It's the most romantic time of year, and you want to treat your partner like royalty.
The good news is that you can create a romantic vibe that matches any decorating aesthetic.
Whether you have a classic sanctuary, a modern minimalist room, or decor that screams high-drama glamor, there are a few timeless romantic touches that work in any setting.
Here are five ways to create a gorgeous, romantic bedroom to woo your favorite person in the world.
1. Add Special Lighting
There's a reason why we associate candlelight dinners with romance. A scientific reason, in fact.
Our bodies are closely tied to our circadian rhythms. Lower lighting cues our bodies to wind down and relax, releasing stress and tension. Dimmer light also limits what we can see, forcing us to focus on the elements we can see, such as our partner or the bed.
Plus, lower light means the pupils are more prone to dilating (to make up for the lack of light). It's a subtle trick of the brain--pupil dilation is also a signal of attraction. We subconsciously view this as attractive when we notice it in a partner, and your brain can't quite differentiate between dark-dilation and attraction-dilation.
So, you're literally setting the mood by lowering the lights.
When you're trying to create a dreamy ambiance, look for light that's lower and softer. Candles evoke a feeling of intimacy, while string lights evoke a sense of whimsy.
Candles are also a great way to bring aromatherapy into the picture, engaging all the senses for a deeply romantic experience.
In the bedroom, the trick is to find a scent that's engaging without overwhelming--otherwise, the scent will be distracting, not romantic.
To that end, it's a good idea to reach for subtle floral scents. Don't be afraid to venture away from roses--jasmine and honeysuckle are soft florals with a big impact.
That said, it's also important to know what your partner finds romantic. Some people prefer the scent of vanilla or sandalwood. If your partner has a favorite romantic scent, make sure to incorporate it. Just be careful to avoid overpowering scents--one scented candle can create aroma while tea lights add ambiance.
3. Pile on Soft Bedding
A romantic bedroom is a soft bedroom, and since the bed is the first thing to draw your eye, it's the best place to invest in cloudy, ethereal softness.
Remember when we said to be wary of going overboard with scents and candles?
That doesn't really apply here. Go all-in for:
- A thick comforter or duvet
- Cushy blankets
- Crazy soft sheets
- Ruffled bed skirt
- Plenty of shams, pillows, and throw pillows
Minimalists can make an impact without a bed skirt, but you should still invest in soft blankets and duvets. Take a look at our luxury bedding to stock up for the occasion.
You can also increase the softness factor by bringing in soft materials in other parts of the room. A velvet wall in a rich, smoky gray adds a minimalist contrast to stark, pillowy white bedding, adding allure while keeping the space bright and airy.
You can also invite the illusion of additional softness with a canopy--look for featherlight materials or silky fabrics.
4. Luxurious Materials
And speaking of silky fabrics, don't be afraid to invest in luxury fabrics for the full sensory experience.
Velvet is a popular choice--the creme de la creme of luxury if you will. You can reach for velvet in a dramatic accent color like wine red or deep forest green, or you can keep it airy and minimalist by bringing in a neutral velvet.
Silk is another popular option. You can go for silk accents, like a silky canopy, or go straight for the full texture experience by investing in silk sheets.
That said, we're also partial to crazy comfortable materials that look luxurious and feel like royalty even though they're not the big hitters of luxury. Egyptian cotton sheets, anyone?
Keep in mind that you don't need a full velvet duvet--you can get the same luxury effect with a few well-placed accents, like silk sheets, velvet shams, or sheepskin blankets.
5. Pink and Red Accents
Too much red evokes a firehouse and too much pink evokes Barbie, but these colors are also intimately connected to romance. It's an easy way to cue romance--you just have to know how to use them.
The best way to handle these colors (especially in a bedroom) is to use deeper colors as accents for an otherwise neutral color scheme. Avoid cherry red or similarly bright colors unless you a) know your partner loves them and b) know you can counterbalance them elsewhere in the room.
We love the look of a deep rose-red wall against dove gray bedding and bronze accents. You can also invest the red or pink in your accent pieces, like throw pillows or blankets.
Creating Your Romantic Bedroom
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's the perfect time to show your partner how much they matter to you. A romantic bedroom is about showing your partner that they matter and that you're thinking of ways to make them happy.
Need more ideas to prepare for Valentine's Day? We've got you covered.
Make sure to check out our blog for more great tips, like this post on the nine-bedroom improvements to try this Valentine's Day.