Yellow makes your skin look sallow; green is risky and symbolizes envy. Your palette for romance affects how you look and feel in your bedroom, so select each shade with care. Pastel tones are poetic, and whites and rich creams drift across the space like dreamy clouds. But add a bright or deep accent to even the most delicately tinted bedroom to counter the ephemeral with a touch of the solid and the enduring.
Pink Is Peachy
The rosy light of dawn makes everything seem soft, new and glowing with life. The pink-to-peach spectrum does the same for your skin. Legendary interior designer Mario Buatta favored peachy apricot walls in a romantic bedroom layered with pink-and-white check silk drapes, scalloped floral print four-poster bed canopy, medium-peach wall-to-wall carpet and lots of cream with subtle touches of gold. Pink itself can be subtle but dreamy when walls are color-washed in blush, a background for amorous touches of red in throw pillows or slipper chair upholstery. Line lampshades with deep pink silk to conjure up dawn's early light anytime of day or night.
Gilding the Lily
The princess in the fairytale had flowing locks of spun gold and gilt mirrors reflected the idyllic excess of Versailles. Gild your bedroom to evoke magical enchantments or liaisons dangereuses, even in the suburbs. An ornate scrolled headboard edged in metallic gold carved wood and upholstered in cream-and-gold patterned damask works with creamy walls, a gilt chandelier, heavy cream drapes and bedding with gold trim and delicate antique bedside tables. Search for a stand-up mirror with an elaborate gold frame or a large pier glass to mount on one wall.
Lavender and Lace
A bedroom as charming as an English cottage garden is a study in lilac, lavender and vanilla, with checks, stripes, chintzes and cutouts to pile on the pretty. Paint walls the softest hint of lavender; make the bed in lilac sheets and pillowcases deeply edged in lace, cover most of the hardwood floor in a pale purple and cream Aubusson or oriental carpet. Add shiny cream silk taffeta drapes with a narrow lilac stripe to puddle on the floor. Park a flouncy, ruffled chintz slipper chair at the antique vanity and toss a few ruched royal purple, lavender and vanilla checked throw pillows on the bed.
Blue is the color of calm, relaxation, dreamy fantasy and love-smitten poetry. Dark blue can be grown-up and glamorous. Paler blues evoke the sky, the shallow waters of a clear lagoon, a sprinkling of wildflowers in a meadow. And blue with a bit of green in it is as bewitching as a tiny robin or duck egg, or a gleaming gemstone in aquamarine. Wash the bedroom walls in clear aquamarine, dress the bed in champagne linens, cover the windows in a film of embroidered champagne sheers under variegated striped drapes in navy, sky-blue, champagne and robin's egg. Hang a chandelier made of ribbon-wrapped wire tiers clipped all around with fragments of poetry inscribed on slips of parchment to flutter in a breeze.
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