Designers on How to Bring Romance to the Bedroom, According to Your Decor Style
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A bedroom can be romantic even if it doesn’t have stereotypical rose petals or satin petals. What actually makes a room romantic is when it matches your personal design style while adding a little more vibe. You can easily do this through creative use of color and texture (atmospheric lighting goes without saying).
For interior designer Tamu Green of Lux Pad Interiors, creating an intimate space means incorporating all five senses into a pleasant experience, especially the sense of touch. “It’s important to encourage residents to fill the space with touch to create a bedroom that feels lush and inviting,” she says. “I love using surfaces that are tactile and inspire touch, such as B. a structured wall covering or even a soft-touch color. “
For even more insight, I reached out to five interior designers to learn their tried and true secrets to bringing romance into the bedroom based on specific decorative styles. Find your closest design ID and get ready to add the warmth of decoration.
If your bedroom has a minimalist feel to it, turn to warm and organic accents.
“Baby, it’s cold outside, but it doesn’t have to be in your bedroom,” says designer Mikel Welch. For minimalists who want to add a bit of romantic flair to their rooms, the designer recommends breaking out the warm layers as if you were staying in your favorite log cabin hideaway. “It doesn’t get more intimate than a Saturday night gently hidden beneath layers of cozy goodness,” says Welch.
Even if your space is minimalist, that doesn’t mean your textiles have to be too. Welch’s favorite layering clothes are structured cotton blankets and wool throws. A small dose of suede, for example on a throw pillow, won’t hurt either. Maintain an intimate atmosphere by using earthy hues like terracotta, blush, and even stone gray. Complement this palette with organic shapes like a woven pendant and seal the deal with an oversized stone vase filled with meaningful dried palm trees.
The other end of the sound spectrum works as well. “Romance can appear in the most unexpected places and shapes, and an example of this is the use of darker colors in the bedroom,” says Welch. He notes that bolder tones can result in a cozy environment where “you may not mind being“ connected ”with who you love.” Farrow & Balls Moles Breath or Benjamin Moore’s Onyx can help , to get there.
If your bedroom is maximalist make it a colorful escape.
Maximalism is about bringing color, pattern or physical parts into full swing. Candy Colored Home designer Katie Zamprioli is no stranger to this aesthetic, and when it came to her own maximalist bedroom it all started with the sheets.
“Soft linens are romantic must-have items, and we’re totally obsessed with our Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere set,” she says. She chose a soft lavender color and covered the bed with velvet pillows in a matching shade for the texture. Not to be outdone, the windows were given the same colorful, velvety treatment for an extra dose of mystery and intrigue.
Zamprioli also suggests pushing the boundaries with works of art and accessories. “I love abstract nudes and I love to decorate my walls with these as well as figurative sculptures and vases,” she says. “Each piece works in a subtle way at the same time and together to move something in the soul and create a romantic feeling.”
If your bedroom embodies the traditional, decorate it with lovely couples.
Traditional design is rooted in symmetry, and when it comes to the bedroom you play objects in doubles and pairs. “Two chairs or a sofa that fits two at the end of the bed would be better than a single chair,” advises Green. “Art is a powerful way of adding a romantic feel to a bedroom, and if it’s figurative, there should be two figures in it. For example, a pair of birds against just one bird in a painting. “
While darker neutrals like beige and brown define traditional palettes, look for slightly warmer tones for a more inviting feel. Green prefers to go red (Benjamin Moore’s Driftscape Tan comes to mind) and round off the look, for example, with a darker blue over a headboard. Mixing warm and cool colors adds a “sexy kind of tension,” according to Green.
Finally, don’t overlook the windows. “Bedrooms are private spaces and need to feel isolated from the outside world,” notes Green, who likes a combination of Roman hues and curtain panels. “The idea is to create a safe and uninhibited environment by keeping noise out.”
If your bedroom is a boho jungle, turn to rich textiles.
The characteristic features of boho design lie in the use of rich textures and vivid colors that together create a relaxed, carefree atmosphere. Let these elements trickle into your bedroom decor and you have a recipe for romance. According to decorating designer Casey Hardin, this means bringing in an eclectic selection of textiles – think quilts, fur blankets, and shaggy accent pillows – and layering them. By mixing and matching the fabrics, you get a sensual yet tactile environment.
To add a touch of life, Hardin suggests using fresh green, which is a popular, well-documented, boho must-have. “Improve the mood by layering plants – hang them from the ceiling, set them on accent tables and the floor, and even against the walls,” suggests the designer. “Using plants in this way creates an intimate garden-like environment where love is sure to bloom.”
If your bedroom has a Scandi vibe, introduce mood lighting.
In a Scandinavian-chic space, the concept of hygge is a foolproof way to initiate true romance. This Danish practice of settling in a cozy state of happiness and wellbeing is all about promoting warmth to offset the stark minimalism of your decor. Zamprioli suggests creating a sentimental feeling by bringing a chunky-knit blanket, some faux fur pillows for a sensual feel, and blushing linen or velvet for warmth.
“Lighting will play a huge role in setting the tone in a Scandinavian room, and the right warm glow will always improve the mood,” says Zamprioli. Opt for the PyraSphere table lamp by Gantri, which, according to Zamprioli, has the ideal dimmable environment that is romantic and minimalist. “Put some lush peonies next to the bed or long branches of eucalyptus to add a natural element that invigorates,” she adds.
If your bedroom is an ode to the Memphis movement, turn it into a Technicolor dream.
Punchy blocks of color and geometric motifs are just a few of the tenets of Memphis design. This popular 1980s aesthetic is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it’s an ideal style to create a romantic bedroom. “Memphis Design makes me think of a sexy boudoir with design elements that break all the rules and violate the status quo,” says Hardin.
Hardin suggests bringing a quirky sculpture for the bedside table or hanging a neon sign over your bed. Incorporate bold pop art – like this vibrant print by Dmitry Zubarev – to add color and visual interest, and consider using materials like a terrazzo table lamp in unexpected ways. Mood lighting is a matter of course. Replace lightbulbs with a warm temperature for a sense of the environment.
If your bedroom is a modern mid-century retreat, make yourself comfortable.
If your bedroom is made up of mid-century modern clean lines and simple shapes, creating romance is all about softening those details up with a few clever decorating tricks. Decorator Briana Nix suggests draping a cozy sheepskin at the foot of your bed or on the back of an accent chair for a visually and physically tactile experience that is indicative of comfort.
When you’re feeling a little more adventurous, Nix suggests a touch of velvet in unexpected places. An upholstered headboard is a good place to start. Additionally, experiment with darker tones like moody blues. The designer notes that deep colors add depth to a room and have a calming effect. Last but not least, you can upgrade your lighting game by swapping whatever device you currently have for an MCM symbol like a Noguchi-inspired lantern that can give off a calming, soft glow to create the ultimate mood.
If your bedroom is a coastal oasis, look for sheer fabrics
“Romance in a bedroom on the coast is all about [being] simple, airy and flirtatiously funny, ”says Zamprioli. It’s about bringing in contrasting, calming textures like sheer curtains and cool tones to evoke a sense of serenity. “The ocean is also powerful and invigorating, and that’s what you want to reflect in your space,” she adds. With that in mind, your walls can benefit from a small upgrade, and Zamprioli suggests adding visually textured lime wash paint.
If you have a four-poster bed, drape it with flowing white curtains and complement that look with a thick, luxurious down comforter, advises Zamprioli. “This is the kind of bed you can’t wait to jump into,” she says. “Add in a striped throw playfully tossed on the bed for bold contrast and curvy pillow shapes in soft mint green and blue.” Complete the scene with a stacked stone lamp on the bedside table for an organic touch and a rope wall hanging for another hit of seductive texture.
Anna is a New York City-based writer and editor with a passion for interior design, travel, and flowers.