Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t add romance to your home year round. Soft pastel colors, sheer and lace textiles, curvilinear furniture, architectural elements, mirrors, and aromatic scents all add a touch of romance to your home decor. Check out some ideas below on how to create an inviting, relaxing, and intimate ambiance in your home with romantic home decor.
Soft color schemes such as pastel blues, dusty pinks, pale yellows, and creamy whites add a touch of romance to your rooms. Blues and greens are ideal colors because of their naturally soothing and calming tones. Soft muted colors on your walls, furniture, or accessories feel gentle and intimate compared to bright vibrant colors.
When adding romantic elements to your home, don’t forget to cater to your sense of touch. Look for soft or gauzy fabrics such as sheer or lace curtains, plush chenilles or velvet fabric for your sofa or headboard, silk or linen for your bedding, fluffy cotton bath towels, and opaque shades on lamps for a soft luxurious glow.
Lighting helps set the mood in a space. Dimmer switches on your lamps, chandeliers, recessed lights, or pendants allow you to control the brightness of lights. Bright light is the enemy of intimacy, so install dimmer switches (hardwire or plug-in) to provide just the right amount of light for a romantic dinner in the dining room or a sensual massage in the bedroom.
Scent is a powerful mood enhancer and can provide an intimate setting. Use scented oils such as lavender and fragrant candles to create a relaxing and soothing feel in your home. Add freshly cut flowers such as lilies or daffodils and lightly scented plants such as herbs to introduce naturally attractive aromas.
Highlight architectural features such as moldings, mantels, ceiling beams and coffers to create an atmosphere of romance as seen in Parisian elegance and luxury. Replace your fireplace mantels or add ceiling medallions to imply an alluring charm and romance to your home.
Furniture with graceful curves add a gentle touch to a space. Add a chaise, accent chairs with curvy legs, or a Four poster bed to your bedroom. “Four-poster beds are great if they are simple in their scale because they visually create a natural center in a room,” says designer Darryl Carter. If your focal point in any room is a piece that conjures a feeling of romance, such as a gorgeously dressed 4 poster bed, the whole room will feel more inviting and intimate.
Mirrors lend a feeling of luxury, glamour, and romance. You can place an oversized large floor mirror in your bedroom if you have space, or hang one large mirror above a mantel in your living room. Layering mirrors in various styles, shapes, and sizes gives an additional level of charm. Gilding a mirror suggests old-world charm, and the romance of the past.