Romance isn’t just for Valentine’s Day – take our tips on creating a romantic bedroom that will be a delight to be in every day of the year
Choose soothing colours
The colours of the season are perfect for creating a romantic bedroom scheme. Think faded pinks mixed with stone and white shades, or the palest of blues for a soothing, fresh look that isn’t too girlie. Pantone have named both these colours as their colours of the year for 2016, so you’ll also be right on trend.
Lower the lights…
Controlling light levels is essential for setting the mood. Don’t rely on a single pendant light. Instead create cosy pools of (flattering!) light from a range of sources – a bedside light, a corner standing lamp and soft uplighters in an alcove. Add an extra level of light control with slatted shutters too, so you can let the early morning light filter in softly for a gentle awakening.
Add layers of linen
Satin sheets are not romantic, unless you’re Peter Stringfellow. Instead add layers of luxury with real linen sheets in pretty, washed out colours – try H&M Home for an affordable selection. Bedding no longer needs to match, so pick a romantic palette of pale greys, dusty pinks and unbleached whites. Fill with feather and down bedding for a bed you just won’t want to leave.
Big up your bed
Let your bed take centre stage if you want to create a romantic impression. Headboards are back in fashion again, so think of something sumptuous in upholstered velvet that will make lolling around reading the papers more comfortable, as well making the bed look like a design feature in itself. No need to replace the whole bed – buy a separate headboard in a colour you love.
Don’t forget the floor
If you want to pad about barefoot with a breakfast tray then pay attention to the floor. Bare boards might be in vogue, but they can be chilly. Add a large, fluffy Berber rug that will be cosy underfoot and also frame the bed beautifully.
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