Make room for romance

Undated Handout Photo of Digetex Home Love Hearts Mural, �129, supplied in six easy to hang matching panels. See PA Feature INTERIORS Romance. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature INTERIORS Romance.
Undated Handout Photo of Digetex Home Love Hearts Mural, �129, supplied in six easy to hang matching panels. See PA Feature INTERIORS Romance. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature INTERIORS Romance.

LOVE is in the air – and it’s not just because Valentine’s Day is on its way.

There’s a seductive, sensual trend sweeping our homes as we satisfy a yearning to feel cherished and cosy while the cold, economic storms rage outside.

“A new romantic style is emerging which is in tune with the times,” says Sara Norrman, co-author of Romantic Style. “After a hard-hitting recession, many of us are rejecting a frenzied consumerist lifestyle and want rooms that seduce us with their character and comfort.”

There’s no hard and fast rules for this style, according to Norrman.

You can literally follow your taste (and your heart) with looks that are inspired by the theme – whether that’s indulging a passion for feminine florals and pretty antiques, embracing elegant curvaceous furniture and pale, floaty fabrics, or flirting with smooth modern furniture softened by tactile finishing touches.

“If you’ve been struck by a longing to soften up your living space after decades of strict minimalist trends, there’s no need to feel dejected at the prospect of getting rid of your modular sofas or space-age chairs,” reassures Norrman.

“You haven’t got to start from scratch just because you hanker after a prettier place to live.

“There are plenty of ways to conjure this look by using only a few touches, maybe re-arranging furniture or displaying accessories, which will work whatever you live in, from a state-of-the-art new build to a grand Victorian villa.”

Possessions, once shunned as unfashionable clutter, are being welcomed back to the heart of the home.

“One of the best things about romantic style is that it allows you to show off the things you love,” said Norrman.

“Take another look at those treasures acquired over the years that you may have hidden away for fear of failing the taste test.

“These are essential ingredients in romantic settings and work beautifully if they’re displayed wisely.

“Even the humblest items can be combined into an arresting feature, whether they’re collections of vintage china, old postcards and costume jewellery or modern glassware.”