Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Decorate Your Home With French Daybeds

The French daybed, (lit de repos), is a beautiful addition to any room, bringing the level of sophistication up to new heights. And while most of us think of these pieces in terms of femininity, you might be surprised to know that French daybeds were initially used as resting places for convalescing men. We ladies of course eventually adopted them as a place to be viewed in a state of repose while receiving visitors.

The French daybed is one of the most useful pieces of furniture in any home which has given it a distinguished place the history of furniture design. It provides around the clock serving as a sofa by day for lounging, reclining, or seating and as a comfortable twin bed at night.

Today we are still drawn to this piece and the glamour that accompanies it. That wonderful shapely silhouette will give instant French charm to the room whether your style is Chateau or French Country.

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If you are looking for unique furniture for your living room, the French daybed will give your space instant seating as well as instant elegance.

This fabulous piece instantly enhances any room. The French daybed has that remarkably graceful and delicate silhouette we all love.

Since they are sized for one, the French daybed implies leisure time for relaxing and maybe a quick mid-day nap.

They can also be a place for cozy afternoon reads.

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A charming space complete with a French daybed can also act as an impromptu guest room when needed.

No matter how you decide to use them, a room with a French daybed enjoys a level of sophistication that few other pieces of furniture can provide.

French day beds usually have "foot" and "head" boards of equal size.

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The French daybed is a cross between a chaise lounge, couch, and bed, usually resembling a couch more than a bed.

Perfect in the bedroom, living room, or even a hall, this  piece really anchors a room.

If you decide to treat your French daybed like an actual bed, try dressing up the look with a canopy or other curtained treatment.

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In the 19th century, elegant sofas or daybeds ornately decorated with gilt ornaments and lush draperies were often referred to as “French” beds. I love this fabulous cane version and it's coronet canopy.

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Here is a lovely French daybed with canopy. The look can be very dressy.......

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or casually elegant........

If I were single a French daybed would certainly be my bed of choice.

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The curtain treatment over your French daybed can also be shabby or rustic French farmhouse style.

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If a dash of French country charm is what you desire, a French cane daybed is perfection.

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This galvanized daybed looks great in a French Country style home. It would also work well with  French Industrial style.

Do you have a large living space to design around? A daybed is a great addition.

When using your French daybed as a sofa remember to toss on a few lovely pillows. Needlepoint of course!!

A French daybed has the ability to transform a space in a simple but glamorous way. How dramatic is this black upholstered gilt one!

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I love to see a French daybed floating in the center of the room.

Alexa Hampton

These daybeds are so functional and can disguise an extra bed as an innocent bystander sofa by day.

A French iron daybed is always a plus for a little or big girl's room.

Transform the look of your space by updating to a French daybed for extra seating.

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Is this not an exceptional French daybed? These pieces are so romantic and feminine. No matter the finish you choose they always take your breath away.

Colorful daybed in the New York apartment of style icon Iris Apfel.

We love the versatility that daybeds offer. They can be used in so many stylish ways.

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When I see a romantic French daybed I always think "what tales you could probably tell".

The French daybed is certainly a unique furnishing and I hope this blog post has convinced you to look for one to add to your interiors.

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