February is the month of love and romance, and while we traditionally think of bedrooms as being the most romantic of spaces, you can incorporate romance into any part of your home.
Romanticism began as an art and literary term, referring to the 18th century movement that embraced freedom, emotion, nature and individual imagination. It was a reaction to the classist norms, and scientific and industrial advancements. Interiors at this time were heavily influenced by the Romantic movement, particularly in French and European design. Romantic Design is defined by these four principals:
Our emotions are triggered by our senses. Touch, sight and smell are integral elements in Romantic Design. Soft and luxurious textiles such as velvets, silks and wools, sinuous lines in furniture, layers of lighting, the smell of fresh flowers and candles all evoke emotions. This space also blends Eastern and European design elements to create a room that is timeless and romantic.
Spiritualism, mythology and mysticism are common motifs in romanticism. This dining room draws imagery from past styles including Gothic, Greek, Classicism and Asian. The Eastern imagery, Greek Klismos chairs, Classic urn, Baroque mirrors, and Midcentury table blend into a beautifully romantic space that defies time and challenges our imagination.
A reaction to industrialism, Romanticism embraces individual thought and moves away from the homogeny of industry. In this space, a custom-built headboard upholstered in eye-lash fabric is a playful frame around this medallion, creating a surprise element unlike anything to be found on a showroom floor.
Nature is the truest embodiment of Romanticism. While the poets and artists found their muse in their natural surroundings, romantic interiors are lush with flowers, foliage, rich woods, birds and animals. This gorgeous bathroom uses plants, foliage-inspired wallcovering, stylized light fixtures and natural light to create a romantic bathroom that is luxurious and fresh.
But mostly importantly, romanticism is about self-care and feeling a deep connection to your space. Nothing says romance more than this delicious nook filled with texture, luxury and light. What better place to spend with your book and tea?
About Tran + Thomas
Built on the foundation of a 30-year, family-owned Interior Design business, Jill Tran and Carmen Thomas opened Tran + Thomas Design Studio in 2011 bringing a combined 36 years of experience to their projects. They work on both residential and commercial projects across several styles. Interested in their services? Call (913) 268-9595 or schedule a consultation below.
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