The Romantic: Get The Look

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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…”

A Room with a View

That moment of anticipation just before a kiss: a young Helena Bonham Carter in the raptures of love in A Room with a View, the 1985 film of EM Forster’s touching and satiric look at Edwardian England. Image source via

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*

Dulux Colour Trends - Romantic Spirits

The Dulux Colour Trends – Romantic Spirits exploits warm browns and burnt reds in juxtaposition with deep blues, creams and crisp spearmint. Image source via

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?

Romantic Spirits Palette

Geoffrey Carran’s sumptuous palette for the Romantic Spirits via


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.

Romantic Spirits

Elaborate chandeliers, chintzy cushions and intricate cut-glass decanters are the order of the day for the Romantic Spirits… Image source via

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.

Copper, bronze and highlights within Romantic Spirits

Burnished gold and copper accents add to-die-for glamour to blushing pinks and reds. Image source via

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.


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.

Sofas, ottomans, armchairs and storage benches

From left: Cafe Lighting Duke Armchair, Cafe Lighting Capone Ottoman, Phil Bee Wingback Armchair, Phil Bee Storage Bench and the Cafe Lighting Mason Chaise, available online at Zanui.

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.


From left: DG37 Ashley Cushion, j elliot HOME Roslan Cushion, Casa Uno Ornament Sunset Cushion, Casa Uno Gina Cushion, DG37 Smocked Velvet Cushion and DG37 Marrakesh Print Cushion, available online at Zanui.

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.


From left: Saray Rugs Rosary Scroll Modern Rug, Dash & Albert Kaffe Fassett Bed of Roses Wool Designer Rug, Rug Republic Agapanthus Charcoal Rug, Sanderson Midsummer Rose Wool Designer Rug, and Sanderson Poppies Wool Designer Rug, available online at Zanui.

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.

Stools, ottomans and side tables

From left: Madras Link Caprioska Side Table, Kayu Estate Nushi Leather Stool, Kayu Estate Ratu Dressing Table Stool, Kayu Estate Danji Leather Stool and Madras Link Alchemy Side Table, available online at Zanui.

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.

Soundslike HOME furniture

From left: Soundslike HOME Vintage 3 Drawer 2 Door Sideboard in American Black Walnut, Soundslike HOME Cynderela Dining Chair, Soundslike HOME Tropica Woody Slats Stool, Soundslike HOME Substation Metal Barstool and Soundslike HOME Tropica Baha Rectangle Dining Table, available online at Zanui.

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.

Decorative mirrors and wall art

From left: Casa Uno Full Ornate Frame Wall Mirror, NF Living Floral Scallop Mirror, Cate Legnoverde The Colour of My Autumn Wall Art, Casa Uno Recycled Wood Oil Pot Wall Mirror and Casa Uno Recycled Old Window Frame Wall Mirror, available online at Zanui.

Explore your vertical design opportunities. Wall art is another emotive décor accent. Opt for a vibrant floral canvas print or introduce light play with ornate or antique-look mirrors.

Decor Accents

From left: Amalfi Milla Vase 31cm Set of 2, Cafe Lighting Flower Decorator Silver Set of 4, Phil Bee Vase Set of 2, Cafe Lighting Chess Set Small, and Casa Uno Pottery Vase, available online at Zanui.

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.


From left: Cafe Lighting Calum Studio Light Floor Lamp, Cafe Lighting Empire Lamp Base, Cafe Lighting Kavari Chandelier, Cafe Lighting Cologne Pendant, Cafe Lighting Bessie Table Lamp, and Phil Bee Pine Ladder, available online at Zanui.

Lighting is the icing on the cake and with this look you can really go to town. Channel old-school Hollywood glamour with chandeliers and pendant lights or more modish standing studio lamps.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.