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20.02 20150

Romantic Style

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s weekend and had the chance to experience some love and romance!

I’d like to talk about Romantic Style. Imagine the fresh smell of white Oriental lilies, with their intense fragrance wafting in the air in your Romantic style cottage. The Romantic Style is a comfortable design style that appeals to the senses through flower arrangements, soft fabrics, painted furniture, or light filtering through sheer linen curtains. When creating the romantic style think about white washed walls, color palettes, fabrics and textures, and cherished items. Here are some things that work well when you are creating the Romantic style.

Furnishings: Painted pieces, small accents with graceful curves and dark or natural wood accessories.

Color: Soft grays, dusty blues, sage greens, antique ivory. All of these colors I’ve used when decorating in Romantic Style. I believe color schemes with muted tones  are best to use to create comfortable and relaxing rooms.

Fabrics: Plush is the word that comes to my mind. Velvets, linens, lace. Soft, supple fabrics, like Egyptian cotton sheets. And don’t forget to add a touch of silk!

Decorative Accents: Bring in silver frames with your loved ones photos. Candelabras or lighting with sparkling crystals. A carved French commode for a bedside piece. Sentimental family objects.

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Love the champagne color velvet and the nailhead trim.

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French dining table with acanthus leaf carving is gorgeous in this room with the white antique linens and antique candelabra.

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Nothing is more romantic than a roaring fire. The beautiful antique tapestry looks lovely hanging on the wall next to the stone mantel.

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I’m a lover of blue and white china. Blue willow, transferware, and flow blue are just a few I’ve collected through the years. In 1824, the Ceramics Act was passed requiring all pieces to have a country of origin mark.

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Beautiful! A grapevine basket filled with the most magnificent color of roses.

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A dining room should, in my opinion, have a beautiful center piece on the table with the perfect chandelier above. And of course, it should have fabulous artwork on the wall. IMG_9966

What a great spot to curl up and enjoy that juicy romance novel.

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Bedding is where I love to go wild with pillows. How about a little pillow talk or maybe a game most commonly played by children but also enjoyed by adults? Let’s have some fun and frolic with a good old pillow fight!

 

All pictures from Better Homes & Garden’s Romantic Styles & The Cottage Journal 2014.

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