When many people think of romantic design, they are automatically flooded with images of pink flower prints and lace accents. While these thoughts may be appealing to some, it is not all there is to romantic design. Before you cover every inch or your home in frilly throw pillows, consider the following forms of romantic inspiration.
Romance is Generally Color Blind
A romantic look is not restricted to a specific portion of a full color palette. Any color that strikes you (and your partner) as romantic may be appropriate for your space. Some people find deep tones, like burgundy and navy, very romantic, while others prefer softer pastels. Certain people may even find white to particularly romantic in that it feels clean and fresh.
Materials are Key
Your choice of fabrics should promote a feeling of luxury, similar to the style of Juan Pablo Molyneux. Focus on options that are soft or silky, like velvets or satins. Quality cotton can also be quite comfortable.
They key is to stay away from fabrics that are not pleasant against the skin. For example, the idea of having a burlap covered pillow may work great in a country living inspired space, but it is not the most comfortable fabric to come in contact with.
That does not mean it cannot be used, just that it should be used with care and on the appropriate items. For example, it may be great in an armchair, but may not be ideal for a loveseat that may host romantic interactions.
In the principles of feng shui, your rooms should be designed with easy conversation in mind. Keep some of the furniture away from the walls, and place at least the front legs of chairs and sofas on soft rugs. Make sure your rugs are soft underfoot to help keep the spaces comfortable.
By keeping the seats fairly close together, it encourages interaction between partners even when they are not sharing the same loveseat or sofa. If you happen to be able to focus the area on a fireplace, then that can add a lovely element.
Control the Lighting
Softer, warmer light is generally considered more romantic than power, cooler light. For example, many people find fire and candlelight to be quite romantic, while the overhead lights in your local big box store are likely much less appealing.
Instead of flooding the area with overhead lighting, choose task lighting scattered throughout the space. Use candles or a fireplace if possible, or use lights that can be dimmed to help create the ideal mood. Look for lightbulbs that are considered soft white instead of daylight, as daylight bulbs lean towards the bluer end of the spectrum and may feel a bit cold in certain spaces.
Don’t Forget Scent
Scent can have a profound effect on our psychological state, especially when it comes to pheromones and scents that mimic those ideas. If you want your home to encourage romance, consider how certain scents make you and your partner feel.
The scents often considered the most romantic combine musky tones with other natural scents like vanilla and other spices. Women may find florals to be inviting, while men may prefer something spicier.
The most important factor is to avoid any scents that you find unpleasant, or that bring forward memories that are not particularly romantic in nature.