As Laure reminded us, Valentine's Day is fast approaching and we thought we'd take a look at some ways to bring the love into your bedroom. No, we're not talking red lighting, heart-shaped water beds or black satin sheets (Did those things ever really work?). There are more subtle ways to transform it into a place that invites lingering...and other things. Here are some tips to take your bedroom from simple to sensual... Declutter: A clean bedroom is the best turn-on. Keep your night tables clear, your sheets clean and your bed made.
Bedding: Whether your sheets are white or coloured, high thread count or t-shirt material, make sure they're clean and soft to the touch. We indulge and take our sheets to be cleaned and pressed once a week; we love slipping into freshly ironed sheets.
Lighting: Bringing down the lights instantly ups the romance. Uplights are one option or you might try putting your lights on dimmers (you can buy plug in adapters at your local hardware store). And, okay, we admit it, we like pink bulbs. Do your bedside lamps use CFLs? Try lining your lampshades with gold paper to counteract their harsh glow. Candles are another way to layer in light. Try scented candles while you're at it.
A rug: Bearskin maybe over the top but whether it's your feet or your back (it's nice to have options), a rug next to your bed is a must.
Privacy: Don't let the outside world intrude on your private time. To block out light, try blackout curtains. And, if you have children or roommates, consider a lock on your bedroom door.
Colour: Flatter your skin's tones with colours that make it glow. Stay away from anything green or yellow. Try pinks, peaches, grays, blues and browns.
Music: Whether it's an IPod doc or something more complex, let the music play. Even better if you create a special soundtrack.
Scents: Try scented candles or spraying your sheets with a linen spray. Flowers add a subtle fragrance, a welcome spot of colour and touch of luxury.
What do you do to up the sensuality factor in your bedroom?
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