The trends for 2013 have a definite continental twist, and once again it’s the French who are providing the inspiration for one of spring’s must have looks.
But whereas last year’s French trend had a provincial cottage feel to it, now we are taking inspiration from the impeccable taste of the French Chateau.
Some of the most stunning castles in the world are located in France, with the Palace of Versailles being widely considered to be the one of the most beautiful.
Paying homage to the stunning interiors of this stunning historical building is the gorgeous Versaille collection of furniture from Barker and Stonehouse.
We particularly like the distressed finish pine side tables with their shaped pedestal legs and a long chunky top which would look fabulous with a trailing house plant winding its way around the base.
The sideboards also offer an ornate appearance with beaucoup de charm!
And no chateau would be complete without a chaise-longue. The Adonia from Barker and Stonehouse is irresistible, with its undulating shape and mystic velvet covering. Either opt for the ‘putty’ or ‘divine’ shades to keep the look tonal, or inject a pop of sophisticated colour with the ‘boysenberry’.
When staying in a chateau, it’s all about the bed, so if there’s one room to go all out in it is certainly your boudoir.
The Versaille Silver leaf bed is reminiscent of the French furniture styles of Louis XIV’s court, with a tall headboard and open foot end. The elaborate carvings, cabriole legs and swan-neck posts reflect his love of art and luxury. The hand carved detail is enhanced by the ultimate glamorous finish of silver leaf. Invest in the ‘Super Queen’ size for the ultimate in decadence.
Alternatively, the Juliet Caned and Painted bed incorporates an exquisite floral basket design that was originally created by Louis XV’s chair maker which can be either caned or upholstered in a range of fabric. The bed posts feature intricate carvings and you can choose the option to have the bed painted in gold or silver leaf.
Carpets in French chateaus are lavish and decorative such as the elegant sepia Royal Axminister –Versailles with its floral scroll motif, or the Exmoor French Impressions which features a delicate motif in subtle colours.
If you want to get the look but a full revamp is not on the cards, smaller items such as room name plates will also help you get a touch a Chateau chic – after all ‘Salle de Bain’ reads so much better than ‘bathroom’!
A big part of the attraction of staying in a French Chateau is the ambiance. We can’t place the South of France on your doorstep, but we can help you infuse your home with that wonderful fresh fragrance found in Toulouse and Loire.
Combining lavender, rosemary and thyme will create a scent which is très français. Either plant them in your garden, or make a window box in your kitchen, which will also provide you with fresh herbs for cooking.
Lavendar oil in your bathtub will help you relax and unwind, and a couple of drops of on your pillow will ensure a good night’s sleep.
All of the products are from Barker and Stonehouse (www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk)