12 most romantic bedrooms
A 19th-century Italian headboard, upholstered in Osborne & Little's Tamara, is the centerpiece of this Sonoma, California bedroom by designer Jay Jeffers.
A very feminine bedroom
In a Palm Beach house, the master bedroom's Loire iron bed is by Niermann Weeks, and the pink, brown, and white linens are from Restoration Hardware. A Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Thad sofa is covered in the softest color imaginable — Groundworks' Academy Weave in light pink. "The pink isn't gag-me pink," designer Gary McBournie says, "It's utterly soft. The iron bed helps to control it, and so do the brown and pink bed linens."
Bing: Feminine home design
The master bedroom in Greenwich Village apartment is feminine and whimsical, but not alienating to men. "It's a 21st-century version of an old romanticism — like the vivid interiors in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, which definitely influenced this place," designer Fawn Galli says. She chose the overscale Cole & Son wallpaper, Lily, for "the fairy-tale feeling." The lily pads and the Old World Weavers green velvet, Languedoc, on the headboard evoke the romance of a garden pond. The French Canopy chair from Artistic Frame is covered in Beacon Hill's In Between.
"I wanted it to be, above all, romantic," designer Barry Dixon says about this master bedroom in a Maryland house. "I thought of being inside a conch shell, and used all those colors. The sheers on the windows cast a rosy glow on everything in the room, and there's that wonderful red lantern. Everyone looks rosy and tan in there, even if they're not." Floral bed hanging and window panels are Fragrance by Sanderson. The Nettie Darr table at the foot of the bed is by Barry Dixon for Mike Reid Weeks. Sophie side chairs, upholstered in raffia are from Oly. Asian bedside tables from Bungalow 5.
Bing: Romantic linens
A Florentine Baroque mirror from Mirror Fair is a highly romantic note in the master bedroom in a Florida house. "The bedroom and master bath are very romantic, kind of isolated places," designer John Saladino says. "You don't run in, you pause." At the foot of the bed — dressed in hand-embroidered cashmere bedspread by Paul Renwick — a TV hides a maple pop-up cabinet.
The reproduction British Colonial jackwood bed by Susanne Hollis has a strong romantic presence that complements the Spanish Colonial architecture in a Malibu house. Designer Lawrence Rizkowsky removed its canopy, which met awkwardly with the sloped ceiling. "And while the showstopper here is clearly the ocean, the fireplace is so romantic when it's lit not to mention practical," he says. "It gets cold in Malibu in the winter, and wet." The bedskirt fabric is Les Fougères by Clarence House. The Bridgewater sofa, designed by Rizkowsky, is covered in Rogers & Goffigon's Pembroke in Myrhh.
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The red velvet headboard in a San Francisco, California, master bedroom is "grand, whimsical, over-the-top," designer Stephen Shubel says. "But we didn't want the whole room to be over-the-top. So we did very classic ivory velvet curtains the same color as the walls, with a black tassel trim and cream sheers behind them. We have traditional furniture on either side of the bed and French 19th-century stools at the foot." The rug is from Stark; patterned throw pillows are from Summer House and the metal lamps are from Martin Richards.
"Exuberantly feminine, yet resolutely chic" was designer Jonathan Berger's motto for decorating a Brooklyn townhouse for a marketing executive and former model whom lives here with her four daughters. In the master bedroom, a suzani bedspread from eBay and a Venetian-inspired headboard covered in Nouvelle Orleans, a cut velvet from Clarence House that looks like ironwork, add exoticism. The Napoleon III rope ottoman covered in Aubusson tapestry is from Henri Vanhoenacker Antiques.
Punch of pink
Designer Kelie Grosso envisioned the master bedroom as a soft, platinum respite, but she couldn't resist punching it up with a vibrant dose of color, a hot pink bolster pillow. A Morgan bed by Cisco Brothers is upholstered in Schumacher's Gainsborough Velvet. Walls are painted Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore.
Feminine turquoise and navy
Designer Ashley Whittaker wanted this bedroom in a Greenwich, Connecticut house to feel sophisticated, but still youthful and feminine. "Lavender has a whole new point of view when it's mixed with turquoise and navy," she says. "It says 'girl' without screaming 'girly girl.'" She upholstered the bed in Suzani by Quadrille and dressed it in Matouk Mirasol bedding. An Ava mirrored nightstand from Worlds Away holds a Genevieve table lamp from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Walls are painted Mountain Mist by Benjamin Moore.