Romantic Interiors: Creating Spaces to Fall in Love With

Published on 12 June 2024 at 12:16

Interiors that offer their inhabitants the opportunity to take in every moment.

The ideals of romanticising life have become a growing topic of fascination as we all seek greater comfort and understanding from the spaces we inhabit. The concept of a romantic interior builds on the rituals of relaxation and slow living to create a space that encourages you to fall in love with the everyday. It’s interesting to see how we place greater emphasis on how we feel in space alongside its visual and functional appeal. 

Interior designers have already begun utilising various techniques to realise these romantic interiors. Contrary to popular belief, such spaces go beyond candle-lit rooms and rose-coloured hues. These spaces have a unique allure that transcends time and transports us to nostalgic cinematic moments. Together, we look at interiors embodying the essence of romantic living, offering their inhabitants opportunities to take every moment.

The ideals of romanticising life have become a growing topic of fascination as we all seek greater comfort and understanding from the spaces we inhabit. The concept of a romantic interior builds on the rituals of relaxation and slow living to create a space that encourages you to fall in love with the everyday. It’s interesting to see how we place greater emphasis on how we feel in space alongside its visual and functional appeal. 

Interior designers have already begun utilising various techniques to realise these romantic interiors. Contrary to popular belief, such spaces go beyond candle-lit rooms and rose-coloured hues. These spaces have a unique allure that transcends time and transports us to nostalgic cinematic moments. Together, we look at interiors embodying the essence of romantic living, offering their inhabitants opportunities to take every moment.

1. Elevate the experience of texture…

 

Texture plays such a key role in how we experience a space. The feeling of running your fingers over a plush velvet or textured boucle is a memorable one and it helps you sink further into the realms of romance. When designing your romantic interior, consider how to utilise texture to help you feel more relaxed, whether it’s adding a cashmere throw to your sofa or opting for a smooth and sumptuous upholstered armchair.

2. Celebrate everyday rituals…

So much of the narrative around romance centres on self-care. This could be anything from long soaks in your bathtub to burning your favourite candle. These everyday rituals may seem small but curating an interior that encourages you to indulge is essential to making the most of your home. This concept isn’t necessarily new, the Italians call it ‘Bella Figura’ while the Swedes may refer to it as ‘Mysa’ or ‘Hygge’ but all of them share the core principle of taking your time to really enjoy life.

3. Lean into dramatic and dark tones…

Contrasting the opinion that all romantic interiors need to be dusty shades of pink, romantic interiors can eschew sweetness and subtlety in favour of depth and drama. Rich shades of green or blue can work well to wrap around the walls and create a cocoon-like effect that still evokes glamour. Romantic interiors are as much about exciting the senses as they are about offering them respite. When designing your interior, question how your choices of colour work to offer you an escape.

4. Enrich spaces with a soft glow…

Lighting is an essential element in creating the right ambience in your room. Romantic interiors are often carefully considered in terms of the light source they choose and the lighting temperature. Opting for warmer lighting that is softer in its glow is a great way to light a room and harness that candle-like effect. This atmosphere not only allows you to enjoy the interior but also sit back and relax.

5. Construct calm with monochromatic hues… 

Our brains enjoy symmetry and visual stability so it makes sense that monochromatic colour palettes are so appealing to us. Tones that sit within the same colour group offer enough variety that we can feel excited by a scheme but it's their connective thread that illictes a poetic narrative within the interior. By introducing a palette of lighter and darker colours that all sit within the same family, you’re able to create a cohesive interior that still feels romantic.

6. Channel history and heritage into your home…

Celebrating stories of the past through your interior is a guaranteed way to instil romance into your interior. Antique-inspired furniture, lighting or accessories not only add beauty to your scheme but also reference narratives of craft and history. We can choose to be inspired by these objects and the romanticism that they embody, whether it be from an aesthetic or material perspective.

 

 

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