Style your bedroom with French concept

Style your bedroom with French concept of apprivois

Style your bedroom with French concept of apprivois


Choose whites and pastels that can lend your room that much needed solace when you go back home after a hard day's work

Apprivoise means 'to tame' in French.Taming something generally indicates submissiveness and domestication. In common terms, it usually implies 'torturing' or 'controlling' someone. But, in the French language, Apprivoise means to connect. In this world of building walls, it is an act of building bridges to link people. Apprivoise means to make a bond with someone who is unknown. When you meet someone for the first time, you are always strangers. Slowly, you begin to unravel your inner selves. You share endearing moments, and become close to each other. And, a bond is formed. You love each other and build it up through small moments of closeness and connection. Similarly, you can design your bedroom with a really warm and cozy vibe.


Most of the French homes have a balcony attached to their bedroom. Most people enjoy a glass of wine or two and look at the roads from their balcony. You can observe nature and all the people around you. It helps to promote Apprivoise. If you stay locked up in a room, without any interaction with the outside world, it could be detrimental for your mental state. Even for introverts, it is necessary to get a little sun once in a while. Contrary to popular belief, introverts don't enjoy small talk, but would apprivoise over the most random topics if given the atmosphere.

Long flowy curtains and huge windows

A signature trademark of French homes is long flowy curtains with huge sliding windows. This looks very inviting. To give your room an artsy touch, you can have white embroidered or lacy curtains. Keep some printed cushions on your bed to make it look more inviting. Open those windows and let those good vibes rush in.

Minimal, organic bed sheets & towels

Having a cluttered bedroom will disrupt your calm. You must clean that space. You can choose organic cotton bed sheets as an alternative to those polyester and mixed cotton ones. They are made naturally through sustainable methods and are free from synthetic additives. Choose whites and pastels that can lend your room that much needed solace when you go back home after a hard day's work. Also, choose bath towels that give you a spa-like, luxury feel and a deep sense of contentment after a hot shower. The key to incorporate more apprivoise in your life is to go for more plant-based/sustainable products. They are safer and help the environment.

Potted plants

Having more greens in your room is an excellent start. It makes the air in your room clean and breathable, not to mention how cute they look. Being a plant mom, you have responsibilities. It makes you grow as a person. So, when you see a stranger, you make them feel welcome, instead of shying away.

Neutral shades

Monotonesand warm tones are a characterizing feature in French homes. It looks very cozy. And, it also has that autumnal fall charm. The French don't like to over-do things. They prefer natural charm over artificiality. So, your walls should be simple. You can never go wrong with warm neutral tones. Add to that a small swing set, and you have the perfect charm of a French house in your bedroom. You can add a collage of your memories, some string lights to make it even more cozy.

(The writer is the Founder of Amouve, organic bedding and bath brand in India)

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