To nurture romance we have to feed the senses. No matter what personal style you might favour, whether it be shabby chic or thirties glamour, or Scandinavian cool, it’s important to forget colours and patterns and furniture for a moment, and close the eyes and use the imagination.
1. The Sense of Touch
In my mind nothing beats the feel of cool crisp sheets against the skin. Freshly laundered and smelling of the garden air. The feeling of sinking into a comfortable bed with soft upholstery and duck down pillows. The softness of a deep pile rug beneath the feet. Cotton, velvet, silk, linen and fur all spring to mind. Natural fabrics that are soft to the touch and convey a feeling of extravagance.
2. The Sense of Sight
Morning sunlight streaming through a window. Billowing curtains, light as gossamer. The soft light of a shaded lamp. The flickering of a candle creating shadows in a darkened room. The sparkle of reflections in a mirror. For me, all of these things make me happy and contented.
3. The Luxury of Indulgence.
I’m not talking about expensive purchases but the small things that bring a smile to the lips. Breakfast in bed on a tray. A bedside table with a single flower, a scented candle and your favourite book. A dressing table with pretty bottles and photographs of your loved ones. A sentimental poem… romantic words… a touch of kitsch. Why not, it’s a private space. A room you can really indulge your fantasies.
The Sense of Touch 1.1 Refresh Agency 1.2 Also Home 1.3 Feather and Black 1.4 Houzz The Sense of Sight 2.1 The White Company 2.2 Tumblr 2.3 Designers Guild 2.4 DD’s own. The Luxury of Indulgence 3.1 The White Company 3.2 The French Bedroom Co 3.3 This is Glamorous 3.4 House to Home 3.5 Refresh Agency