Posted on Mar 4, 2010 in Inspiration, Inspiration rooms

I love Paris in the springtime… or any other time of the year, for that matter.  While French-inspired clothing and decorating are popular now, there’s also something timeless and terribly romantic about French decor.  If you’re interested in going francophone with your nursery, here are some theme ideas to get the creative juices flowing:

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)

This classic French children’s book is a great way to tie a literary element into your child’s room. 

  • Aim for the stars.  Star or moon print bedding, bumpers or curtains ties in nicely with the theme and can easily be found in a wide range of colors to fit any nursery’s scheme. 
  • Accessories make the difference!  There are a plethora of sites that offer Le Petit Prince toys, room accessories, and bedding.  Sites like eBay can also be a source for finding those hidden gems.
  • Add accents in unexpected places.  These drawer pulls would add the perfect finishing touch to any changing table.
  • In this cute inspiration room, the walls were painted with a mural of selected scenes and pictures
  • A mural not in your budget?  Consider handpainted artwork featuring the Little Prince.
  • If you like this idea, you might also consider incorporating other French childhood friends into your decor, like Babar the elephant.  Madeline is a great choice for little girls.

Shabby Chic, French Style

The room pictured here is so timeless and classic, but is kept fresh and modern by the use of more contemporary colors.  Click here to see more about this featured room.

Some additional ideas for getting that “French flea market” look:

  • A lot of cribs and toddler beds come in a distressed or tea-stained finish nowadays.  It can add an antique elegance to your baby’s room.
  • Experiment with fabric of different patterns and textures.  Mix and match coordinated florals, stripes, plaids and toile patterns to create a unique look.
  • A wispy canopy or crown, as shown here, can make a dramatic statement.  You can easily make your own with inexpensive tulle or netting.  Or, for a more tailored look, make a pleated canopy using coordinated fabric of your choice.
  • Crystal accents add an instant old world charm.  In the inspiration room above, a crystal chandelier was used.  If you’re lucky, you can find a bargain chandelier at estate sales or on websites like Craig’s List.  You can achieve a similar effect with crystal accents.  Old crystal buttons, drawer pulls or beaded crystal trim around a lampshade or window treatment can create the perfect finishing touch.
  • Give old everyday objects (or, as the French might say, “objet trouv√©”) a new lease on life in an unexpected place – your nursery.  Keep an eye out for treasures such as globes, finials, flowers, birdcages and the like at garage sales and second hand stores.  Antique frames for black and white or sepia toned prints would be a great way to add vintage character to your room, and have the added bonus of being hung high enough to stay out of the reach of little hands.

Oodles of Poodles

  • This inspiration room is beautifully decorated, and should give you some great ideas for getting started. 
  • Experiment with bold colors and patterns.  The contrasting light pink and black in the inspiration room are what give it its “wow” effect.  Aqua blue or a light yellow would also create a striking combination.  Bold patterns like stripes or polka dots complete the look.  
  • Vinyl wall art, such as the ones shown here, can be an easy and inexpensive way to add Parisian charm to your room.
Details, details, details

Not wanting to go french in the whole room?  Small touches can add that special je ne sais quoi to your nursery.  

  • Use wooden letters, boards, or vinyl decals to spell out French words, such as “Bonjour” or “Bonne nuit”
  • Fleur-de-lis can add a regal touch to your nursery.  Try it in a border, or painted over a door or window.
  • French-inspired canvas paintings from Bobo’s Room can be customized in your choice of subject, colors and words to match almost any decor.