Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Either those in a blissful love relationship and those who are on the look for their perfect one.
Whatever your current love life is, Valentine’s day is a good inspiration to add some romance to Your Bedroom Decor.
Here is some advice from decorating experts on creating a more romantic bedroom.
What about taking Your Valentine’s Day Bedroom Decor all Year round and make Romance a stylish choice.
Statista.com, a portal that puts together statistical profiles from more than 18,000 sources, found that 42% of respondents — both men and women — said romance was essential to them because they could not feel love without it. In another survey, 34% of respondents said romance grows more important as a relationship goes on.
Because it’s possible to decorate with an eye toward growing closer, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to think about how to do it.
“My clients might not say that creating an intimate setting is their top priority,” says Milwaukee-area designer Suzan Wemlinger of Decorating Den Interiors – Suzan J. Designs. “Instead they use words like ‘serene’ or a ‘quiet retreat.’ But I think it’s all about a respite from a hectic day and a place to connect.”
That was one of Carrie Lucke’s goals in designing her own bedroom.
“It started when we wanted to find a place for a special chandelier we took with us from our previous home,” says Lucke, of Carrie Lucke Interiors in Whitefish Bay. “We bought it when my husband and I were newlyweds and it was special to us. When I told my husband it would work perfectly in our bedroom, he said, ‘are you kidding?’
“But it looks wonderful and it really adds a touch of glamor to the restful space we created with a quiet color palette.”
Color is one of many design elements that can help set a tone.
“Romantic settings and their colors have a variety of associations, depending on the person,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “We can decorate with deeper hues such as plum, purple, dark gray and even red, with hints of sparkle, using metallics or mirrors to create the mood.”
Wemlinger did that for a client, choosing a dark and soothing aubergine to create a cocoon-like setting.
“It provides a warm and calming escape,” she says. “But I’ve also helped create a soft and serene space that’s more subtle, with pale beige and gray tones.”
Jordan says colors also can evoke memories of a romantic vacation destination. “Some may associate romance with a getaway beach setting and find colors such as aqua, blue, white and sandy neutrals reflect that escape.”
Here is more advice from decorating experts on creating a more romantic bedroom.
In the Houzz.com survey, 10% of respondents declared their bedroom a media- and electronics-free zone — which makes sense.
“If you’re trying to create romance, electronics can be an unwelcome distraction,” says Milwaukee-area designer Karen Kempf of Karen Kempf Interiors.
There is nothing romantic about a laptop on the nightstand reminding you of emails that need to be answered or a demanding boss who wants that half-finished report finished immediately.
Research has found cellphones’ blue screens inhibit sleep by preventing the release of melatonin that calms you down at the end of the day.
And your phone’s constant buzz alerts you to text messages that command attention.
As for TVs in the bedroom, who needs to see all of that murder and mayhem (whether on the news or on an endless loop of “Law and Order”) if you’re trying to unwind or get in the mood?
One electronic component that deserves a place in a romantic bedroom, however, is a source for music.
The 2012 “Science Behind the Song” survey by Spotify, done in conjunction with the Department of Psychology at the University of London, found that for 40% of respondents, listening to music was even more arousing than touch.
The survey found that the most arousing music choice was the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack, followed by — no surprise — Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.”
The study surveyed 2,000 people between 18 and 91, with an equal gender split.
Adding music to the mood needn’t be expensive; nor does it have to take up much room. It can be done simply, with just an iPod or smartphone and a small Bluetooth speaker, playing a list you have created (for free) on Pandora or Spotify. Pay slightly more for premium service and no commercials will air.
Some alarm clocks also come with a hookup and speakers.
Lighting is a design element that deserves special consideration.
The Houzz.com survey found that 18% of respondents wanted a chandelier in the master bedroom.
A chandelier can be functional by providing lighting, but it also is a pretty way to set a mood. “So are bedside lamps,” Wemlinger says, “especially if they are shimmery or have a touch of metallic.”
Kempf describes the ideal as “layers of light.”
“You don’t want harsh lighting in a bedroom, but when you have layers of light — from a chandelier, sconces and bedside tables — you can play around with the levels to help set the mood,” she says.
Most if not all should be on dimmers because, after all, nobody wants the lighting in a bedroom to replicate a police interrogation room.
Fabrics and textures make a difference, too.
“The softer the better,” says Wemlinger. “From a tufted headboard to soft sheets to lots of pillows, the right fabrics and textures can help get rid of the hard edges.”
Kempf agrees luxurious fabrics are a key to creating romance.
“Layers of soft textures and a quiet color palette is a combination that is especially romantic,” she says. “The luxury just envelops you.”
In the Houzz survey, respondents preferred carpet on the bedroom floor 49% of the time, compared with 26% who opted for hardwood floors.
Wallpaper can add a special touch, too, says Lucke.
“I think having wallpaper on just one feature wall is over,” she says. “I prefer to see the whole room enveloped in a subtle pattern. It’s like walking into a jewel box.”
Wemlinger likes wallpaper in a bedroom, too. “It’s lovely when it casts a sheer glow,” she says.
“But be careful what pattern you choose. You don’t want big orange flowers,” she adds, laughing.
Add a special scent.
It might be a spritz on the pillow of a favorite perfume or a scent featuring hedione, which is an aroma chemical used in men’s cologne that has been determined to be an aphrodisiac. Or a reed diffuser with a favorite essential oil.
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a vase of freshly cut aromatic flowers, which provides a natural scent and also adds a pop of color.
Get rid of bedroom clutter.
If you want a tranquil atmosphere, you won’t want piles of bills, baskets of unfolded wash or other distractions around that remind you of unfinished tasks. They can be real mood killers.
As Lucke says: “You don’t want your bedroom to be just another room. It should be a special place where you go to unwind.”
And, finally, on this Valentine’s Day remember that a small effort can have big results.
In the end, many times again, it’s all about little things, small details that put together one on top of the other can make a big impact on Your bedroom decor.
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