One of my favorite places to be is inside a romantic-feeling home. You feel light, free, and pretty – and most importantly, happy. It’s hard to believe that décor can have the ability to do that, but it totally does. When I’m decorating, I usually come up with a few key feelings that I’m trying to create – and romantic is always one of them. Yes, I live alone. No, I’m not in a relationship. But I still want my apartment to feel dreamy! And now that the fall weather is upon us, I want nothing more than to spend long mornings lounging around in my cozy nook of a bedroom. Here are my tips on how to create a romantic atmosphere in your home!
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1. Use lots of white
White is the simplest of colors. It’s fresh and airy and makes you feel like you can breathe freely. Some would say that deep reds and purples are what feels romantic to them, but not I. Deep colors are romantic in a mysterious way; white is romantic in the purest way. I say white is the way to go. If your walls are already white, you can incorporate it in a different way, like whitewashing your wood doors or getting some soft, white decorative pillows for your couch or bed.
2. Cut some flowers
Flowers can make you feel romance like no other object in nature. They’re delicate, beautiful, and have the loveliest of scents. Before summer comes to an end, cut a few wildflowers down and display them in bunches all over your home. My favorite way to display flowers is with vintage glass bottles of all shapes and sizes.
3. Hang sheer curtains
Sheer curtains are amazing for creating a romantic feel because they offer a bit of privacy but still let the natural sunlight shine gorgeously through. The key to making your curtains feel extra romantic is making sure they’re a few inches longer than the length between the floor and the curtain rod. The extra inches allow the fabric to puddle beautifully on the floor, giving that sensual, romantic feel.
4. Light a candle
One of the easiest ways to create a romantic feel is by lighting a candle. My advice is to take that to the extreme and light a whole bunch. There’s no need to waste electricity when you can light up your entire place with the elegant glow of natural fire. In my apartment I always have at least one candle burning – usually a few in each room. Daytime, nighttime, it doesn’t matter. I use all different scents, too, and burn them all at the same time. I just make sure that the scents I choose are all light and floral, so that they blend together gorgeously.
5. Collect and display antiques
Maybe it’s just my personal style, but I always feel that the most romantic homes are filled with antique treasures. Tarnished silver and old wood offer a sensual feeling that, to me, just can’t be duplicated by brand new materials. The next time you pass by a thrift store or garage sale, stop by for a minute or two. If you’re not used to thrifting, you may just be surprised at how one man’s trash really can be another’s treasure.
6. Live there
A romantic home is not one that’s spic and span with every object in its designated spot at all times. Of course it should be clean, but you want to create an atmosphere that feels cozy and inviting instead of cold and untouched. I love the idea of leaving an open book on a sofa or making a point to leave your bed unmade for the day. A romantic home is one that’s lived in – and easing up a bit on your tidiness rules will allow you to do just that.
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