“The current trend in bedroom furnishings is leaning away from the standard set of a bed, two nightstands and a few dressers all of the same style and collection, towards a more romanced and eclectic combination of pieces to create a personal refuge or escape,” said Greg Mononen, product developer for Arhaus Furniture, a 20-store lifestyle furniture retailer. “People are adding romantic elements to their bedrooms in their furniture, wall colors, fabrics and accessories,” he added.
Furniture can be the first building block in creating an amorous atmosphere within a room setting. Mononen notes he is seeing many romantic European influences from Italy, France and the British Isles. For instance, the woods used in today’s furniture are richer and deeper, like cherry and walnut with java, cocoa or sienna stains.
“We’re also seeing a European trend of mixing and matching stained wood with painted wood or iron. This idea of blending eclectic items is beginning to carry over into the United States,” said Mononen. For instance, combine an iron bed like the Arhaus Lily bed with a pair of hand-painted nightstands for a European-inspired look. Complete the look by incorporating a stained or distressed dresser, a lingerie chest or a beautifully hand-painted armoire like the Gainesburough by Arhaus. Part 2