Want a really raunchy relationship?You need a bedroom to match.We’ll help you create a retreat from the rest of the world,a haven from household hassles,an oasis from office stress.
It’s hard to pursue private passions if you’re tiptoeing round the laundry basket or in danger of upsetting a Reader’s Digest mountain.Makeover your bedroom,then make out in style.
What does your bedroom say about your relationship?Is it warm and inviting?Dramatic ,wih no-holds-barred colour?Fresh,clean and confident?Or cluttered,messy and stuck in another era of your lives?
Turn your bedroom into a boudoir.For a bedroom that’s vibrant and exhilarating,commanding yet calm,the trick is to think sassy,not trashy.Think wrought iron four-poster bed,crushed velvet scatter cushions and antique candelabras rather than PVC sheets,red light bulbs and mirrors on the ceiling.And not a hint of chintz.
Exploit the position of your bedroom.For instance,if it’s south facing,avoid heavy curtains and opt for lighter billowy drapes to enjoy opaque morning light seeping into your lives as you wake.If you’ve only got a small room,cultivate a cosy,intimate feel with intense colours and quirky lanterns.
If you yearn for a room that’s decadent and enticing,go for an ornate style,with voluptous velvets.Whatever styles you choose,crisp cotton bed sheets are essential.Some people like the thought of silk,but you’ll find your partner slipping away from you.For sensual bliss,think textures and layers.Could you put velvet,silk or fur throws over those crisp cotton sheets?
Pastel colours teamed with silver and white accessories create a dreamy and tranquil haven.You mighjt like to hang some vintage wallpaper,or a modern imitation.Either way,pick out one or two key colours and use them in your soft furnishings.Jazz up junk shop finds with distressed paint techniques,or show off a sexy dress on a tailor’s dummy.Antique hatboxes or designer luggage are glamorous storage solutions.A chest of draper’s drawers makes a stunning showcase for lingerie and linens.
If you think boudoirs are all about Barbie dolls and candy floss,forget it.Your bedroom doesn’t have to be curlingly frilly or feminine;burdoirs can be butch.How about painting the walls with manly denim and silver stripes,or deep Morrocan blues to match mosaic-topped bedside tables,accessorised with Moorish mirrors?or for something more fiery,why not take inspiration from the Arabian Nights?Spice-coloured saris,which you can buy in a specialist sari shop or online,come in a fantastic range of colours and lush fabrics.Use them as throws over the bed.Draw inspiration from the jewel colours of the Far East and paint one wall in deep cerise,scarlet or fuchsia.If you paint the other walls a lighter shade,it will stop them closing in on you.Or go gothic,with black framed pictures and mirrors,and tall,ornate candlesticks.But no gargoyles or you’ll end up with a bedroom that’s more Hammer House of Horror than period allure.
Use smell to carry the theme through.Scented candles,oil burners or incense can all be utilised to float soothing scents around your burdoir.Next time you wash your bedsheets,add a few drops of lavender oil to the rinse cycle.
If you’re a wild tiger or glamour puss at heart,scatter some fake animal fur print cushions or invest in a pretend leopard rug.Don’t take it too far though.The leopard print posing pouches are best left in the joke shop.
If you don’t have music piped into your bedroom,keep a basic CD player close to the bed,with a few favourite albums to hand.It doesn’t need to be all-singing and dancing,but a continuous play button comes in useful.
Light Up Your Life
You already know a neon strip light is a bad idea and probably already have pink-toned light bulbs in your bedroom.But for a magical night,nothing compares to the glow from a candlelit chandelier.