When it comes to creating a romantic environment, color is key.
A recognized authority on all things color-related, Kate Smith is a professional color strategist and the creator of sensationalcolor.com.
Look to the softest shades of a color when putting together a romantic-inspired room, says color expert Kate Smith.
The Color of Romance
To create your dream room, don’t limit yourself to shades of pink. Other colors to consider include soft peaches, buttery yellows, and gentle lavenders. And don’t rule out sublte shades of blue as well.
Ask Kate: Romantic Colors
Tips for creating your dream space with feminine flaiir.
- by Kate Smith
Q: How do I make a room look romantic without going overboard?
A: Sometimes a girl just needs to be a girl. But how do you get that feeling without making the room look like it was designed for a 10-year-old child or a 90-year-old grandmother? You can have a grown-up look that says “all girl” without resorting to pink walls and overly frilly lace. Check out these tips for creating that romantic, feminine room you want—without the fuss:
- Color is a key ingredient in styling a room romantic. Tints, which are the combination of any color and white, will provide a light, tender feel.
- If you want to create softness and romance, don’t limit yourself to shades of pink. Other colors to consider include soft peaches, buttery yellows, and gentle lavenders. Don’t rule out shades of blue, either. For example, create a tender, contemporary mood by choosing aqua and ivory—perhaps accented with shades of gray.
- Maintain that feeling of charm by using low-contrast colors that are easy on the eyes and create a relaxing mood. Also look for shades that have the same value, or level of lightness or darkness, to get that gentle feel that makes you want to sit down with a cup of tea and your favorite novel.
- Romantic spaces don’t need to be overflowing with super-bold “look-at-me” prints. In fact, when it comes to creating a soft mood, delicate is one word that should be in your décor vocabulary. Think clean, graceful lines and gentle, floral-inspired prints.
- Another way to evoke an imaginative mood is by using airy, light materials. You might also consider gauzy window dressings or pillows trimmed in subtle edging. Other romance-evoking materials include satins and subtle laces.
You can have grown-up and girly all in the same room. Start using these tips to decorate romantically with confidence.