Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. But you don’t have to travel to another continent to enjoy its charm, or wait until your second honeymoon to fall in love all over again. Turn your bedroom into your personal “City of Lights” just by choosing the right lamps, fabrics, and color schemes.
The Venice aesthetic
Many of the townships within Megaworld at the Fort are actually inspired by the romantic Italian cities of Venice, Florence and Tuscany. While these cities are modern, the heritage architecture still bring residents back to a calmer, more elegant time. You can do the same when you decorate your bedroom. Read our article on creating an Italian aesthetic, or just use the following tips–all of them are affordable, easy, and not the least bit frilly or girly (we know your husband will balk at rose pink colors!)Many of the townships within Megaworld at the Fort are actually inspired by the romantic Italian cities of Venice, Florence and Tuscany.
Transform your bed
Your bed is the largest piece of furniture in your condo bedroom, so turn it into the focal point. House Beautiful recommends adding an antique headboard (this 19th century piece is beautifully upholstered with a modern romantic print, which keeps the look current, as opposed to “abandoned castle”). You don’t have to spend a fortune on a headboard, either. Scour secondhand furniture shops for antique doorframes or window frames (as a prior Megaworld blog entry shows, repurposed furniture is one of the top 2014 condo decorating trends).
If your husband balks at the over-feminine print, you can use a wooden headboard–slightly distressed, to evoke the Old World charm of Venice)–and mix neutral colors with romantic prints. You might not think that brocade or hand-embroidered pillow will work with your other accessories, but if you stick to the color scheme, the new texture will be both romantic and chic.Your bed is the largest piece of furniture in your condo bedroom, so turn it into the focal point.
Use warm colors
No husband will balk at the brown and cream color scheme of this bedroom, created by Italian company Savio Firmino. The natural light, streaming through a large window, casts a glow that reminds us of candlelight dinners and cuddling in front of fireplaces. But notice how the designer stuck to a very monochromatic color scheme but used different textures and patterns. The soft rug, the furniture upholstery, and even the subtle speckled paint all work together to make brown anything but boring. (Read more on color schemes for condos.)
Use mood lighting
While you have to be practical when you choose bathroom or kitchen lighting, you can–and should–be more whimsical and romantic when you pick light fixtures for your bedroom. This is your sanctuary. Your goal is to create the mood for relaxation and romance.
This room, designed by Timothy Whealon, has a very clean and modern vibe (and even has a few practical reading lamps, thrown in for good measure). However, the chandelier adds that touch of the Old World. The couple can always turn off all the other lights, escape from the rest of the world, and pretend they are on their European honeymoon.
If you prefer bedside lamps, choose 60-watt lamps with yellow or pink tinted bulbs. This is very flattering light (nobody looks good in harsh, overhead fluorescent lighting) and, unlike candles, there is no risk of setting the bedroom and the rest of the house on fire.If you prefer bedside lamps, choose 60-watt lamps with yellow or pink tinted bulbs.
Bring back memories
Sometimes all you need to rekindle romance is to remember what made you fall in love with each other in the first place. The most obvious way to do this is to hang photos–not just family pictures, but your favorite pictures from the time that you were dating. Unique mementos, like this custom-made plaque of special dates, can also be a great way to commemorate your love story.
Organize and declutter
Your bedroom shouldn’t be a dumping ground of all the things you want to hide from guests. After all, there’s nothing sexy about sleeping in a warehouse. Clear the tables — keep and display only what makes you feel happy or calm. Clothes and accessories should stay in cabinets (invest in cabinet organizers to maximize space). Transfer the grooming and beauty products that tend to take over the bedroom vanity into pretty containers, or tuck behind shelves into or pretty boxes. Add a small cluster of flowers and you’re done.
It sounds like a lot of effort to create (and to maintain!) but it is worth it. You’ll want to wake up in this room in the morning, and you’ll feel more peaceful and relaxed at night.
Research shows that there is a scientific link between romance and scent. The olfactory lobe of the brain is part of the limbic system. Interestingly enough this is the same area that produces sexual desires. One of the best ways to utilize the power of scents is to use sensual oils like vanilla, sandalwood, rose, clary sage, jasmine, neroli, patchouli, vetiver and ylang-ylang.
However, candles can be a fire hazard and may not produce very strong scents. Fragrance diffusers are safer, and if you buy high-quality pure oil, more potent. You can also use air fresheners, or buy linen sprays.
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