Photo Gallery: Romantic Rooms
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Experiment with antique furniture in your bathroom.
For a truly luxe touch, install a towel warmer and hang monogrammed towels atop. A dramatic bathtub faucet and antique wood storage brings an elegant look into this principal bathroom.
Create a cosy spot for tea and coffee in your bedroom using a pair of armchairs and an accent table.
In this pale blue principal bedroom, an antique French bed and leggy bedside tables exude dignity and refinement. The grey-blue linen armchairs and chandelier complement the look.
Use pieces of salvaged iron as a headboard and bed crown.
With its brilliant turquoise patina, verdigris is as beautiful and instantly recognizable as shiny copper (its untarnished state). Contrasted with both light and dark purple fabrics and touches of white, it truly pops. Amp up hits of true verdigris by painting out select pieces, like a dresser or side table, in a complementary cool green hue.
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Create the perfect ambience in your home with invigorating scents and soft lighting.
Black napkins folded neatly into rectangles are easy to do and elegantly understated. Black bowls and geometric patterned saucers create a sharp setting.
For a dramatic, saturated look, paint your trim, walls and mantel in the same deep plum-skin purple.
Choose furniture in similarly dark shades, like these two-toned velvet armchairs, inky side table and plum-laced area rug. Muted golds and smoky glass accessories reference the warmer colours of a plum's flesh.
Soften a space with a ceiling-mounted canopy.
Timeless Louis XV-style chairs are painted white and upholstered in a fun mauve hue. Modern bird print fabrics in the same tone pull together the new-yet-old look.
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Layer pillows on a banquette or settee in a kitchen's dining area for an inviting brunch spot.
This DIY artistic look is perfect for romantics. Dip a spoon into fabric paint and, holding it a few inches above the fabric, begin “writing” by letting the paint drizzle onto the fabric. Keep the spoon moving in a fluid motion, as this will produce a script that’s more artistic than tidy. Reuse wine and pop bottles to serve water. A quirky handwritten label adds a quaint spin. On clean, dry bottles, draw text using a small, rounded paintbrush and glass paint. Borrow a little lingo from wineries to keep it tongue-in-cheek: “Flat MMXI” is an enticing alternative to “Tap Water.”
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For a sweet Valentine's Day, use fabric paint to write a love letter on a length of burlap cut to fit as a tablecloth or runner.
Traditional elements combine in this cosy space for reading or entertaining. Light drapes contrast perfectly against chocolate walls. (Dark, rich paint tones create an antiquated appearance.) Skirted furniture — a classic throwback — ceiling millwork, crystal accents and tufting on the sofa complete the look.
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