Photo: Stanton Carpet – Belcourt
A romantic space doesn’t have to feature frills, fluff and froth. Instead, think of cozy rooms filled with texture, soft color and inspiration. And it doesn’t have to be relegated to the bedroom – any room in your home can benefit from a romantic touch. Here’s how.
Color of Romance
Romantic shades go beyond your typical pinks and lavenders. Soft, muted shades including neutral grays and whites, along with pastel tones can create a sense of calm and serenity in any room. Think of tone-on-tone neutrals for your carpet, fabric-covered furnishings and walls. Then add pops of color (either bold or pastel) in your accessories, from pillows and rugs to artwork and vases. Gold and silver, especially brushed versions, can also contribute to a romantic feel.
Apply Some Texture & Pattern
For a romantic look in any room, layer on lots of texture and pattern. Try lush velvet throw pillows, mixed with a patterned rug. Traditional patterns like florals, damask and chinoiserie definitely up the romance factor. And nothing says snuggle up and cuddle like a faux fur throw. Especially in neutral color rooms, added texture and pattern can provide that extra bit of luxury.
Light Up the Night
Also layer on lighting, from overhead, lamps and candlelight. For a more romantic mood, create soft, ambient light with dimmer switches. Traditional crystal chandeliers definitely evoke a romantic feel, but also consider more contemporary light fixtures in brushed gold finishes.
It’s All in the Details
Beyond the soft color palette, little details can make all the difference in a romantic room. Bookcase and table-top accessories, along with artwork can round out your romantic feel. Consider incorporating some of these details in your space:
- Fresh flowers
- Sparkling accents like crystal and glass
- Touches of gold and/or silver
- Wallpaper (throughout the room, just on one wall or as a backdrop in a bookcase)
- Furnishings with slipcovers, skirts or tufting
Need more romantic room inspiration? Check out these ideas from House & Home.