Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Design Styles: Romantic

As a new series showcased on Meet Miss Jackson and I wanted to jump off with my favorite design style- Romantic - This is by far my favorite design style! Me and my boyfriend are supposed to be getting a place to call our own so I want this style to dictate the whole place! I may have to down play just a bit, because I am not sure my boyfriend is into the romantic theme for every square inch. Either way, if I had it my way, this post would be my blueprint! And maybe I can give you some helpful tips to achieve that feminine room you always wanted....c'mon you know you love it too!

I cannot get enough of romantic rooms! When I think of a romantically themed room it's not that I think of chocolates on my rose petals drenched bed, waiting for my boyfriend to come and frisk me, it's more of a style. I think of a light airy, beautiful, decadent, comfortable, feminine room. Here's what romantic means to me when it comes to interior decorating:

when I think of romantic, I think of...
lavish rich decadent light fresh feminine soothing soft

I read somewhere that a romantic bedroom should appeal to all 5 senses.With that in mind, along with some other things i've learned along the way, let me help you start your romantic room!
So what makes this space romantic?
curved legs big soft rug inviting all white canopy soft natural lighting neutral tones detailed mirror & wall decals ♥ 

white cabinetry detailed cabinetry fluffy drapes it's very feminine too with the pink colors not the most romantic room of them all, but I like it anyway

ok so this is more of a country/romantic kitchen but my dream kitchen is country/romantic. They have some of the same qualities: Less is More, Lots of comfy seating, White cabinetry

lots of comfy seating lots of white washed windows chandelier natural lighting white & neutral tones curved faucet I also love the black & white tile! It is so classic!

Lighting: Soft, Low & Relaxing. Scented candles are my best friend. I can tackle a lot of elements to achieve a romantic design. A delicious scent, along with a soft glow. Think of any lighting that will make you relaxed. Natural light, candles, lamp with a nice shade that will tone down the lighting

.calm pool cool colors inviting all white canopy soft artificial lighting sun set

. natural lighting curved furniture: headboard, end tables the fabric upholstered ottoman soft glow of the candles big beautiful rug ♥  neutral colors       

Colors: A basic rule of thumb when it comes to decorating any room, is to match textiles & patterns instead of colors. If you are going to match colors, use the same hue for each color. If you want to go with all one color, use all different hues of that particular color. For romantic rooms, you wanna go for softer colors, to achieve relaxation. I like the idea of pastels and muted colors, along with some white.

Your going to want something that is going to be soothing. Somewhere you wanna just take a load off and fall asleep! I know alot of designer's may say an important element of any romantic room would be all white/off white fabrics. Neutral's and white's do bring a sense of comfort but I think that the key word in there would "soothing" rather than "white". If your eye catches something soothing and it's not white, throw the white rule out the window! I think if there ever was a rule to soothing colors, it would be nothing bright! leave the brights out! Studies also show that purple is a a relaxing/calm color- that's the color of my room (:

Flowers: This is where I would go color crazy! Flowers are simple and romantic and make the room smell really fresh. This is an obvious one, flowers scream romance.They aren't only romantic to anybody that was born on the earth, but also feminine. Flowers bring a beautiful color to the room and also a great scent. I think they are a great way to bring another layer of color in what is a somewhat neutral room.


Fabrics: The more fabrics the merrier in romantic rooms. So that means big, long drapes, lots of pillows, big soft blankets (down comforters), canopies, huge area rug- How ever you wanna incorporate. If you had the money, (I dont) silk would be perfect for a romantic styled room! If you are broke like me, we can both just buy a couple small silk throw pillows. Every romantic room should have silk!

So think: silk, pillows, drapery, big soft rugs, etc click here to learn how to pick out a good/inexpensive rug.

Windows & Draping: Lots of them! as with any room, but esp. with a romantic one, you want to be able to control the light that comes into the room. Weather your window(s) is open or closed and how much light you let in or out.You want to be able to feel completely relaxed and the room should make you feel like you can stay in bed all day! That's where to drapes come in- you can leave them open or close them obviously.  Windows will obviously let the fresh air in. Weather you have 1 small window or plenty of big windows, dont forget the drapery! A romantic room should have lots of flowy fabrics.  The bigger and thicker the drapes, the better- it gives the room that extra comfort & richness.      

quick tip: When installing your drapes, hang them as close to the ceiling as you can get. This will draw the eye up which in turn makes your room look and feel much bigger & higher than it is.

--If your window don't go all the way to the ceiling, hang your drapes up there anyways. This will draw the eye upwards which in turn will give the room a more roomy feel to it.

Curves are sexy: Im not talking about a bean bag chair (unless you like them, then go for it!) I mean curvy furniture. Legs on a desk, lamps, chandeliers, furniture legs, molding, or anything else for that matter. Try to stay away from straight lines. Think of those as more masculine.  Anything curvy or round brings a feminine element to any room.

Candles:I prefer scented candles just because the better the room smells, the more likely you are to relax in it and enjoy your surroundings! Also the light the candle gives off, dim and soft lighting, will put you in that mood your wanting out of the room.

Add Embellishments. As the old saying goes diamonds are a girls best friend still holds true when thinking about a romantic room. Adding them to a picture frame, or even re-vamping the chandelier you already have by hitting it with some white paint & hang some tear-drop crystals on to it. Trust me, you can be-dazzle anything you want (: Just don't go over board, like I probably would.

Detail, Detail, Detail!: I dont know if this is just my particular style or what, but I think im gunna add this rule, simply because it's my blog and I make my own rules here, as you should too!

Rules: There are no rules! If bright colors are relaxing to you, then go for it! Any of my rules are meant to be broken if you want to. They are more or less just guidelines for you along the way- they are suggestions, and you are human and im not your mom. You can do whatever you like!

*quick disclaimer* I went to school for Architecture & Interiors so this is something I was always passionate about, and now I know I thing or two to tell you guys about (: