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Style inspiration for romantic interiors

Banish winter blues with shades of taupe and plaster pink, and layer up with textiles and decorative antiques for a timeless, romantic look. Feature Selina Lake.

Published: January 21st, 2022 at 1:00 pm
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Style your space with florals

After months of being used for work, rest and play, our kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms have begun to feel uninspiring. With spring on the horizon, it’s time to show your home a little love. Flowers of all kinds, from fragrant narcissi and hyacinths to joyful dried blooms such as hydrangea heads and gypsophila can transform a space. Gather vases, jugs and planters and team your floral arrangements with favourite antiques to create vignettes on window sills, tables and dressers.

Styling with flowers
Weathered paintwork on wooden furniture adds real charm to the humblest piece. Choose flowers and vintage accessories in colours that blend together for a softly pretty look.

Faux hydrangea in soft pink

winter styling ideas

Buy faux hydrangea in soft pink from Fox Flowers (£24 per stem)

Floral wall print

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Buy floral wall print from Angel & Boho (£25)

The Frances bouquet

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Buy the Frances bouquet from Bloom & Wild (£45)

Handmade natural dried flower wreath

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Buy handmade natural dried flower wreath from Etsy (from £40)

Eichholtz caliente vase

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Buy eichholtz caliente vase from Sweetpea & Willow (£205)

Strip back your interiors

Tired of your surroundings but not ready for the expense of redecorating? Stripping away the old wallpaper can be an exciting half measure: bare plaster has a timeless appeal and is the perfect backdrop for art, antiques and vintage pieces of all styles. Make an audit of the smaller decorative elements you own and swap some of them out. Cushions can transform a sofa – look for bright colours, contrasting textures and embroidery. Lampshades are another quick fix: choose glass or ceramic, or fabric with tassels.

Old plaster has a timeless appeal, bringing to mind the faded grandeur of stately homes. Make the most of it while you decide what to do next when redecorating

Vintage light

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Buy vintage light from Rothschild & Bickers (£550)

Rose wallpaper

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Buy rose wallpaper from Cole & Son (from £4)

Coral floral patterned silk damask curtains

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Buy coral floral patterned silk damask curtains from Lassco (£2,500)

Fan of coral? Find out how to decorate your home with coral pink tones.

Oli ruffle pink linen cushion

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Buy Oli ruffle pink linen cushion from The French Bedroom Company (£47)

New romantics sofa

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Buy new romantics sofa from Angel & Boho (£1,855)

A recipe for romance

Now, more than ever, is the time to make use of the things we love, and usually save for best. Months of lockdown have taken their toll on our culinary repertoire and the simple pleasure to be had from a cosy meal at home. In these first months of the new year, elevate the everyday and use beautiful plates, cutlery and table linen whenever you can. And if it’s a romantic meal, add candles to complete the mood. Look for sconces, as well as candlesticks, to suffuse the room with candlelight.

Circular dining tables are convivial and can feel more intimate than a square or rectangle dining table

Green ribbed hurricanes

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Buy green ribbed hurricanes from Graham & Green (from £12.95)

Copper leaf wall sconce

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Buy copper leaf wall sconce from Graham & Green (£24.95)

LSA International gio gem tumbler glasses

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Buy LSA International gio gem tumbler glasses from John Lewis (£45)

Pink leaf tablecloth

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Buy pink leaf tablecloth from Sarah K (£50)

Anna + Nina metallic candle holder

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Buy Anna + Nina metallic candle holder from Anthropologie (£26)

Beautiful bedroom decor

Reclaim your bedroom as a place of rest and relaxation. Rethink your storage and perhaps invest in a beautiful chest of drawers or linen chest – pieces that are not only practical, but ones that will also give you pleasure. Luxurious bed linen in fine cotton or linen might feel like an indulgence, but higher-quality textiles last and last, often improving with age. Look for pretty, vintage eiderdowns to layer on top; not only will they look gorgeous, but they’ll also provide extra warmth in chilly February and March.

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Anna Hayman Designs pearl pendant shade

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Buy Anna Hayman Designs pearl pendant shade from Rockett St George (£295)

Raspberry bedtime bundle

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Buy raspberry bedtime bundle from Piglet in Bed (£212.40)

Beautiful slate velvet cushion

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Buy beautiful slate velvet cushion from Curated Living (£35)

Larsson chest of drawers

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Buy Larsson chest of drawers from Neptune (£1,100)

Pink Champagne zari quilted velvet bedspread

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Buy pink Champagne zari quilted velvet bedspread from The French Bed Company (£240)


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