered window valance.

Another big project was removing the old shower door and using a custom shower curtain but we found out that we may be moving next summer and I think the shower door, for now, would show better than a curtain at an open house.

Bedroom to-do list:

  1. Swap dressers and remove bookcase for a bigger space.
  2. Replace ceiling fan (and two additional bedroom fans).
  3. Repair and paint the walls and molding white.
  4. Takedown bed and use the frame with attached DIY legs for a new bed.
  5. Build and install a new upholstered headboard with green velvet fabric.
  6. Sew and hang curtain panels.
  7. Build and install a window cornice box for both windows.
  8. Replace botanical prints and matting with gray and blue options.
  9. Sew a bed skirt.
  10. Add new bedding.
  11. Install gallery wall around tv.
  12. Hang statement piece above the tall chest and replace pulls.
  13. Style the room.

We actually completed everything!! Wahoo!

kathy

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22 Comments

  1. Very beautiful decor! The mural and dresser were my absolute favorites.. oh and the art in the bathroom, and the rug.. uummm i think i’ll just say all of it was my favorites..lol. great new look

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