Look Outside the WindowTake inspiration from what's right outside your window. In this bedroom designed by Kira Krumm (www.kirakrumm.com), the bedding, wall texture and headboard reflect the sand and sea of the Gulf of Mexico. If you don't live near the water, you can still personalize your space with something right outside your window.
A happy marriage of outdoor and indoor is sure to set the mood:
- Bring in fallen branches and display them au naturale, or dress them up with paint.
- Keep fresh flower clippings from the garden on your dresser.
- Doilies, though old-fashioned, reek of romance and serve as modern furniture protectors for clusters of pebbles and glittering rocks.
- More garden-inspired ideas for decorating the bedroom.
Skip Typical SouvenirsOn each trip abroad, buy something special for the bedroom. This couple brought Paris into their bedroom with a replica of Marie Antoinette's fireplace and mirror. But you don't have to be extravagant to get this look. Anything that brings back memories of your romantic travels will do. Look for native accessories that fit in a suitcase, like small bird cages from Hong Kong, wish-you-were-here postcards or Matryoshka nesting dolls from Russia.
More ideas for capturing souvenir style.
Dress the BedLet no texture go unseen — or unfelt — in your romantic bedroom. Choose soft fabrics like velvet and faux fur, and be sure to splurge on high thread count sheets. A faux fur bolster at the foot of the bed and feathery pillows add extra comfort to this bedroom designed by Diana Vincent, www.highcamphome.com.
Afraid of ruffles and feathers, or just want a bed makeover on a budget? A microfiber or silk duvet may be your new, cozy friend.
Sensual SeatingThe bed may be the center for passion in the romantic bedroom, but don't let it be the only place to have a seat. The ingredients to a romantic seating area are comfort, function and whimsy. If you have a larger space, you can build out a nest of seating, like this custom designed "wish room" by designer David Dalton, www.daviddaltoninc.com.
Our sensual seating ideas:
- Add a mini-refrigerator for snacking on strawberries and chocolate or wine chilling, but hide it within a cabinet.
- Choose a chaise, slipper chair or simply floor pillows as your seating, and combine with a side table and fluffy rug. For extra romantic style, angle it near a fireplace or a window.
- Small bedrooms don't have the luxury of a seating nook, so take advantage of footstools or chests at the foot of the bed.
Line and Space OasisThis romantic bedroom in Thailand, designed by Bill Bensley, www.bensley.com, is draped in its country's famous silk fabrics, produced from cocoons of Thai silkworms. Undeniably romantic silk panels cover the walls, simulating the feel of a cocoon. The bedding and pillows follow suit.
On a budget? Bring cultural symbols you already have into your bedroom and reinvent them in different ways. For example, Central Asian suzanis can be canopied from ceiling to wall above the bed, while those married in the German tradition could display their Nuernberg Wedding Cup on a nightstand.