The home is where the heart is and whether you are creating a romantic feel or a loving space for yourself or you and your family, make sure your home is inviting and filled with things that you love.
Don't hold back from showing your personality with photographs of family & friends, plants, animals, books, artwork and decorative items, these reflect your capacity to love and care for things, your interests as well as your ability to keep something alive! All bonus points in anyone’s dating agenda. No need to clutter spaces; even a few personal items carefully placed can have a positive impact. Having cherished possessions like this around you, can also help with your general well-being.
Low level lighting rather than bright over-head lighting is much more flattering and gentle; lamp shades with linings in soft pink or gold give a warm, magical glow. Light candles with subtle scents to help with relaxation and tranquility. Choose sensuous textiles like cashmere throws, linen fabric. wool & silk rugs with tactile furniture in warm woods & tones of golden distressed brass. Walls with a hint of pink, are very complimentary creating a wonderful rosy, happy, positive feel to a room. Antiqued mirror is a romantic nod to the past, creating interest & adding reflective space to a room on furniture or walls.
For bedrooms serenity is key; charm the senses with soft colour palettes, keeping it simple in no more than 3 colours in various tones with the occasional contrasting finish & fabric for interest. If you like patterns choose large blooms of florals, my favourites are from Bennison Fabrics, Sandersons and Colefax & Fowler. For more of dramatic effect; oriental style fabrics with a black background in cotton are seductively stylish. Mixing smooth silks, crisp cottons and pretty florals induce calmness, feel sensuous and reminds us of nature encouraging fulfilling, soundless sleeps.
Indulge by investing in fabric walling in silk or linen to create a wonderful feeling of being cacooned in quietness, safety & elegance. Beds & windows with sheer curtains are the ultimate in romance; with soft dapples of light and breeze filtering through feels wonderfully freeing, perfect if you want to keep spaces open but with an element of privacy. Beautiful, well made lined and interlined curtains with a bit of extra length are cosy and luxurious enhancing an overall feeling of harmony. Click the link to our website for more inspiration on romantic bedrooms www.rachelniddriedesign.weebly.com
A crystal chandelier or wall lights are pretty and elegant dimmed to create soft patterns of light. The bedroom should remain a sanctuary so keep televisions to other more social areas in the house.
To maintain that sense of serenity a bedroom is best kept tidy and stress free, avoid having too many cluttered objects on display. Soften wardrobes with upholstered or wallpapered panels in a subtle textured pattern, adding interesting details with gorgeous glass or metal ironmongery. Warm wooden flooring with rugs and sheepskins or invest in a good quality wool carpet. Antiques and painted furniture are romantic and add personality to a space. Also think about your choice of artwork and how it is placed in maintaining your soothing environment.
Creating a romantic, loving home is just as important whether you are single or in a relationship. Once you have filled it with warmth and love, sense the harmony and let the romance begin.
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With the anticipation that this year is going to be an exceptionally splendid year, here are my top tips for New Year design resolutions, to help you achieve a super chic & stylish, relaxing home with oodles of character for 2017.
Set your design goal
Be more decisive and don’t over think it
Indulge in a bit of bad taste
Face lifts & feel goods
Remain open minded
Wishing you a very happy new year with brave and bold design decisions for 2017 & less clutter.
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Author - Rachel Niddrie
Winchester based Interior Designer. Sharing my design experiences, likes and loves and all things I find beautiful, useful and inspirational in the world of interiors