In EM Forster’s A Room with a View, Lucy Honeychurch travels to Florence with her dusty older cousin Charlotte and falls in love. Leaving the palazzos and the sullen city skies behind, they picnic in the woods with English tourists from their pension. Whilst Charlotte gossips, Lucy goes in search of her friend Mr Beebe, only to stumble across the brooding George Emerson alone in a field of fleurs:
“George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven. He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped quickly forward and kissed her…”
To-die-for, right? Pure unadulterated romance. The violets beating against her dress. The sensory overload and the intensity of moment. It’s somehow intrinsically English and conversely decadent. This is how I feel about the next installment in the Dulux Future Trends (2014) series (!). *sigh*
With its decorative aesthetic, the Romantic Spirits references art nouveau and the arts and crafts movement of the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries. It assumes sinuous lines and classic curves. It’s all floriated ornament and organic motifs. But, most importantly, it’s concentrated desire.
Is this love?
THE ROMANTIC SPIRITS
Each of Dulux’s colour schemes inspires a fresh and original approach to your interior style. Contemporary artist Geoffrey Carran sees colour trends as “cyclic by nature like weather patterns and seasonal change. People like to manipulate their spaces to elicit that change.” His palette for the Romantic Spirits infuses your home with voluptuous sensuality and old-world glamour.
Carran drew on the dark seductive palettes of the Dutch Realists in the creation of Romantic Spirits. He contrasted deep brooding tones with crisp spearmint and warm metallic hues to evoke an intimate yet playful ambience. Gold, pewter and grey highlights break up the deep navies and moodier shades, adding a dash of optimism and spirit.
Inspired by the decorative eras of history, the Romantic Spirits subscribes to patinas and weathered finishes that contribute a narrative of their own to your space. The look favours fluid lines and ornate accents. Decadent and soulful, it fuses a classic aesthetic with modern flourishes.
GET THE LOOK
Whether you’re looking to reinvent your look in its entirety or just refresh your décor, adding a touch of romance is simple with these easy-to-achieve luxe accents.
Your sofa and armchairs set the tone for your space. Opt for classic elegance realised in luxurious fabrics. Buttonback, chaise longue, or chesterfield add statement charm – a touch of Jane Austin if you will. Cafe Lighting have this look cornered and Phil Bee Interiors offer some exquisite and individual pieces.
This palette encourages voluptuous colour from your wall art to your cushions, rugs and throws. Add a flurry of spring blossoms to your sofa cushions or bring your polished floorboards or concrete to life with a floral feature rug. The bluster of petals adds a dynamism to your decor. It’s like an open invitation to unabashed passion.
Leather paired with warm walnut-coloured wood is also a great way to turn up the texture within your interiors. Distressed wood or metal side and coffee tables add charisma to this otherwise rich palette. Equally polished metallics add to that sense of opulence.
Introduce a delicate play of light through polished surfaces like the Casa Uno Aluminium Silver Table for a dynamic element. The Cafe Lighting Valencia series of hall, console and side tables pairs bevelled mirror with black and gold accents introducing a delicate play of light within your decor.
Dark timber also induces melancholic tones. Think American black walnut wood with accentuated grain or heavy rustic-look timber that adds its own unique narrative. Soundslike HOME know their schizz.
Décor accents: Add a touch of antiquity with glazed ceramic vases and ornate glass decanters, chic chess sets, or vases of fresh-cut flowers. Casa Uno have an extensive selection of homewares that dress up your interiors and exteriors.