Love is in the air so let’s put a little into our rooms. With February, the month of love, just around the corner our minds are on romance. Single or married, we could all use a little more romance in our lives so let’s create rooms that help us inspire those amorous feelings.
Did you know that your rooms, the spaces you spend so much of your precious time in, can actually inspire romance and even make you feel friskier? Yes, good design can help stimulate our libidos just like an aphrodisiac… read on.
It shouldn’t need saying but a clean and de-cluttered space, is a must for romance, so before we change colours, add new textures, rearrange the furniture or hang artwork, clean up and clear out all of the unnecessary junk.
Colour and texture play key rolls in inspiring ‘wickedly delicious activities’. If we want to create lusty thoughts, then stay away from greens, and colour your room a sexy pink or red; the most amorous hues on the colour wheel. Consider great shades such as china red, fuchsia or raspberry. This colour family will actually stimulate your libido but if they are just too powerful to use as a main colour then pair with a sleek linen white, nocturnal black or a classic caramel.
Texture plays as significant of a roll as colour does in a room. To inspire passionate intentions bring in seductive textures such as faux fur, perhaps an area rug in front of the fireplace or a throw at the end of the bed, use silk and satin as upholstery or drapery or even a couple of toss cushions. Before committing to any texture, whether it is fabric, flooring, upholstery or accessory, close your eyes and feel. If it doesn’t make you blush, leave it in the store.
When we design sexy spaces in a home, I’m very conscious of the elements and ensuring that they are represented in pairs. Often, I see bedrooms that are designed for one- not two, one chaise or chair instead of a pair of chaises, a palette that is too feminine or too masculine instead of a balanced space. Keep secondary pieces of furniture in pairs and hang or display art work that inspires love and romance and ensure that the subject mater represents two and not one. (For example, a pair of herons on a beach instead of one heron on a beach).
Put lights on dimmer switches in all the romantic spaces, the chandelier over the dining table, the chandelier over your bath tub, table lamps on your end tables and the floor lamp in the living room. Soft sexy lighting is a romance must-have. In all the same spaces, ensure that you have easy access to music and create a ‘made-for-love’ play list. We all know what aphrodisiac scents can be so fill these spaces with sexy, exotic scents of natural essential oils.
Now love those rooms or I guess we should say love in those rooms-that’s fabulous!