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Decorating in a feminine style


Feminine style interior decoratingIn search of the perfect feminine style? When it comes to decorating, adding femininity to a room need not mean girlie or over-the-top pink. Feminine interiors can range from subtly sweet to smart and sophisticated, to elegant or flirty fun.

"Think ladylike: whitewashed timbers, sleek and soft furnishings, textural layering, glitz and glamour, and fresh clean paint colours" says Resene colour consultant Nikki Morris. "Dismiss the thought that to create a feminine look all we need are pink accents, antique-style furniture and floral patterned wallpaper."

Pretty pastels are fine, but too much may result in overboard cutesy. Temper pastels with white or soft metallics and add in personal feminine details.

"I have found the main key is layers, soft layers built up of colour and texture. Knick-knacks – candles, perfume bottles and even jars with flowers – can add to the look. But be warned, there is a delicate line between messy and artfully arranged."

Interior designer Robyn Mickleson of The Design Depot agrees. "It’s about paying attention to the small finishing details," she says. "The use of fresh yet warm textiles (linens and cottons or lookalikes), light walls and surfaces, the use of reflective textiles, crystal and glass accessories, the practical placement and use of lighting, mirrors, the layering of accessories, lace and trim details, and white porcelain."

Curved furniture denotes femininity but the hard lines of contemporary or straight-edged furniture can be softened with the use of soft fabrics and fluffy pillows and cushions. Accent rugs with a soft pile or plush tactile texture also create a feminine feel.

Colour palettes depend on individual taste, but soft, muted colours typically work well in a feminine scheme. You might choose a muted version of your favourite colour to create a soft palette, or add soft painted metallics, such as Resene Metro, Resene Proton, Resene Bedrock or Resene Platinum.

Resene Metro
Resene Metro
Resene Proton
Resene Proton
Resene Bedrock
Resene Bedrock
Resene Platinum
Resene Platinum

Soft blue-greens are especially popular in bedroom settings. Think Resene Scandal (a clear transparent blue) and Resene Edgewater (a pale summery green), both complemented with soft white linen.

Resene Scandal
Resene Scandal
Resene Edgewater
Resene Edgewater

You can pair these softer colours with darker or contrasting accents to great effect. Light pastel colours coordinate beautifully with dark browns, blues and even black.

"Try blacking out your walls with something like Resene Blackjack and offsetting the depth and movement with crisp white skirting in Resene Double Alabaster," says Nikki. "Add in a gorgeous chandelier that has some wow factor and minimalist softly textured bedding (in a white or dove grey) with cushions full of texture and glitz for a contemporary look. And for a twist, get yourself a lady mannequin and style her in your favourite cocktail dress, necklaces or vintage-style underwear to complete the look."

Resene Blackjack
Resene Blackjack
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster

A striking palette for Resene Scandal featuring complementary darker hues can include colours such as Resene Ming (a ceramic blue-green), Resene Enigma (a greyed violet-blue) and Resene Jaguar (an inky blue-black).

Resene Scandal
Resene Scandal
Resene Ming
Resene Ming
Resene Enigma
Resene Enigma
Resene Jaguar
Resene Jaguar

For a luxe feminine look, liven up your space with hits of hot pink or other vibrant hues.

"One colour I’m itching to use is Resene Colour Me Pink alongside the crisp look of Resene Wan White," says Robyn. "I think this would look stunning, especially with the right use of accessories, furniture and textiles. Also, Resene Night Shadz is an intense blushed pink that would be a great feature alongside a more vintage-style floral wallpaper."

Resene Colour Me Pink
Resene Colour Me Pink
Resene Wan White
Resene Wan White

Floral or subtly patterned wallpapers most definitely add feminine appeal, but the patterns need not be overly feminine to get the desired effect. And if you are struggling to find a wallpaper in your desired colour tone, consider the anaglypta wallpapers – a range of heavily textured wallpapers from vintage to modern style.

"They can be painted in any colour of your choice," says Nikki, "even metallic finishes for radical glamour."

Consider your window treatments too, because window coverings can dramatically change the feel of a space.

"Soft airy treatments are common picks this year," says Nikki, "whether they are sheers or voiles, Romans or whitewashed timber blinds. Stay away from anything that feels too heavy such as big dark velvet curtains. Simple coloured curtains with delicate thread detail in silver or gold are becoming much loved soft additions to complete a look. "

Robyn has also noticed a trend towards a softer look.

"I am doing a lot of double track/rod combinations with a lining to the back and the sheer to the front. This gives that soft 'flowy' feel to the space with the added bonus of adding privacy in the daytime while including thermal properties in the night – the best of both worlds."

The hardest part in designing your feminine look is actually at the starting point, says Nikki. But once you get that right, she assures us it will all fall into place.

"Consider the element of the room that will bring you the most joy. Is it a statement wall, maybe a chandelier or perhaps a beautiful vintage bed frame?

Do you have original stunning ornate ceilings that you want to highlight? Once you start asking yourself these questions the rest will slowly start to fall into place as your inner woman helps you find the look that you want to express and feel."

Nikki’s palette of feminine colours and décor hints:

Feminine style interior decorating

Feminine looks:


Whitewashed timber
Floral prints
Bird prints
Lace
Curves
Pastels
Chandeliers
Watercolours
Distressed furniture
Textural cushions
Shimmer and metallic
Vintage accessories
Blanket boxes

 

Feminine – Sweet romance:


Wallpaper – Walltrends III – Birds of a Feather 798975
Walls – Resene Black White
Curtains – Resene Waltz in Foam
Bed cushion – Resene Waltz in Foam
Bedside cabinets – Resene Industrial Silver

*Point of difference* – Try a colour on the ceiling like Resene Zumthor to make a soft statement

Walls Curtains and bed cushion Bedside cabinets Point of difference:
ceiling
Resene Black White
Resene Black White

Resene Waltz in Foam
Resene Waltz in Foam

Resene Industrial Silver
Bedside cabinets
Resene Zumthor
Resene Zumthor
 

Feminine – Soft elegance:


Wallpaper – Walltrends III – Full Bloom 25676
Walls – Resene Half Surrender
Curtains – Resene Pause in Pewter
Bed Cushion – Resene Waltz in Blonde
Bedside Cabinets – Resene Salt Box

*Point of difference* – Paint the inside of your walk-in wardrobe in Resene Salt Box

Walls Curtains Bed cushion Bedside cabinets /
point of difference
Resene Half Surrender
Resene Half Surrender

Resene Pause in Pewter
Resene Pause in Pewter

Resene Waltz in Blonde
Resene Waltz in Blonde

Resene Salt Box
Resene Salt Box

 

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