Oo la la! When it comes to interior style that is “très chic”, our neighbours in France really have got it down to a fine art. Plus, with low prices on products from The Bath Co., you really can create a bathroom that is truly “magnifique”!
Last week, we ventured to the coast for our bathroom trend inspiration, but this week we’re heading a little further afield, across the English Channel in fact, for a look that has a real Gallic flavour to it.
The French have a reputation for being both fashionable and elegant, so it’s no surprise that this year, we’re seeing plenty of French influence in interior design.
One trend we’ve noticed, that we feel will be big in bathrooms, is the French Floral look. So why not add a certain je ne sais quoi to your décor by reading on…
What is French Floral?
The first thing to say about French Floral is, that the style is very light, so it might not suit shared bathrooms, where a balance may need to be found. It is very much all about creating a glamorous retreat in the very heart of your home. Somewhere you can indulge yourself in a touch of pampering and be Marie Antoinette for an hour or so.
The floral aspect of this style comes through in a variety of ways. The most obvious being the use of real flowers within your space, but the look can also be achieved by introducing floral patterns to your décor. Flock wallpaper, floral motifs and mosaics are all great ways to get this theme across.
French Floral is certainly a traditional style, which utilises classic designs, colours and patterns, to create a timeless look and feel. Unlike some traditional styles, which promote darker interiors, French Floral will bring a bright and airy feel to your bathroom. Think Palace of Versailles-sized mirrors, and you can understand how light can be used to your best advantage.
With all this in mind, we’ve created our own French Floral bathroom.
French Floral bathroom
French Floral in a small bathroom
Whilst many of us won't have a bathroom as big as the one featured above, you can still achieve the look in a smaller space. For example, in your downstairs cloakroom.
You could even incorporate a shower enclosure in an ensuite or small bathroom.
Handy hint: See our Small Spaces hub for more great small bathroom ideas.
The perfect products for a French Floral bathroom
Why not start creating your own French Floral bathroom today? Here’s what we chose:
The pièce de résistance for your bathroom, our Elegant Elsie freestanding bath will provide the ultimate in relaxation. With its ornate ball feet, and slipper bath design, providing a modicum of privacy, this bath truly lives up to its name. This bath will bring Parisian style to your bathroom.
A classic bath demands a classic tap, and there is nothing more elegant than the Coniston shower bath mixer pack. Sparkling chrome standpipes and a traditional telephone style shower mixer tap will add to the luxury look. Let the “eau” flow with this classically-styled combination.
With exquisite panel detailing, the gorgeous Camberley ivory vanity unit comes with a vintage-inspired ivory finish to complement your French Floral colour palette.
Keeping with the classic theme, the Camberley high level cistern toilet stays true to the period look and feel, and comes with beautifully detailed chrome brackets.
To add a more dramatic appearance, we’ve added our Solen 5 light bathroom chandelier, giving a more ornate feel. The light reflecting from the cut glass interplays with the mirrored finishes for a bathroom that sparkles. This chandelier is specially designed for use in bathrooms and comes with is IP44 rated.
Handy hint: Find out more about IP ratings
The perfect finishing touch, to help keep your French Floral bathroom clutter free. These gorgeous ceramic containers from our Le Bain accessory range, are ideal for all those little accoutrements that make your space unique to you.
French Floral colours & textures
If you’re looking for a style that requires big bold colours, this isn’t it. The French Floral look uses a subtle colour scheme, with beiges, neutrals and nudes being the most suitable shades. The key is to keep things feeling light and bright, but not overpowering. Primary colours can be picked out using your floral accessories, and the beauty of this is, you can change your accessories to suit your mood, the time of year or even to commemorate a specific occasion.
It doesn’t really matter what type of materials you use for your walls and floors, but the idea is to keep it light. Dark woods are a no-no, but panelling is a great way to bring this look to life.
Add soft furnishings in the shape of rugs and seating to provide a gentle, lighter feel to your overall décor.
Propping for French Floral
Propping for your French Floral bathroom can turn into a really fun activity, as you hunt for those perfect elements that will personalise your design. With the right accessories, even a bathroom in Preston, Paisley, Portrush or Pwllheli can be transformed into one that wouldn’t be out of place in Paris.
Here are just a few ideas you could try:
- Ceramic jars for storing your beauty products
- A birdcage, purely for decoration
- A feature chair with fine upholstery can be used for sitting and pampering or as additional storage
- Draped curtains simply scream opulence
- Your favourite bathroom scents
Shop the look
Isn’t it time you lived “la vie de luxe” with the French Floral style? There’s no better time to shrug off that tired old bathroom and breathe new life into your home. Start shopping for your new bathroom suite today.