ROMANTIC STYLE HAS A FADED and nostalgic charm, a well-loved look that speaks of past generations and treasured heirlooms. Minimalism and austerity are out and sentimentality is in; flea market finds and salvaged treasures mix happily with hand-medowns and newer pieces in gentle hues. Fabrics are aged and natural – linens, cottons and muslins – and designs are drawn from the natural world too, with old-fashioned roses and cottage garden flowers being common themes. Rooms are designed to be comfortable and are never furnished like a showcase; rather, they overflow with a fascinating jumble of mismatched collections.
Charming vignettes and interesting displays are essential components of the romantic style. Whether made up of personal possessions, quirky collections or simply things of beauty, they give rooms character and personality. Always include something from nature, such as flowers or shells.
Bedrooms are perfect for indulging a love of fabric and soft furnishings. Have fun, mixing it up with crisp cottons, warm woollen blankets, cosy eiderdowns, gauzy nets and voiles, pretty embroidery, toile, florals, soft satin bows, lace, quilting, ticking and tassels.