French Style Bathroom Decorating Tips

There are a lot of different decor styles you can choose from to give your bathroom a pulled together theme that is both attractive and functional but one of the most romantic and elegant is the Country French style. French country bathroom decorating is full of charm. Whether in a small powder room or a larger bathroom, the main centerpiece of style will be the vanity sink. French country vanity sinks come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Not as ornate as grand French design in the style of the Palace of Versailles or some other grand French chateau, a Country French bathroom can become a calming retreat from the world as well as just a place to shower and shave. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. The Walls
Modern tile is too harsh for a French style bathroom. Instead try painting the walls with a waterproof paint using a faux painting technique such as ragging or distressing. Keep paint colors light and airy – creams and pale pastels are probably the best choice.

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Adding just the right pieces of artwork to the walls can help set the tone for the room as well. A great country landscape can help transport you to the land you are trying to recreate or a themed wall border – grapes, roses, even roosters – can also achieve a similar effect.

2. Lighting
Replace modern light shades with older, antique style cut glass ones and consider adding elegant scones to the walls to provide ambient light for relaxing bath times. If you really want to add a touch of glamorous drama you could even consider installing a small chandelier.

3. Fixtures
If you really want to add a rustic French look to your new bathroom replace modern plastic toilet seats and towel racks with elegant wooden – or wood look – ones instead. Replacing modern storage shelves with an antiqued wooden equivalent can enhance the look and feel of the space as well. Even something as simple as switching the plain knobs and handles on a bathroom vanity for elegant crystal ones can make a bigger difference than you might imagine.

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