Very often, I have described a space or room as romantic. But come to think of it, what does that mean? What exactly am I saying when I say that? Now, please note well, I am NOT talking about pink rooms with rose petals stewn about, or rooms with kinky decor ;) … I’m talking about something more emotional, more subtle.
Since the Valentine’s day craziness seems unavoidable (thank you internet), I thought it maybe an appropriate time to explore this question.
From a design standpoint, what makes a room romantic?
To find out, I decided to study some images of spaces I would tag as romantic and looked for common elements. Take a look at the images with me:
Do you think these rooms have a romantic feel to them?
Even though each space is quite unique, do you notice any common interior design elements?
I do. Here’s what I see:
1. A touch of nostalgia: it seems there needs to be something in the space that is reminiscent of a time past, such as antique furniture, rustic weathered materials and textures or classical patterns.
2. A calming effect: the soft and moody colour schemes set the perfect one for a calming, quiet effect that I think is crucial in achieving the romantic look. Additionally, avoiding too many straight lines and edges, and opting for curves and organic shapes also encourages a softer, calming environment.
3. A hint at fantasy: this one seems crucial to me. There needs to be at least one aspect of the space that is luxurious, overly beautiful or somewhat dramatic. Something that flirts with your eyes, such as glamorous metallics, luscious fabrics, exotic patterns, ornate details or fancy embellishments. Some of these rooms have lots of fantasttical details, but just one can suffice. For example, that amazing oversized branch in the last image is almost fully responsible for the romantic feeling of that hallway – would you agree?
So, do you share my definition for the style of a romantic room or do you see something else?
Till next time, spead the love folks!