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  • How to choose the right French style bed for you

    When it comes to French style beds, choosing the right one for you and your sleep space can be tricky. There are many different designs to choose from - all of which exude French style and flair.

    To help you suss out which type of French bed would best suit you and your home, keep reading.

    Create an authentic vibe with a rattan

    If you’re keen to give your boudoir a totally authentic French vibe, perhaps a rattan style bed is the best match for you. This type of bed boasts a large, curved headboard and footboard, as well as beautifully carved sides, allowing you to make a true style statement in this room. Look out for designs with intricate detailing at the tip of the headboard and legs for a little extra ooh la la.

    Usually, rattan beds are made from strong, sturdy materials, such as solid oak or oak veneer, complete with a soft sheen lacquer finish. Aside from rustic wood shades, we offer rattan frames that have been painted in hues like pure white and soft ivory - the ideal colour choices if you’re looking to give your bedroom a fresh, clean look and feel.

    Keep it classy with an upholstered design

    For a French style bed with class, why not go for an upholstered design? This style of frame often features a soft, padded headboard which has been covered in luxurious fabric. In most cases, the fabric will look ‘buttoned’, giving the bed a stylish and sophisticated appearance. At Crown French Furniture, we also offer frames which have been designed with both an upholstered headboard and footboard section - the perfect choice if you want to transform your bedroom into a boudoir.

    Aside from the upholstered element, this style of bed usually features a wealth of other stunning features. You can take your pick from designs with sloping headboards, as well as models with beautifully curved legs and sides.

    Make a statement with a carved antique model

    To create a charming, classically French bedroom design, a carved antique model is your best bet. With elegant carved detailing on the headboard, sides and footboard, this style of bed frame is traditionally French in appearance.

    So that you can get your decor spot on, look out for designs that have been painted white and have been gently aged to give the frame a slightly distressed look and feel. To complete the room, you can pair the bed with other Provencal style pieces, such as an antique themed wardrobe or bedside cabinet.

    Combine old and new with a venetian bed frame

    If you like the rustic flair of French decor but you’re keen to keep your sleep space looking cool and contemporary, a venetian bed frame could be ideal. The shape of this bed provides a vintage look and feel, while its high mirrored headboard and low footboard exclude modernity, giving you the best of both worlds when it comes to combining old and new.

    The mirrored effect of this style of bed frame can help uplift darker rooms, while adding an element of elegance and sophistication. Venetian style beds are perfect when matched with similar furnishings, such as a mirrored bedside table, chest of drawers or dresser.

    Which style of bed do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

  • Luxury!

    The main focus on furniture is the balance between beauty,  practicality and comfort . That is what French furniture can achieve and that is how you create the luxury feeling.  There are no limits on what furniture you have, it's literally all down to personal preference. This is why i love french furniture because of the different styles and how unique the designs are!

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    Some of the best and most luxurious  hotels in the world go for a traditional french design, because of their gorgeous carvings and beautiful antique finishes! Additionally, the quality is just tremendous with a huge variety of french style furniture and designs for everyone.

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    Some might say, hand carved to perfection... French furniture gives you the feeling of luxury and comfort all in one go. Each piece and collection is unique with different carved designs, finishes and details.  This is becoming more popular over the years and can help to produce different atmospheres within your interior.

    French carved design

    The chateau range is an example of a unique collection of classical French furniture with many traditional features. Highlighted with a light patina for an aged appeal and finished with an antique white colour. Which includes very intricate carved details to create a sophisticated  atmosphere.

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     There is something out there for everyone!

    fern xx

  • A spring to remember

    Spring is just around the corner already, 2018 has started so quick and hopefully everyone is sticking to their new year’s resolutions! Spring is perfect for creation and new designs because the sun light will help highlight any features you want to pop in your interior. Whether that be accessories placed to catch the light or to capture a colour scheme you want to come through.

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    To really catch colours in the light this spring is more bright and floral, it jumps out at you and brightens up the whole interior for a tranquil setting. This is a very colourful season and often is the most creative, it could even set your interior design up for summer!

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    A hot trend in spring is more of an indigo blue or more of a refined coastal look, but this colour could possibly be overwhelming or too much for a whole room decoration for a number of people. But maybe simple accessories such as vases and flowers in this colour could even liven up the room.

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    A gorgeous addition to the dining room is the Pembroke dining table for an “aura of sophistication.” Magnificent for a spring collection with a warm oak colour that really helps capture the light.

    pembroke_french_painted_dining_tableWe offer a lot of ranges and collections of furniture which all have spectacular designs and are excellent quality. But one range stands out amongst all which is the Camille. Produced from Oak veneers with a traditional and French design but can still go beautifully with a modern interior. Perfect for this spring, the Camille is an alternative to having bright and floral colours, giving a more peaceful setting whilst still capturing the light. A design like this can still make your interior pop in spring and can carry its charm over to summer as well.

    Make this a spring to remember.

    Fern xx

  • Winter chills

    The temperature is dropping, are you staring to feel it? I’m already starting to add my fur throws on to my bed at night for that extra warmth! It’s already freezing and we all just want to be all snug in and outside our homes. As much I love summer and basking in the sun, I am actually looking forward to winter because I can start bringing out my nice silky jumpers and coats!

    Winter lake

    An exquisite colour scheme for this winter is grey, it’s a magical and fabulous colour which adds extra cosy feelings to the house. This can be used for your home accessories or furniture to create a soft balance. To be honest I also love grey because it is more neutral and tranquil and it just suits winter due to the elegance of it.

    Grey interior design

    A beautiful grey collection we have, is the Malvern range with very smooth carvings. However, this colour is a very light and a gentle grey but still looks absolutely fabulous. Why not have a sneak peek at our Malvern Extending Dining Table with a combination of rustic oak wood and a fabulous smooth off- grey finish.

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    Texture is crucial for winter, whether it’s using accessories, furniture or anything in your house! There are wide collections of furniture and accessories to choose from to help bring a colour scheme or layout together. Just adding that little something to your home could really make a difference.

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    The winter chills are really here and this year is going so quick, Christmas is around the corner so don't forget to stay warm this season! Winter is coming.

    Fern xx

  • A new comfort

    Most beds are absolutely stunning but finding the right one can be hard, we all have different tastes and styles. But I have a few astonishing beds that really could catch your eye! The quality and beauty of these beds really does stand out with their unique designs and patterned frames, so a new comfort could be truly found!

    Comfortable

    A bed of comfort, is fabulous bed indeed. The Yasmin upholstered French style bed really does not hold back with its beautiful Beech wood and soft distressed highlighting creating magnificent scenery in the room. Some great ranges to match this with is the Beulieu and Chateau range due to the extraordinary antique white finish, these hand carved beds seriously do not let people down. A gorgeous buttoned bed in a luxurious dusky blue crushed velvet, don’t worry this can be the centre piece to any bedroom with a sense of sophistication.

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    Moving on to the Etienne Contemporary Upholstered Bed, this is more of a classic designed bed that has very minimal, subtle and intricate designs. A smooth bed that is crafted by magnificent craftsmen and really puts the emphasis on the classical design, this features a warm linen neutral fabric. Honestly, it gives me a sense of luxury just looking at it and it also matches the Chateau range.

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    However, sometimes it’s not all about the bed, adding a little something to your bed could really get the bed looking a bit more luxurious. A bed throw could be one of them and now winter is on its way so the temperature will probably drop, maybe we will even get some snow… So, getting all warm and snug in your bed is essential.

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     The Beulieu and Chateau range has some gorgeous finishes for beds and some magnificent designs that are worth looking at!

    Fern xx

  • Expanding and Outstanding

    Recently we have been expanding our ranges and allowing more niche items to exist within our favourite collections. We have introduced single, smaller beds as well as more eccentric and decadent designs.

    Quality

    Expanding our range means finding pieces and craftsmen that will be able to withhold our lofty standards for our customers. At the heart of our catalogue is the fusion of comfort with style and our recently added pieces embody this desire.

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    Take a look at our new single bed, this is a big step for us as previously our beds have been exclusively doubles or higher sizes. Through dealing with many customers, we came to the decision that it was time we supplied people with a more flexible bed, able to fit into rooms with tight doorways into spaces that couldn’t host a larger bed.

    Variety

    Obviously, a large part of furniture sales is having what people want, so we try to cover as many bases in our somewhat bigger than you would expect area of French style furniture.

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    Take our Parisian contemporary pieces, although not a staple piece in our catalogue, it gives you a feel for the variety we try to offer to our customers. Contrast these pieces with some of our more traditional rococo or rattan items and you can see the span of our catalogue.

    Specificity

    Another aspect we have been working on is our niche items, we love these as they tend to be the showstoppers. The items you’ve searched everywhere for and dropped your coffee once you’ve seen it just there amongst our website.

    They wow.

    Fern xx

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  • Contemporary or Modern?

    Interior design is constantly changing and progressing through styles of each era. The beauty of this is that it creates a varied range of crafting techniques and genres of style to choose from. Contemporary can be seen as the style of the time and modern is the newest style.

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    Contemporary to Classic

    All of our ranges were modern at some point, whether that be in 18th century France or today’s England, classical and modern furniture typically embodies the era it was made in. Looking at the best loved classics of today, you can only admire how they were once edgy, adventurous pieces embodying trends and new ideas.

    Essentially, modern is today’s contemporary and a lot of contemporary styles have gone unnoticed simply because they aren’t favoured by a modern audience. Those that are become ‘classics’!

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    What to look for

    Whether you go for the more modern inspired or the cultured, you must theme your interior consistently and avoid jumping between eras … unless you are a master of interior design and somehow pull this off, in which case please send us a photo once you do! So choose pieces which work with the style you have gone for, ideally ones with cultural similarities.

    Notice a lot of our chairs feature cabriole legs which work particularly well with the French inspired tables we offer!

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    Modern

    On to the battle between the styles, this edgy new age design technique will make you feel fashion forward and is to the taste of the majority of people (hence it takes its place as the modern style). It is arguably the more adventurous but offers a greater payout as you could be at the front of the design revolution of the 21st century.

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    Contemporary

    When we talk about contemporary we really mean classic, it is commonly called contemporary because it is era specific yet here we need to distinguish between past eras and the modern era. Alternative to the modern era, our classic pieces boast an abundance of tried and tested culture. They are able to bring such a strong sense of character to a room with familiar styles made famous by their respective eras.

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    You can make it work

    Each era boasts its own style; each has gone down in history either as famed and recreated or simply a period of exploration. It is your choice which you want to be part of, either celebrating success in the contemporary pieces and styles we provide or using them to bring a new sense of life to your interior. Either way, fashion continues to grow and vary so be part of the change and offer us your opinions on the mirrored, modern designs you can find on our website!

    Share your thoughts! Fern xx

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  • New Year New Me

    Starting the year of with a bang can be difficult, with the remains of 2016 lying around and the Christmas decorations reminding you that we’re back to normal life … It can be hard to move past the festive period. Maybe this is why we all relish the idea of new year’s resolutions, it gives us the chance to move on to something better and hopefully 2017 will be spectacular!

    Fireworks

    One of the best ways to celebrate is by lighting up the sky with flamboyant colours and loud noise, our interiors should mirror this extravagant display with new looks and daring combinations!

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    roll in the contemporary!

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    Contemporary pieces scream individuality and exude an exciting presence in any interior, our most appropriate or the new year has to be the Venetian mirrored range as it is unique and offers a divine aesthetic.

    Resolutions

    This time of year, we reflect and begin to acknowledge our flaws (oh so many flaws) but most importantly we imagine our change, our reward for good behaviour. What are we aiming for this year? Diets, finances, seeing old friends? Whatever you have in mind, we wish you the best of luck and hope 2017 brings happy days.

    Jappy January sales!! Fern xx

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  • Snow Is Falling

    Maybe not literally, but nevertheless Christmas is upon us and someone somewhere must be able to see snow, right? Whatever the weather we have something to warm your bones at our showroom in Nottingham. It’s sale time and all of our accessories are flying out of the store so come in and see what we’re all about, we’re sure you will find something you’ll love.

    All Around Us

    By now you must be surrounded by an avalanche of cheer and festivities and maybe there are a few of you thinking they would rather not drown in a sea of multi-coloured lights. I think on some level it gets a little overwhelming for everyone at one point, if not then I applaud you Christmas-to-the-bone fanatics! At the end of it all we have to appreciate the small stress free moments of family time that come between the high-pressure task completing sessions, and obviously cut loose for the new year!

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    With what is essentially a family celebration approaching, and one in which so many cherished memories are made, we can’t help but want to present these in the most elegant ways. Our exquisite washed wood frames are a modern but filled with character and a perfect place to boast your proudest memories.

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    Children Playing

    There are several ways to child proof your home for the holidays, none better than supplying a TV and sticking Polar Express on! Most of us enjoy all the Christmas specials and films that are only relevant for one month of the year over this period, especially the young ones. So, offer a warm atmosphere and a beautiful display with our Tuscany Contemporary Oak TV Unit, with a simple design and a modern aesthetic, this piece would absolutely glow when covered in fairy lights.

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    Having Fun

    Finally, after all of it, we have to cut loose, allow the new year to wave over you and free you from the stresses of December. Start organising your parties, planning your kiss and look forward to our New Year’s Eve blog!

    Happy Holidays! Fern xx

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  • A Spare Bed

    We are approaching that time when we need to consider the possibility of hosting for a few nights and inevitably this will involve some overnight guests. Although the festive season may get us in the spirit for giving it is always a hard task clearing out the guest room and trying to make the mattress propped up on stilts look presentable for your favourite mother-in-law. Amongst the rubble and boxes however is an invaluable asset, space!

    Yes space! Your guest suite shouldn’t be something to bring a sigh when you have left the door open and glanced inside, it should be a trophy, a space to be proud of. Maybe hosting the family "get-together"s wouldn’t be so daunting as well.

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    Lighting is essential; it can create a completely different atmosphere and, for the most part, the trouble with an unloved room is the atmosphere. The wallpaper isn’t modern and the carpet has seen better days but this can be fine-tuned by better lighting and won’t involve tearing the whole place apart!

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    In keeping with upping the wow factor in your smaller bedroom, a beige lampshade works perfectly with a silver base. This is neutral and works beautifully with whatever existing design you have as well as offering a bit of flash! Our horse head lamp possesses a similarly neutral ivory shade and offers a more contemporary appeal whilst our nickel lamp with a beige shade is a classic and gives this classy aesthetic that is sure to bring a bit of life into your guest suite.

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    Your Main Frame

    Onto the main event now, which is undoubtedly the bed, we can’t go too far into furnishing a spare room or we run the risk of overcrowding, so the best thing is to keep it simple. A fresh lamp, a new bed with some warming linens should do the trick but if you really want to hit a home run we would recommend a bedside table just to bring the look together.

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    Single or at most double beds are a must for your spare room, anything bigger and you may have trouble getting your guests to leave! A mini wonder from one of our own ranges is the upholstered French grey single bed which boasts a class and style perfect for settling into a different bedroom. It makes you feel homely and beautifully compliments our favourite guest lamps.

    Morning blues

    Let’s get those spare rooms into fighting condition and make people wonder why they’re going spare in the first place. By the time the morning has come around there will be a few sad faces having to leave your marvellous guest boudoir and you can stand proud over your exquisite creation.

    Fern xx

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