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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!

  • Reflecting on the year

    As we approach the new year and 2018 comes to an end, we thought we would reflect on some extremely beautiful ranges added to our website that could inspire you in 2019. To be honest this year seems to have gone fast and it feels like 2 weeks ago I was lying in the melting hot sun whilst having a cold refreshing drink. Now I’m in my 2 furry coats scrambling for warmth!

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    One of our personal favourites is the Louis Philippe reclaimed furniture just because of its remarkable simplistic and elegant design with imperfections in the wood. I find it rather intriguing since it displays a natural beauty within the room, giving a sense of a traditional cosy household. Using natural wood imperfections has grew in popularity this year and became quite trendy, giving off a timeless classic French design that matches a huge amount of settings they are placed in. Ranging from modern to traditional homes.

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    Now if we are really reflecting on the year, then we have to add one of our gorgeous mirrors to this collection so we can really get a reflection… Yes, that was cheesy, I know! But take a look at this fabulous Chantilly dressing table mirror which can be finished in either a beautiful light grey or a luxurious white. From my personal perspective, the white is my favourite colour due to it being more eye catching and standing out in the room. It creates such a tranquil ambience! Now I’m not saying the grey is a bad colour for the mirror. This colour has its own unique qualities by tending to blend into its surroundings more and can also be a centrepiece on top of your dressing table.

    Chantilly dressing table mirror

    Linking to the mirror, the whole Chantilly range is just marvellous and is finished in a sophisticated antique white or light grey colour. Perfect for most settings, it is crafted from a solid pine wood that will add an opulent touch to any room. In any season, this collection adds their own warm touch to the room and continue to stand out all year round which is why I just had to talk about this lovely design and range.

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    Finally, we also want to thank everyone for another amazing year! We have loved interacting with all of you whether its been through social media, reviews, customer orders or even this blog page. You have all been a huge help to us this year and we will continue to aim  to make you happy and satisfied with our services. We want to keep inspiring you and your interior designs by helping out the most we can. Our team also appreciates all the support you give us!

    Thank you

  • Christmas: Let it Snow!

    This is how you feel walking into our showroom right now! Honestly, we are not exaggerating, our team have outdone themselves with this year's Christmas spread! We've always aimed to put out our accessories and Christmas pieces as soon as people start to think about the festive season. The main reason for this is that you need time to plan, have ideas and execute them. So come into the showroom and see what inspires you this season, colour schemes this year appear to centre around more sparkly atmospheres, golds, silvers, hints of pinks or greens.

    We can also announce a beautiful display of our new four poster, Juliette bed. See last month's post for a run down on why you should come see it in person!

    But back to Christmas! Or the run up to it at least. We have baubles galore! Some nicely hung from our ceiling to create a starry night feel above our displays.

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    Others are settled in little buckets at the front of the showroom, a little pick n' mix of high quality baubles can be seen at Crown French Furniture this week.

    Aside from the Christmas tree decorations we have a few beautiful trees for sale. We decided to sway away from the classical design as we always try to offer our customers something new and different to the high-street.

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    Just take a look at the simplistic design of this all white tree, it's absolutely beautiful and strays from the evergreen trees to a much more wintery feeling bare tree. As you can see, it is complimented by decorations just as well as your typical tree

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  • 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

  • Autumn vibes

    Sadly, we have to say goodbye to summer soon, the days are starting to get darker, the leaves are turning brown and soon we will all be preparing for winter. Seriously, where has the time gone because summer felt like it lasted 5 minutes…

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    However, this is the perfect time to start thinking about your household furniture and decorations for the upcoming winter. I’m not saying buy furniture now or you are going to be too late! But it’s a good idea to start thinking about it for the cold months. To be honest I love these months as much as I love summer because it means I can snug down in my bed again. But I will miss my tan obviously!

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    One particular bed I like and is the Versailles Gold Leaf French Button Bed which is hand finished in a beautiful genuine gold leaf, and complemented with real silk upholstery. This bed suits the upcoming months with its beautiful and chilled atmosphere it provides. It can catch your eye magnificently.

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    I don’t just think it’s all about the furniture though, little things such as bed throws are perfect to start thinking about. It is going to keep getting colder and getting warm in bed is priority! Throws can act as an extra layer or just as something to keep your feet a bit warmer. It’s about the looks as well because throws make beds look absolutely fantastic and welcoming.

    ThrowWe hope that your Autumn is wonderful and you get the Autumn vibes!

    Fern xx

  • Spring in Your Step

    Certain to bring a smile to your face is the arrival of spring! Easter eggs are lining the shelves and the chill of winter is beginning to subside. We adore our seasonal rhythms here at Crown French Furniture, not only because it goes hand in hand with new pieces for our catalogue but because it inspires change everywhere!

    Colour Schemes

    We go on about colour schemes because they are always changing, not just with the seasons but with the trends. This offers a flow of fresh ways to decorate your interior and keep things exciting!

    Bright floral colours that jump out at spring. Bright floral colours that jump out at spring.

    Spring is the most creative of the seasons in our opinion, it entails a vast range of vibrant colours as well as new ways to play with them. Many uses of colour just aren’t as well loved in the colder or even hotter months, one of our favourites is pastels. Being able to decorate with light toned colours allows for a whole new interior to emerge, multiple colours can be combined within an interior using pastels as they don’t become over engaging or contrast too strongly.

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    Layout

    Every so often everyone decides to rearrange the furniture, most people hold unwritten rules such as the head of your bed being away from the door but whatever you abide by, it’s nice to see a change in our environment. With spring cleaning coming along it also allows some thorough dusting and reorganisation.

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    For a freshness to a room, look at shuffling the seating or the position of bookcases, nothing too major but it will feel like a new room from an alternative perspective.

    Lighting

    Use the new found sunshine to highlight any features you want to pop in your interior, whether that be accessories placed to catch the shine or a bigger piece with a beautiful colour you want to come through.

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    Fern xx

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  • Trends: Christmas Décor

    There is no other time in the year to litter your home with reds, greens and snow. So make the most of this small festive period and be ready for when it hits! Decorate your home in the most wild and wonderful way with as many accessories as you can muster and always add more sparkles.

    Tree Etiquette

    The centre piece of every home should be a tree, assuming you are celebrating Christmas, and it truly needs to be celebratory. There is nothing worse than a half done, half tired tree, so add your own personal flare to your holidays with a few home-made pieces. Most importantly there has to be something edible, maybe it isn’t the classiest decoration but it adds a sort of innocence to the tree. Even if you don’t have little ones to hunt for it, you can still create a traditional, personal feel to your tree with a few gingerbread men or any shape they happen to come out as!

    Some of our beautiful Christmas accessories! Some of our beautiful Christmas accessories!

    Obviously for those going for that glamorous, Vogue Christmas, you’ll be tempted to steer away from the personal touches and go for the classic store bought silver or gold to make your tree festive enough to blind someone. Although this look can be stunning, it has been played out and anyone is able to achieve it, why not test yourself this year? Try your hand at creating a wow factor that is individual and unique, mix things up with one off decorations and a colour scheme to blend with your interior or even your wrapping paper if you want to create a spectacular Christmas scene!

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    Big Things, Small Packages

    As important as the trees are the gifts check out our We Heart It account for some wrapping ideas (link below). As always, we love the personal touches and hope to bring that into the presentation of our presents. Get creative and use rustic paper with a homemade wreath to give a very festive and traditional vibe.

    Check out this beautiful wrapping at "the culture trip"! Check out this beautiful wrapping at "the culture trip"!

    There are lots of individual ideas to be found online with several interesting guides tailored to each individual, even blackboard wrapping, so take a look around and make your something special extra special.

    Merry Christmas

    At the end of it all it only matters how much fun you have this year, and if that involves a bare tree and a few Christmas cards then who can say you’re wrong? Make sure to enjoy yourselves and embrace the spirit that brings people together this time of year!

    And a happy new year! Fern xx

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  • Saying Goodbye to Autumn

    Seeing the trees bare and feeling the bitter chill of the morning frost has shocked us out of Autumn and straight into winter, although we have a few weeks before we fully enter the season it isn’t hard to feel its presence in the iced over cars and your breath floating in the air. Whatever the weather, it is time to start preparing for the winter to come, but most importantly saying farewell to the Autumn of 2016.

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    Goodbye Halloween

    It has been an exciting autumn for us at Crown French Furniture with a vast increase in our collections, see our Halloween blog “Carving Pumpkins” for a few of our additions! Not only this but we have begun our Christmas celebrations, we have to start early to ensure we can have everything available to our customers before it’s mid-December and everyone’s in a Christmasy panic.

    Some of our beautiful Christmas accessories! Some of our beautiful Christmas accessories!

    Is it out with the autumnal colours though? I don’t think so, the Winter colour schemes are fairly simple and can be created in small additions, such as adding pale white candles to give a cooler atmosphere, and so the autumnal colour scheme can live on within this, besides, it would be a shame to move on from such a beautiful season so abruptly.

    autumnal bed Our Sophia bed with an autumnal theme

    Goodbye Foliage

    As always we lose a great deal of the greenery around this time of year and although we do get to see the spectacular colours of the leaves and the trees we are left with bare trunks and lonely looking branches. The colours of our towns and cities change dramatically and we are often without greens, our winter nights have a cold and moody backdrop, which is not always a bad thing! It’s all part of the changing seasons, but for now, enjoy the multitude of colours and the brightness of the streets!

    May be seeing more of these fox-gloves in the coming months! May be seeing more of these fox-gloves in the coming months!

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    There’s way too much to be happy about in the Winter time to spend time missing Autumn, but at the end of it all, it has been a spectacular season and hopefully we can bring the same delight to our customers in the coming months!

    Looking forward to this ... fingers crossed. Looking forward to this ... fingers crossed.

    Watch this space! Fern xx

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