“You know your in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“My whole heart for my whole life.” ~ A French saying used on Poesy rings .
“We loved with a love that was more than love.” ~Edgar Allan Poe
AH! Romance and love!
The word Romantic is marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, remote, mysterious or idealized. Lets face it, romance is glamorous, marvelous, picture book and enchanting…So why not create a bedroom that evokes all that romance is defined by. Allow your heart and soul to be captivated with it’s emboldened and impetuous beauty. Of all the styles one can choose for their bedroom, my very favorite is the Romantic Bedroom. It’s very charisma and magnetism draws me into another world. A world of alluring color, fairy tales, comfort and pure undisturbed contentment. Its my place to dream with my eyes wide open. The romantic room is luxurious and ensures ‘a cozy winters night’ under a snug, ethereal down comforter, accompanied by pleasant and gracious dreams.
The bed and linens you choose for your room will be your ‘center of attention.’ I love to celebrate the style and charm of each room I create. In my bizarro bedroom, I resound the elegance and augustness of the Victorian Era, in which women lived very lavishly.
Whether your bed is a King Louie style, shiny brass, a sleigh bed, rice bed or a bed accompanied by a towering painted headboard, stenciled with epic and glorious roses, the final touches you add to enhance your ‘doss,’ to beget your atmosphere of “Romance,” is entirely up to you.The romantic look is all about taking exemplary and quintessential pieces in your home, (bedroom) and reinterpreting them in your own new and pristine way.
White bedding is a ‘given’ for the look of romance. It’s gentleness and simplicity is therapeutic and romantic, even more so when layers and textures are added. You can add layers of laced or embroidered pillows, a fluffy and feathery comforter, a tailored, pleated dust ruffle and a shimmering pearl white throw draped across the end of your bed. My motto? You can never have to many layers or pillows. 🙂 I adore the story my mom always told about how when she was a little girl, she and her cousins, (on a sleep-over night,) could hardly wait to go to bed…they would dive into a river of feathers upon a momentous antique bed with it’s down comforter assuring warmth and giggles for the night. Literally, (they’d sink) within it’s comfort and gladness. (I bet that was a sight to see.) As they snuggled up, they loved to tell story after story…mostly tales of the south, (especially a ghost myth or two,) and fall asleep in pure reverie.
Mixing dark, rich colors is another way to create a romantic look. Especially burgundy-reds, hunter or sage greens, golds and purple. In our bedroom for our window treatment, I have tapestry curtains, its fabric abounding with an assortment of greens, burgundy, hues of rose and gold . Along with it, I have used a textured, gold taffeta textile. (Very romantic.) I have always favored tapestry as it is so colorful and opulent. This fabric was legendary and prominent in the Victorian era.You can add this brilliant, kaleidoscopic designed material through pillows, foot stools, drapes, swags, table runners, bed spreads and wall hangings. (Even teddy bears.) (I actually have the cutest tapestry bear that often finds his home on our bed, amidst all the pillows.
Some other ideas to bring your romantic bedroom alive are faux painted walls in warm tones, elaborate crown molding, cherub angels, Victorian picture frames, an antique vase filled with dried or fresh roses, candles, alluring wreaths, winsome tea sets, decorative hat boxes, a display table with vintage lamps, cameos and pearls and antique hutches where you can show off your bath soaps, body sprays and monogrammed towels. Heavy, elegant toiled curtains enhanced by wispy, soft white lace sheers, ethereal, whimsical white canopies atop your bed or perhaps displaying a romantic nightgown and bath robe hanging upon the door of your armoire.
Lastly, I wanted to share a few sensational romance novella’s as well as some beautiful, soothing music. (What I call ‘romantic music.’) Whether you are enjoying your romantic bedroom, country cottage atmosphere, Shabby Chic or Nautical themed bedroom, music is a wonderful addition to your secret hideaway. My husband loves our bedroom but I always tell him that if something were to ever happen to me, I know he would make HIS BEDROOM a Ralph Lauren, manly kind of room. 🙂
Music to listen to.
Andrea Bocelli “Sacred Arias” with Myung-Whum Chung.
James Galloway, “The Enchanted Forest.”
IL DIVO, LIVE at the Greek Theater
Kimberly and Alberto Rivera, “Deeper Still.”
“Classics by Request,” Victoria’s Secret. (Series of five with the London Symphony Orchestra.)
When I asked my husband his ideas about music for a romantic room, he sang the song, “I am to sexy for my shirt…to sexy for my.”…(just kidding!) (OK, he really did.) 🙂 He explained to me that men think differently about romantic bedrooms than a woman would. He was so sweet to say he would pick music that he felt I would like…(He enjoys it as well, but knows how much I enjoy listening to it.) His picks are Barry White’s greatest hits, IL DIVO LIVE, Robin Thicke and Usher, (some of their music,) 🙂 and any CD’s by Kimberly and Alberto Rivera.
The novels I recommend for relaxing as your all nestled upon your ‘dreamy bed,’ are ,
Nicholas Sparks, The Guardian
Danielle Steels, The Ghost
Jane Austins, Pride and Prejudice
Sherryl Woods, “About that man.”
Any novels by Dorothea Benton Frank, writing about relationships, family and love…Usually taking place at the beach or the low country of the south.
Enjoy your ‘Secret Hide-away” as you create the room that is within your heart!
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