Make room for romance

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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Romance is a funny old thing; it can sneak up on you, hit you like a thunderbolt, or just be tantalisingly out of reach, but there’s one place where it’s all too easy to feel the love – at home.

Rooms which are cosy, cherishing and cosseting are as good as a hug on a cold winter’s day, while those dressed with tactile ‘touch-me’ textures and sensual curves seduce the senses.

Similarly, while love comes in all shapes and sizes, so do settings, and there are several looks to fall for, which could appeal if you’re flirting, infatuated or totally committed to a romantic decor choice.

If all things amour set your heart racing, be inspired this February 14 and use the red of those classic love tokens, hearts and roses, as a decor cue. Pastel pinks and pretty touches are for those with a head-over-heels crush on fashionable boudoir style, while neutral tones, skilfully embellished with decorative accents, are so subtle that they have a timeless appeal.

So don’t wait for love to come knocking – simply romance the rooms!


Forever associated with ‘girly’ girls, those blushing, pink shades are for those who love all things flirty and feminine.

“Pink velvets, shimmering glass and the sheen of fashionable metallics capture the new romantic spirit,” says Stephanie Chen, director of Marks & Spencer’s home division.

“A sumptuous and indulgent collection of statement pieces play a key role in our new collection for homes. Traditional touches in ceramic and lace create a soft, feminine mood, ending on a vibrant range of pretty pastel colour pops in modern digi-prints and chic classic styles.

HEARTFELT TOUCHES: Make a commitment by colouring walls with pale Powder Pink from Dulux’s MixLab, £24.49 for 2.5L of emulsion.


Red’s not for the faint-hearted, as its rich shades can overpower. But allow it star in a pure white room, and it will leave no doubt of your love of drama.

“Red is undoubtedly the most dynamic colour in the spectrum,” says Marianne Shillingford, creative director for Dulux. “We are drawn to it as it attracts attention and promises excitement with an edge of danger. Whether it’s a little red dress, a lipstick, roses or a sport’s car, this colour always has impact.

“That’s because all colours have wavelengths, similar to sound, and each has a distinctive characteristic. As red has the longest wavelength, it could be described in sound terms as mimicking a pounding heart or a beating drum, and stimulates the appetite for everything, including love and passion.

HEARTFELT TOUCHES: A sofa’s a vital ingredient for that classic romantic movie scene; open fire, candlelight and a sumptuous sofa.


Pink, in-your-face reds and frills and flounces will fill you with horror if you’re devoted to neutrals, so instead opt for a refreshed romantic vibe with an edge.

“Subtlety is the name of the game,” says Alison Cork, founder of online interiors company, Alison At Home.

“Just hint at romance with delicate details, such as cream, grey or green floral designs, and accessorise with wooden blocks spelling out the word ‘love’.Tactile and sensual fabrics like velvets, faux fur, mohair and silks will ramp up the snuggle-factor.”

HEARTFELT TOUCHES: Do a supermarket sweep at Tesco and you’ll fall in love with its Modern Romance collection. Photographic floral prints, and rose pink and mint tones are all on-trend, and three gems for the trolley are a Sienna Watercolour Floral Print Duvet Set, currently on sale from £12.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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