Sunday, December 27, 2015

Decorating With French Boudoir Benches

If you are looking for just the right accent seating for you hall or entryway or maybe French flair at the foot of your bed, a French boudoir bench may just be the answer to you decorating dilemma. These benches provide a visual impact that does not depend on their minimal size. Don't let the name Boudoir bench cause you to relegate them to the bedroom.Tuck these wonderful French benches into any area of your home for added charm and chic elegance to your decor. Whether you place them in an entryway, hallway, under a window, as a group seat at the dining table, or at the end of a bed, the classic French boudoir bench is proof that something functional can be truly beautiful at the same time.

Entrance Hall at Osterley Park via Farrow & Ball 

Sometimes referred to as an Antoinette Bench, this intricately carved antique boudoir bench is a nod to classic French style. Perfect at the foot of a bed, in the living room, or entry hall, this versatile piece is fit for it's namesake Marie Antoinette.


This classic French style boudoir bench delivers serious style to just about every room in the house. Original pieces are difficult to find and delicate for daily use, but you can enjoy the same classic designs in quality reproductions.


Recreate the style of an elegant boudoir by adding a French bench to your bedroom.



For a more modern, contemporary bedroom a distressed wood French boudoir bench with intriguing details and Old World glamour will provide classic European design and a grand flourish. 


Paolo Moschino

A boudoir bench is so practical. Not only can it be used as seating or a place to lay things, it can convert to a makeshift table by removing the pillow. Pull up a couple of chairs and have tea or coffee.


This elegant French bouidoir bench has everything we love about Louis styling, including gilding, caned sides, and fluted legs crowned in carved florettes.

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The term boudoir is derived from the French verb  "bouder" meaning to sulk, and originally was a ladies room for sulking in. This French Antoinette style boudoir bench is fashioned in chintz and it's elegant design features a padded frame and scroll arms.



Everything about this boudoir bench from its curvaceous silhouette to it's cabriole legs, commands attention.


Luis Bustamante's stylish, symmetrical, classic and modern bedroom is greatly enhanced by this single piece, the boudoir bench.


Bunny Williams uses a French Antoinette bench at the foot of a beautiful French bed in this delicately all over patterned bedroom.


With the look of a French antique, hand-carved floral motifs, and hand-caned seat and sides, this bench brings classic, graceful charm to any living space.


A French style bench also provides great seating in a living room as well. This French apartment's interior is enhanced by the pop of purple in this velvet bench.


Your bedroom will look more colorful and beautiful by using boudoir benches as you decorate. A bench is a great way to bring in color, texture, and pattern and give layered warmth to your space.


Use a French boudoir bench to fill up that small space with a bit of French flair.


Set an boudoir bench under a fabulous French table in your foyer or hall.......

Tracey Ayton Photography

.....or as an accent against an expanse of wall to be used as extra seating if needed.

Ballard Designs


Not only can it be used as seating, but if you need to maximize the space in your home, you can store  baskets and other items underneath.

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Sophisticated and elegant doesn't mean stuffy or uncomfortable. Go for modern elegance by choosing a chic print for your boudoir bench.


French boudior benches are the iconic vanity seat.


This small tufted French boudior bench brings eye-catching appeal along with extra seating to the room.


Set a French style bench under a piece of artwork and instantly create a focal point. This space demonstrates how well these classic benches work in more modern traditional interiors.

Bennett and Judie Weinstock | Photography by Billy Cunningham AD

The French boudior bench is totally feminine and works perfectly in this pretty patterned bedroom.


The beautiful carving and lovely silhouette of these benches make them so desirable.


I love the Louis XVI long boudoir benches and how they always brings a casual, chic aesthetic to any room. This one is 19th century and features richly carved side rails and upholstered seat with down cushion and bolster pillows. Set one along a wall or anywhere a comfy bench is needed.


The long Louis XVI boudior bench will run along almost the entire width of the bed. Just be sure the sides of the bed show at least a few inches on either side. This will give you a  framing effect.


 The painted and hand-distressed finish, linen upholstery, and Louis XVI styling will give this boudior bench an air of relaxed elegance in the bedroom or sitting room.


This bench features fluted legs and carved rosettes that lend a distinctly Neoclassical aesthetic to the Old World Boudoir Bench in classic Louis XVI Style.


Don't forget that the dining area is another perfect place for a lovely tufted French boudior bench.


Whether you use the bench as a table or seating area, you'll find it’s as functional as it is stylish. 


French style benches offer ample seating with great style and are pieces that can add an air of elegant charm to any room in your home where it is placed.





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