Features of Romantic Style Home Decorating
Wall Color. Romantic style home decorating, which can add a soft, feminine focus to any room, starts with wall color. In addition to white walls, pastel colors of pink, yellow, green or blue are included in the romantic style of decorating. Floral wallpaper or walls painted in vertical stripes of white and a pastel color may also be used.
Furnishings. Romantic style wood pieces tend to be more ornate, with curving lines. Wood furniture may be stained or painted in light shades, like off white, minty green or pickled with just a hint of white. Drawer fronts can be enhanced with decoupage pictures of flowers or cherubs. A large fern in an oversized bird cage fits in with romantic styling.
Fabric. Fabric colors can be light shades of pink, green, yellow or blue, and white is always a good choice. English floral design, toile or chintz can be used for draperies or upholstery. Lace, ruffles and pieces crocheted from thread or embroidered are used abundantly.
How to Use Romantic Décor
Living Room. The television and stereo equipment will be contained in an armoire. The sofa may be covered in pastel, striped or floral fabric and have large, soft pillow. Small pillows, covered with lace or pastel/floral fabric, may also be on the sofa or added to side chairs. The floor may be carpeted in a light shade, possible creamy white. For wood floors, an area rug in a pastel color, broad stripes or an ornate floral design ties together a seating area.
Dining Room or Kitchen. The crystal chandelier may be draped with white, clear or pastel colored strings of beads. The dining room table may have two coverings, one in a floral or solid pastel that reaches to the chair tops and a second, shorter table cloth in white or lace is placed on top. Silver or China serving sets grace the buffet. Behind glass doors of the china cabinet an occasional folded lacey napkin hangs over the edge of a shelf. A decorative piece of china or small picture will rest on the napkin. The kitchen may contain a white or light green painted wrought iron Bristol table and chairs. Drawer pulls and knobs may be glass or ceramic.
Bathroom. Pastel or white towels rolled and placed in a shallow wicker basket can rest on the floor near the tub or shower. Delft blue jars or small bowls may contain bath salts, bar soap or make-up items. A large bathroom can enjoy a lavishly beautiful crystal chandelier while the smaller bath can use crystal wall sconces to carry on a romantic decorating style. Candles in silver or glass holders appear on the vanity and tub edge.
Bedroom. Draperies or valances may be small checks or floral toile in pastel shades. The same fabric can be used to cover a duvet over a white bedspread. Decorate shelves or dresser top with small, silver-framed pictures. Pull romantic style home decorating ideas from the other rooms to complete the theme.