Eight ideas for a more romantic bedroom the moment you are redo-ready.
Valentine’s Day is always a good moment to pause and look around and a time to think about a more romantic bedroom. For me, the master bedroom is one place in the house that’s hardest to change because Mr. AM – who rarely weighs in – has his opinions about our room. Although it was painted more than a year ago I’m less than thrilled with the color. So the master tops my to-do list for Spring when I definitely have plans to repaint. Meanwhile, I’m trying to stand back and make an assessment about whether it’s a romantic bedroom and what else might help increase the comfort level. To that end, I’ve been keeping an eye out for good ideas – things to tweak or refine – both large and small. Here are ideas I found that could make a big difference in our space — and then some.
A Sexy New Bed
Something about canopy beds have been calling to me. And while I’m not usually for too much fabric overhead, the gauzy white fabric Chicago designer Kara Mann used to soften up this platform four-poster [top] brings a suggestion of the tropics to a room that’s fairly severe. I do adore the dark floor (although I know it shows every speck of lint.)
Super Luxurious Bed Linens
The sheets and pillows on this showhouse bed looked so amazing I could easily imagine sliding into those soft, satiny linens every night. The next best thing was this photo, which I’ve been keeping until I’m ready to duplicate the look created by an arrangement of nine pillows on a king-size bed, dressed by Cullman & Kravis. Needed: six regular cases and three matching boudoir pillows and cases. Since I’m addicted to the Sferra Linens warehouse sales, and watch for sheet-set bargains on eBay as well, it’s basically a matter of time and opportunity.
Serene and Clutter-Free
This bedroom has a sleek, modern style and yet it feels warm and comfortable. There are well chosen accessories set out to admire – right down to a glass of water on the beside table – and yet no clutter at all.
Some people might find a big flatscreen in the bedroom distracting but once the golf tournaments and Monday night games have ended, TV can be a mood-changer. Nothing like snuggling up while an old-time romantic comedy unreels on the tube.
Considering a full-on bedroom renovation? A real change is to create a bedroom-spa like the Master Bed-Bath Merger we showcased last year. One main feature of that concept is moving the bathtub out of the master bath and into the bedroom itself.
Comfortable Place to Lounge
Whether it’s for sitting and reading or taking an afternoon snooze, a sofa, easy chair or chaise in the bedroom can be an inviting and private place to take some “we” time. While not every master bedroom has that kind of space, one with a comfortable upholstered piece (or two) naturally feels more suite-like.
Create a Night Décor
For most of us, a master bedroom is either traditional or modern. Then there are more unconventional solutions like the contemporary loft beds by Ghislaine Viñas or this darkly exotic space by Mexican architects Serrano Monjaraz which has a nighttime mood even during the day. What appeals to me is the hipness and the simplicity though, admittedly, achieving something akin to this look requires a style of architecture that isn’t always available. Still, I can drool, right?
Emphasize an Amazing View
Friends of ours built a big house on a gorgeous piece of rolling meadowland but kept the bedroom windows small — completely ignoring their fabulous second-floor views. Whether it’s a walled garden, an open field, mountain vista or a cityscape, opening up the master bedroom to the natural world can feel like taking a trip as nature changes every day.
(Sources: Kara Mann, Cullman & Kravis, Campion Platte, Pepe Calderin, David Churchill, Applegate Tran, Serrano Manjaraz, Fulcrum)
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