Ready for romance
Dreamy interiors you will fall in love with
Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For some, it’s an overly commercial exercise to hike up the price of fresh flowers for the day, while for others, it’s the one day of the year they feel obliged to express their love.
But why limit the romance to just one day?
Colour and texture can play a big part in setting the scene for a romantic interlude at any time of year.
While colour is subjective, it’s a safe bet to steer clear of primary colours and bright whites. Instead, go with muddier hues of soft pink, mushroom and dove grey in the pastel range, or dive into the deep end of the colour pool with sea green, scarlet, midnight blue and even deep purple for a passionate affair.
Keep colours harmonious to create a calming, more inviting environment.
If you’re planning on getting up close and personal with your significant other, a soft throw, cushions or floor rug in chunky wool, gorgeous velvet or washed linen will make you feel more comfortable.
Generous seating, whether formal lounges or relaxed beanbags will enhance the mood.
Aside from the big day itself, fresh flowers can be an economical way to add an air of romance to the room.
If you can’t afford a big display, go for a large single bloom like a magnolia, a lily or even a homegrown rose. A single stem of cymbidium orchids will last for weeks while adding some old world glamour.
Something fragrant such as a gardenia is welcome, as long as it isn’t overpowering.
Light the way
There’s a good reason so many old romantic movies include a scene in front of the fire.
Soft lighting, whether from an open fire or a few well-placed candles can create a relaxed atmosphere conducive to declarations of love.
If you’d rather not have an open flame, the new generation of flameless candles are both inexpensive and highly effective. Group them together for more impact.
This is definitely the time to ditch the overhead pendant lighting in favour of pools of light from well-positioned table and floor lamps to create a cosy spot to talk.
If you’re struggling for inspiration, look for it in the past.
While old houses with their patterned ceilings and iron lacework may have a headstart, you can pick up the pace with a vintage-inspired wallpaper in old lace or an old poster advertising fashion or travel.
February 11, 2017
Soft textures and a wall finished in Eco Chic Suede Effect by Dulux create a cosy and inviting environment in harmonious pastel colours. Fresh flowers and the best bed linen you can afford, like this selection from The Home makes the bedroom somewhere to linger.
From the decorative fireplace to the retro-style velvet chairs and drinks trolley, this room by West Elm (above) has a romantic air. Elitis wallpaper (below) makes a statement in passionate purple.