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 (:


  1. Ooo, i want a romantic room. i've always like the combination of white wooden furnitures and a vibrant color like teal and pink. that'd be the girliest ever. especially with lots and lots of pillows and comfy seats around the room.


  2. Love this. I truly love that romantic/shabby chic style with a little english rose and french louis the XIV furniture thrown in for good measure. I can't wait to own my own house and have it decorated in my style like this. Mae xx

  3. Mae i am totally with yah! I have sketches of so many different rooms I dont even know what to do with!

    Carrie- wooden white furniture with a bold teal or pink sounds beautiful. Now I am going to go make another sketch with that in mind lol

  4. I just found your blog and I loved looking through these different looks. Especially how you said a room should appeal to the 5 different senses. I never thought of that before. You're a great writer, good luck to your and your bf finding a place too.
    Following you now,
    I'm a stylist with a fashion blog here in San Francisco if you have time to stop by

    1. you comment means so much to me! thank you kindly, for the kind words! good luck to you as well and I love your blog btw!

  5. kool thanx Dale!! i had fun finding these pictures!

  6. I think my room is pretty much like this, but a little less dreamy. But I still love it though, to me it's perfect.


    1. hopefully you can take a few things from it to make it the dreamiest room ever! If you do, I would love some pictures, lady!

  7. such beautiful interiors! i wish i had a space like this to retreat to. so romantic

    1. hells yes! me too! me and you can go in on a summer home somewhere maybe, huh? (:

  8. love your blog, it's great!
    keep it up, and i'll be sure to come back for more!


    1. yay so glad to hear it! I am not here in this blog too much (as you can see) but it will always be somewhere I update from time to time! you can always check out my other blog as well, girl! (I feel weird posting my own blog url on my own blog, lol)

  9. Amazing interiors! Bathroom is fantastic!

    1. Oh I know! I think that may be my favorite! wait! I love the outside space, & the second kitchen are also my favorite! haha! thanx so much for stopping by!

  10. Amazing decoration, very inspiring! <3

  11. beautiful inspirational picture! :)

    Would you like to follow each other?


    1. yeah, sure- I will come check your blog out!

  12. wow! These picts are amazing!! great blog girl! Come by and let's follow each other! Stay in touch ;)!

    1. great! thank you! I will def. check you out! I only post on this blog every know and then so I don't see all of the comments right off the bat, so i will get over to your blog soon!

  13. Who wouldn't love to live in such home!