French country decor has changed over the years from being exclusive to southern France to becoming one of the most popular styles of interior design the world over. This much loved French décor features designs and colors from the nature and charm of old country homes and farms which dot the landscape of France.

If you wish to decorate your home in a style that’s appealing and which uses yellows, golds, reds and soft greens with a splattering of blue, pink and lavender, you should definitely consider going with French country décor. Today you can find boutiques both offline and on which sell all types of items such as designer throw pillows, planters, door mats, French linens and wooden signs which feature a touch of this lovely decorating style.

There is no better way to bring a little bit of France into your home than by placing a few pretty designer throw pillows around that feature designs reminiscent of the French countryside. You could find some real treasures at flea markets like old dressers and shelves and transform them by painting them in flat white so that they look rustic. You could then stencil French country motifs onto them like roosters, grapes and flowers to give them a charming french decor look.

Beds and mattresses are the most important items of furniture in your home, and when you buy a mattress, this could be your most important purchase after your home itself. You will spend more time on your mattress, than on any other item of furniture in your entire home or office. It is not surprising that you are recommended to take time before making your choice, yet many people simply lie down for a few seconds and decide that it’s fine.

You will spend 6-8 hours a night on your bed or mattress, likely longer when you are newly married, and your kids will be conceived on it – perhaps even born on it – and they will then jump and bounce on it as they grow up: all during the 7-10 years lifespan of the average mattress. Should you not, therefore, spend more than just a few seconds in making your choice before you buy a mattress? Here are a few tips to help you choose.

Choosing a Bed

The bed will possibly come with the rest of your bedroom furniture if you purchase a complete set. If not, then you will do as most others do, and buy it separately. It is common practice today for people to purchase beds and mattresses together, but if you do that then do not simply take the mattress that comes with the bed – more on that later.

You will likely choose a bed to suit the general decor of your bedroom and its existing furniture. You might prefer a bed with underbed storage drawers, which are useful for the sheets, blankets and other bedding. Kids tend to use them for toys and books, but we shall restrict ourselves to adults here – although don’t forget that your child will also need a comfortable mattress to sleep on.

The larger the bed, the less likely partners are to disturb each other – but the more room they take and the more expensive they are. Make sure that the bed is suitable for your mattress, and never buy either before making sure that the two are compatible.