When decorating a bedroom, it is easy to get carried away. This is especially true when trying to achieve a romantic look. There is a fine line between a romantic bedroom and a tacky bedroom. A bedroom does not have look like a room in the Playboy Mansion, or a honeymoon suite in a seedy Poconos motel in order to be romantic.
This means ruling out leopard-print bedsheets, pink feathers, heart-shaped beds, and mirrored ceilings. Decorating a bedroom so that it resembles the stage from amateur night at Big Al’s Nudie Bar is trashy, not romantic. Sometimes it is easy to confuse the two.
So what constitutes a romantic look? Well, I believe that a romantic bedroom should be tasteful and elegant, yet understated. A romantic bedroom can either be modern in decor, or timeless and classic. Romance is not dependent on a motif, such as Victorian, southwestern, or contemporary; instead, romance is dependent upon the feelings and emotions which are evoked through the bedroom’s furnishings.
When selecting furnishings, which includes everything from pillowcases and drapes to dressers, it is important to remember the three basic elements of design. These elements are form, texture, and color. Form refers the shape of an object; round, square, symmetrical, asymmetrical and so forth. Texture refers to the feel of an object; smooth, fluffy, rough, and so forth. Color is self-explanatory, and can also include the type of finish, such as shiny, metallic, dull, or matte.
In order to create a romantic look, all of these design elements must be in harmony with each other. This is especially true in regards to color, since certain contrasting colors can actually make people feel anxious or uneasy. Examples are blues and reds, or yellows and purples. These color combinations are not conducive to a relaxed and romantic mood. Another mood-killer is to combine too many different textures in one room, or too much of one particular texture. For instance, just because a pillowcase has ruffles, there is no need to incorporate ruffles into every other furnishing within the room.
Often, it is the accessories one chooses for a bedroom which can put the ultimate finishing touch on a romantic look. Again, the key is to not go overboard. My favorite accessories for the bedroom include candles, dried flowers, and decorative throw pillows. They are wonderful in moderation, but too much can destroy the mood of the room.