Summer Bedroom Tips – Soft French Country Style

In this post I’m sharing summer bedroom tips that are simple and can give your room a feeling of relaxing calm. It’s my belief that it’s more than possible to have your home look polished and pretty and not have to spend a lot of money. In the bedroom, purchasing quality items (not quantity) is key. They will make you more comfortable (think…a favorite hotel bed!), you’ll have a better night’s sleep and quality bed linens last longer.

summer bedroom tips french country style

The look is here is soft, and what I like to call a French coastal style. There are key pieces in any bedroom and once you are satisfied with those pieces you can build upon it and change things out seasonally. It’s so easy to decorate a bedroom once you have those pieces!


Obviously the largest “key item” in your bedroom is the bed! I love my bed and by changing out blankets, pillows and throws seasonally it’s easy to achieve various looks. There is nothing quite as refreshing getting into a bed that has freshly laundered crisp white sheets in the summer.

summer bedroom tips french bed

All of the bedrooms that I’ve designed over the years have a good set of white sheets. I’ve tried lots of brands and always seem to come back to Pottery Barn for much of my bedding. There is a huge Memorial Day Sale going on at Pottery Barn this weekend…lots of bedding at great price points…check it out HERE! For my summer bedroom the look is pale blue and white, with ticking and toile that is a classic combination! The linen on the bed is a sand color and really shows off these pale colors well.


Serena & Lily bedding

Another retailer where many of my linens come from is SERENA & LILY. They too are having a fabulous sale this weekend with 20% EVERYTHING! Head over HERE and use the code DIVEIN.


summer bedding french country style

You really don’t need lots of layers in a summer bedroom. I keep the blue and white toile quilt at the end of the bed just in case, as the air conditioner can really get cranking at night.

french bedroom with toile

A nice soft rug covers just the part of the bamboo flooring where we step around the bed. It’s a pale grey and has a distressed vintage look, which goes well with my love of all things vintage. A corner of the bedroom has a small stash of vintage items that I’ll eventually sell. We don’t have linen closets in our home, so a cabinet holds extra sheets and blankets. Keeping a room as clutter free as possible helps to impart that feeling of serenity.

summer bedroom style shabbyfufu.com

Sometimes I have a bench or a settee at the foot of the bed, but since no extra blankets are needed I’ve decided to keep this summer bedroom more open.

summer bedroom decorating

Summer Bedroom Tips

  • Keep it light – Use light colors in your bedding, pillows and throws. Remember that if you use white, you can actually see where the dirt is and don’t forget to toss in the laundry every week.
  • Clear the clutter – You likely won’t need lots of extra warmth so put all those extra blankets away. I store mine with lavender sachets that infuse a nice fragrance.
  • Simple accessories – Go easy on the accessories and don’t overdo it with too many. A vase filled with flowers (real or faux, some candles and how about a bit of vintage?

summer bedroom with vintage clocks

I recently switched out my nightstands for a set that has lots of storage. I also think that the rustic reclaimed wood adds charm to the French country style that I love.

On the opposite side of the bed there are 2 sets of French doors that we recently replaced with new. The fireplace mantel has a collection of old bottles for summer and you can see more about that in this post – How To Decorate With Collections.

summer bedroom tips mantel with bottles

The French deconstructed chair in the corner is where I often sit and read or work on my laptop. The mirror brings in some additional light and reflects the pool, depending on where you are in the room. One of my favorite ways to bring light into a room is mirrors and always check what the mirror will reflect before hanging or putting in place. Above all, I think that we need to keep in mind that our bedrooms are where we retreat to at the end of the day. Sleep is essential to health and well being, so keep it light and commit to keeping a neat and tidy space!

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  1. Odessa Graham says:

    This room is what I have based our Master on. We have twin iron beds in ivory, but have introduced larger wood night tables with drawers, topped with clear glass lamps with white shades. I put a light blue rag rug over the carpet, and white bedding with the blue and white bed skirt layered over a white one, and blue and white lightweight quilts at the foot of the beds. I have added a blue cabinet with ivory interior to hold my clothes in baskets. We have soft gauze-like white curtains. The room is small, so there is no room for a chair, which is inconvenient, but there is a small stool tucked into the corner for reaching closet shelf items. Oddly, I have hung three old nautical sailing vessel pictures alongside my husband’s bed, and three floral with birds alongside mine…but it really works. Thanks for being such a wonderful teacher Janet.

  2. What a beautiful room. We are planning a bedroom update in the fall and Going with a French county style. I have pinned this for reference!

  3. So pretty, warm and inviting. Your pictures look like out of a magazine.

  4. You have many lovely ideas, Janet. I like the idea of clearing the clutter, then adding collections and soft textures.
    You have given me so many suggestions that I can apply in my new bedroom.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Always LOVE a blue and white bedroom! And the pillows that you have listed with the grainsack look and pom-poms/tassels… so pretty! Pinned! (Would love to have you join Tuesday Turn About each week, Janet… wink-wink.)

    1. Thanks Julie…I will try and remember to do that ;-))

  6. Love how you shared your summer look. Beautiful! Seasons just call for changes sometimes! I liked that you point out beauty and comfort can be had on a budget.

  7. I love how soft and airy your bedroom is, Janet! I looked up your bed again as I’d like a similar headboard for our bedroom. Very pretty without being too bulky and it is similar to a very expensive piece I saw elsewhere.

    Enjoy your newly refreshed bedroom!
    Barb πŸ™‚

  8. This is such a lovely room Janet, and your three tips are perfect! I’m in the market for some new linens, so this was perfect timing too! Thanks so much for your always wonderful and inspiring posts!

  9. Where are your nightstands from they are gorgeous absolutely stunning, I love the room as a whole everything comes together so beautifully.

    1. Thank you! They are from Nadeau…if you have one in your area

  10. Amanda Aviles says:

    I looove this look it’s so bright and open yet warm and inviting. I absolutely love the nightstands. Where did you get them?

    1. Thanks Amanda! At my local Nadeau store

  11. Love this post. In midst of redesigning bedroom. This article on french country is inspiring. . Where is the bed-frame from?