The master bedroom is often one of the most neglected rooms in the house, usually because common spaces for family and guests get more focus. But at the end of the day, busy couples need a place to wind down, reconnect and recharge. That's why it's important to create a bedroom that is relaxing and romantic for both of you. Here are a few tips to help you create a room that reflects who you are as a couple:
1. Create the mood with color
One of the most dramatic and inexpensive ways to enhance the mood of the bedroom is to use paint to add color. You might want to choose relaxing colors, such as softer hues of blue or green, or you may want something bold and sassy, like reds and oranges. Just avoid overusing one particular color. Darker wall colors can make a room seem smaller, while lighter colors tend to open up the space.
2. Make the bed the focal point of the room
The most important piece of bedroom furniture is the bed, so don't tuck it away in a corner. Position it in a location that allows it to be the focal point of the room, and incorporate other pieces around it. For added romance, hang a canopy above the bed or drape a long curtain on the wall behind the headboard to attract greater focus to the bed.
3. Clean up the clutter - Seriously
A messy room is not a romantic room. There is nothing appealing or relaxing about retiring to the bedroom with your spouse, only to shuffle through dirty (or clean) clothes and climb into bed with three cats. Don't allow this room to become a dumping ground for items that belong elsewhere. Make full use of storage options such as closets, bedside stands and decorative baskets to contain and hide the clutter.
4. Use romantic lighting
Consider installing a dimmer for your overhead lights so that you have better control over the mood you wish to create. Small light sources add intimate shadows and enhance the feeling of romance. Fresh-scented candles are also great for setting a romantic mood. When using bedside lamps, change out light bulbs with low-wattage or colored bulbs (rose or amber colors work well) to offer dim lighting. You might also try a lampshade or paper lantern that's decorated to cast lovely shapes and shadows around the room.
5. Accessorize for the senses
The human senses can greatly affect our emotions and actions. Add romance to the bedroom by incorporating elements that appeal to and heighten all of the senses. For instance, soft layered bedding enhances our sense of touch, and candles please the senses of sight and smell. Also add in a natural element like a few plants or flowers. Turn on some soft-playing music or other relaxing sounds as soon as you go into the bedroom for the night to set the mood.
6. Get both partners involved
Some collaboration from your partner will not only help you get the most from selecting and shopping for your bedroom home furnishings, but also ensures you arrive at the best results for both of you. Men and women traditionally don't look for the same things in furniture - men seek comfort and function, while women make style a higher priority. Today, with such a variety of furniture and accessories available in all price ranges, couples can combine comfort, function and style that will suit them both.