How romantic is you bedroom? Does it inspire you to feel calm, romantic, seductive?
When we did a second renovation in our home, I was determined to have a ‘sanctuary’ of a bedroom. That one room in the house where I could step into it and feel calm, romantic and luxurious. I wanted our room to be OURS!
While I still haven’t totally got the ultimate bedroom that I desire, it is certainly the best we’ve ever had and it has a pretty good feel to it even though it is still a work in progress.
When our girls were little, it was really difficult to have a bedroom that felt romantic. When there’s a baby cot in there, breast pads, baby cream and all the other paraphenalia one needs, they often ended up gathering next to our bed, which certainly did nothing for the romantic side of things. And then as they got a bit older, there would ultimately be some kind of teddy, blanky or toy that would find its way into our bed and be discovered in the midst of us getting into the swing of things 😉 Somehow when they’re little, they’ve always got some kind of toy that they’re carrying around. Now that our girls are a bit older, however, we have the space to make our room ‘ours’ and to make it feel like a sacred, romantic space. As a parent, I really feel it’s important to have a space that can be yours and that sets the tone for how you want to feel when you’re in it.
So here are 12 tips for making a bedroom romantic…
1. Have candles in your room.
It’s amazing how a simple thing like lighting some candles can set the mood and gives your room that romantic feeling instantly. Have them there all ready for when you want to set the mood so that the mood is not lost in having to do a quick search of the house to find them.
2. Have some beautiful artwork, pictures, ornaments or even quotes in your bedroom.
Whether it’s something inspirational or passionate, decorate the walls and shelves with something that inspires you both. Real paintings are something we can’t quite afford yet but there are so many other beautiful artworks out there which don’t cost a lot.
3. Keep clutter to a minimum.
Unless clutter turns you on, a cluttered space is not a romantic space. Whether it’s out of sight, out of mind in a drawer somewhere, try make sure that you don’t have clutter next to the bed or in the bedroom. My drawers need a bit of a decluttering but on top all looks pretty neat and tidy.
4. Invest in a good duvet and pillows.
I can’t tell you the difference it made to our bedroom when we finally bought ourselves a good goose down duvet. The one we had previously was so flat and old, it did nothing to inspire a feeling of luxury and comfort. Now, I just love getting into bed with our yummy cosy duvet. Plus, when we make the bed, it just looks so much better, especially when you add pillows to the bed as well.
5. Make the bed every day including weekends.
There is something about getting into a bed that has been made as opposed to last night’s slept in bed. If it hasn’t been made, it somehow carries an old energy and doesn’t have a fresh feel when you get into it. That’s how I feel about it anyway.
6. Have music in the room.
Music has the amazing ability to instantly change or enhance the mood so it is an absolute must to add some romance and atmosphere. Once again, try have something that lives in your room and ideally have a play list of songs you like as well.
7. Implement a no TV and phones rule.
I know this one might be difficult for some but they really are relationship killers. We don’t have a TV in our room and are working on making a ‘no phones in bed’ rule.
8. No kids toys.
As mentioned above, when they’re little this is quite hard to control but if you can, do a daily sweep up of their toys that may be lurking. My girls have plenty of space to make their mess, and I would prefer it that it stays in their spaces so that I can have some sense of having our own adult space. The amount of mess my kids make really freaks me out so this is the one place I feel I have some sort of ‘control’ about the state of things.
9. Have good curtains or blinds.
Curtains or blinds in a room can do so much to add that extra bit of romance that is needed.
10.Paint the walls or put on wallpaper.
What are the colours of the walls in your bedroom? Colour plays such a vital role in setting mood and tone. Painting a feature wall or even the whole bedroom is a very affordable and effective way of transforming a room. Wallpaper is more expensive but you get some stunning designs which would completely transform any wall and bedroom.
11.Add texture and little details.
Whether it’s in the form of a throw, art on the wall, a carpet on the floor or scatter cushions on your bed, try have different textures as all these little details help to give your room that romantic feel.
12. Add scent.
Smell is also very important to setting mood. It’s hard to feel romantic if the room smells a bit funky. Personally, I’m not one for artificial smelling stuff but I do like infusers (particularly vanilla) or burning oils.
So there you have it. There are so many ways you can add romance to your bedroom but on a budget, I think this is a good place to start.
How do you make your room feel romantic? Is there anything you think I’ve left out? I’d love to know as I’m always looking for ways of getting to have my ‘sanctuary’ bedroom.