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By Ann Moore-Spencer
JUST BECAUSE Valentine's Day is over
doesn't mean you need to slack off on the
romance. Why not transform your bedroom
into a romantic hideaway that will keep on
pleasing all year round? The key is to re-
move distractions of everyday life and en-
tice and delight all your senses to create a
comfortable, relaxing, and sensuous space.
Here are a few tips that won't break the
CONSIDER YOUR PARTNER. Create and
decorate your bedroom with your significant
other in mind. Romance may mean lace and
rose petals to you, but if that is not your
partner's style, guess who wouldn't feel ro-
mantic in the space. You run the risk of them
feeling uncomfortable and out of place.
Think of what they like and attempt to in-
corporate some of that in the space. What
says romance to you and your partner will
be different for another couple. So the spirit
of compromise is the foundation for the
bedroom that blends your styles and cre-
ates a place where you both feel pampered.
REMOVE DETRACTORS. Clear all counter-
tops and floor. Get rid of clothes hanging
from the closet doors or on chairs, shoes
lined up on the floor or clutter on the dresser
top. Move out the newspapers and maga-
zines. A clutter-free and organised space is
more welcoming. Move everything out of
sight that detracts from romance and relax-
ation. Get it out of the room or store it out
of sight. Avoid adding too much stuff. Just
add what is necessary to make the room ro-
mantic, inviting and elegant.
REMOVE OUTSIDE DISTRACTIONS. The
television is one of the biggest romance
killjoys. Get it out, store it away, or cover it
up. Nothing worse than when you have ro-
mance on your mind and your partner is de-
tracted by a game or movie or their
favourite episode on the DIY channel! Music
is a great mood setter, though. Remove the
papers and laptop from work and the cro-
chet project. Unplug the phone and turn off
the cell -- spoils the focus and ruins an oth-
erwise romantic environment.
DELIGHTFUL AROMAS. Get rid of unpleas-
ant or stale odours. Dirty clothes, pet
odours, dirty linen, smelly shoes --- get them
out!! Clean all surfaces and launder all the
bed linen. You want everything fresh, clean
and inviting. Then use some scent sparingly.
Ensure that the fragrance you select is not
over powering for your partner. So stay
away from ultra-feminine or heavy floral
scents. The scent of fresh flowers is seldom
off-putting and is very romantic. Scented
candles can be romantic. If in doubt, stay
with something light and fresh.
USE WARM WALL COLOUR. Warm wall
colour creates an intimate and cosy space.
Or select colours of deeper, darker value.
The space looks inward and seems more in-
timate. If using lighter colours or whites, pre-
fer the warmer versions. Wallpaper or sten-
cils in metallic have a particularly regal feel;
making the space elegant and romantic.
FLOORING. What does flooring have to do
with romance? Think warm and cosy. So
rugs are key to creating your romantic get-
away. Rugs are one of the ways of introduc-
ing both colour and textiles into the room;
two of the key elements for creating that
LIGHTING. Dimmers, dimmers, dimmers.
Romance and harsh, bright light do not go
well together. So, fluorescent and bright
white lights are not your friends. We want
shadows, and warm, soft glows. Look for
some way to filter the light. Dimmers, low
wattage bulbs and lampshades can also set
the atmosphere. If privacy is not an issue,
consider natural moonlight or sunlight filter-
ing through the window. For the ultimate ro-
mantic ambience, nothing beats candlelight.
WINDOW TREATMENTS. They are the
perfect ally for creating a romantic space.
They can filter or block outside lights and
create just the right amount of cosiness.
They soften the harsh lines of the window
and the room. Compare a window treated
with blinds versus one draped with fabric.
Fabric is definitely a cosier and more roman-
tic option. Blackout drapery keeps out the
light long after the sun is high in the air. On
the other hand, you may not want to look in-
ward if you have lovely, private views out-
side your bedroom window. Many of us can
only have the luxury of open balcony doors,
balmy breezes and wonderful views when
we are in a resort hotel.
FOCUS ON THE BED. The bed is the focal
point of the room. If nowhere else, focus
your attention to creating that romantic
oasis in that one piece of furnishing. Dra-
matic headboards bring focus to the bed,
but for romance, the key is in the bed dress-
ing. A bed with a canopy or some kind of
draping is very romantic. Bed drapings can
be gender neutral and can fit into any deco-
rating style. Again we create that pamper-
ing, cosy cocoon experience. For comfort,
select fabrics that are airy and soft. Visu-
alise -- soft, cool, comfy bedding. For me,
that spells quality cotton or a cotton blend
bedcoverings and pillows that coordinate
well with the colour scheme of the room. I
guess you expected to hear me say satin
sheets and velvet pillows. Not in this cli-
mate! I can think of nothing more unroman-
tic than hot, uncomfortable sheets that
don't breathe! So think about what you will
like to feel next to your skin, not just of the
visual impact. This is your opportunity to in-
troduce pattern and colour, if that is your
style. Again think warm colours that flatter
your skin tone. If you already have darker
value walls you may want to use mid-tone
bedding, or for contrast consider whites. Pil-
lows can be used to introduce accent
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The bed is the focal point of the room. If nowhere
else, focus your attention to creating that romantic
oasis in that one piece of furnishing.
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