When it comes time to set the mood, a gloomy or uninspired bedroom will quickly ruin the vibe. With a few easy tweaks, your most personal space can also be a sexy reflection of who you are. Whether it’s Valentine's Day with a lover or a random Tuesday night, these ideas will have you skipping the rose petals and chocolate by opting for something a little more permanent.
We spoke with some of our favorite designers, who share their top secrets for creating a romantic vibe in the bedroom.
According to Michael Amato, Creative Director of , "Focus on diffused and layered lighting, as well as employing both shimmer and sensuous textures in order to create a sexy bedroom environment. The bold geometry with the contrast of soft diffused light creates a perfectly sexy bedroom.”
"Make things romantic by adding some velvet throw pillows to your bedscape," says Danielle Walish, Creative Director of . "Bringing in a smooth and soft texture to the bed always feels sexy."
“Candles are a tried-and-true romantic element," says interior designer . "The trick to reinventing the cliché is to locate them in an unexpected way. We've had great success adding candle sconces in bedroom locations where there isn't hard wiring for wall sconces. For example, on either side of a dresser mirror. Candlelight is soft and romantic and having it flicker from the walls (versus a tabletop) brings in an old world element.”
founders Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez say that it's all about the texture. “To create a restful and even sexy bedroom, we use many layers of texture. We want to design a bedroom that makes you feel like you never want to leave. We love using a wall texture to bring in that warmth and great lighting is often the key.”
“The best way to make your bedroom sexy is to create a quiet space where you'll make sure to tell yourself (and your significant other) why you love them. Life can get so crazy that it’s often the thing left unsaid." – Joy Moyler of
"For a two-person bed, you need at most two Euro-sham-size pillows (placed against the headboard), and four sleeping pillows," says designer . The number of pillows is just right in this bedroom designed by .
"Blackout curtains are a must in the bedroom so you can stay in bed as long as you want," says Eric Cohler. For total relaxation, each window should feature thick curtains that can shut out the outside world, like this sleek room inside this Manhattan apartment.
"For the bedroom, I like a slightly shiny wall with a Venetian plaster finish," Harry Heissmann of Albert Hadley Inc. The metallic silver walls in the Blakes Hotel in London are undeniably sultry.
If the goal is to spend a lot of time in bed, it only makes sense to outfit it with luxe items, like in this master bedroom in a Chicago home. "A sexy bedroom has lots of luxury bedding," says designer . Designer says "A fresh set of luxurious sheets will perk your bedroom up just in time for Valentine's Day. My personal choice is . Divine!"
"Go with your favorite color because a bedroom should have the things you love," says Hobbs (whose own bedroom has burnt-orange walls). This bold Brooklyn bedroom went for a deep, soothing navy.
"For anything but a beach house—where wood floors are fine—you should have wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedroom," says Harry Heissmann of Albert Hadley Inc. This London bedroom showcases how luxe the look can be.
"I love the elegance of a whole wall of drapery, ceiling to floor," says Cole. The wall of curtains (not to mention the ceiling) in this bedroom is striking.
"A wallpaper with depth and dimension can add color and spice to the bedroom," says Amy Lau. The walls in Kourtney Kardashian's former bedroom prove that sentiment to be true.
"The bedroom should be a soothing place for a couple," says designer Eric Cohler. "No cell phones, no Blackberry, no TV, no computer." The modern master bedroom in this Stockholm home eschews tech for a minimally decorated bedside stool.
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