Get a Bedroom For Romance

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How often do you find yourself lost in a romance novel wishing you could be living the life of the latest Danielle Steele heroine -- whisked away by your lover for a night filled with romance and passion? Doesn't that sound appealing?

Well, although we know the likelihood of that isn't very high (unless you're one of the lucky few with a great significant other!), romance and passion are two truly crucial attributes of any healthy relationship. Even if you're not currently involved with someone, you need to create an atmosphere where romance can have a chance to foster.

Your bedroom is the one room of your house where love should want to live. After all, this is the one room of the house where you are more than likely to spend your most intimate moments. But for your bedroom to be a place for romance to blossom, you need to make sure it's a place you enjoy being in.

There are a number of easy projects you can do to truly enhance the character and atmosphere of any bedroom in a matter of hours.

Paint It!

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Painting is by far the quickest and easiest way to change the look and feel of your bedroom. Often, for less than a hundred dollars, you can create just about any look you want. The possibilities of color and style combinations are almost endless.

Adding Softness

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In any dramatic or romantic bedroom, your bed should be the focal point for the room. It can be the anchor from which you draw inspiration for the rest of the style or theme of that room. Consider adding a canopy for a soft tropical look. If your bedroom needs a bit of drama and you also like to sit up in bed to read or watch TV, consider making your own upholstered headboard in any style and color you want. You could also purchase a beautiful unfinished sleigh bed then paint or stain it yourself!

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The other way to add softness is with lighting. When you're ready to relax, who wants bright, glaring lights? While candles often do the trick, there's a way to create intimate lighting without the fire hazard: install a dimmer switch!

A Little Moulding if You Please!

One of our favorite ways to completely change the look of a room is through the use of decorative moulding. Just about any moulding project can help define, enhance and highlight the walls of a room.

But there's no reason to settle for your typical moulding projects. After all, this is your home -- so experiment a little. Try adding layers of moulding to create more ornate, unique shapes that reflect your taste and originality. Look beyond baseboard and window moulding to see how chair rail or maybe a crown moulding can fit into your design.

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Now, you might be trying to convince yourself that installing moulding is too arduous. Well, moulding has come a long way in the last few years. No longer are you relegated to working with bulky, heavy pieces of lumber that have to be primed and painted and then cut to perfection. You have a lot more choices now. One of our recent favorites is prefinished moulding from LP® Moulding.

LP® Prefinished Moulding is an intelligent and affordable alternative to wood in which you can add instant beauty to any room in your home. Available in woodgrain finishes and traditional white, LP® Moulding products are polymer-based, resistant to splitting and warping. They are also moisture resistant, ideal for not only bedrooms but also for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms, unlike wood. LP® Woodgrain Moulding is available in diverse collections, including today's most popular colors. Keep in mind that the woodgrain finishes are gorgeous and look just like hand finished wood. They're lightweight and ready to install upon purchase. But the best part -- they require no sanding, priming, painting or staining! How's that for a timesaver?

Woodgrain moulding might not be the best choice for your decor though. So you might try using the LP Crystal White Moulding, which looks like painted wood and can be installed as-is or painted to match your particular color scheme. Any style you choose will enhance and customize the look of your home - from traditional to modern And with installation so easy, this is one project you can complete in a single afternoon (who doesn't love that?).

Keep Out!

Let's face it - to feel romantic, you have to be able to be completely at ease. One of the fastest ways to kill a romantic mood is when you feel like your neighbors could be peering in. So, take a look at the windows of your bedroom. Do they provide enough light and at the same time provide you with the privacy you need? If not, you might want to consider a few options:

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Curtains have made quite a comeback over the past few years. There are so many varieties available that can have a truly dramatic effect on the decor of your room. Curtains are very easy to install and for just a few dollars can enhance the look of your room while increasing your privacy. Before shopping for curtains, however, consider your usage. If you need them for more than just privacy, such as blocking out the sun in the morning, make certain the material is thick enough to accomplish this task.

Blinds are a great alternative if curtains are too bulky or not your style.

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Blinds have also come a long way lately and your options have increased substantially. One of our favorites is actually called, 'privacy blinds.' These allow you to keep the light coming in, while at the same time keep prying eyes out.

If you decide to use a combination of curtains and blinds, consider installing the blinds on the inside of the window frame. This will give you the most freedom to enhance the decor with your curtains.

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Privacy Film is another option if you want the light but don't care about the view. This is simply a 'sticker' of sorts that fits onto any window you so choose that will block the ability for anyone to see in (or you to see out), but still transparent enough to capture any natural daylight.

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Your door is another easy access point to your bedroom. So, to keep the kids (relatives, friends, or whomever) from walking in at the most inopportune moment, consider installing a locking door knob. This will give you the sense of security and privacy you need to help you relax.

Remember, none of the projects suggested above are more intense than an afternoon or two of your time. It will be time well spent because if you give romance a place to call home it will make more of an effort to live there. Have fun!

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24 comments

29
Sep

We did this a few years ago! Painted some most of the walls a dark color and hung fabric on one wall. I made curtains from remnants that look great & cost hardly anything. When we showed people the bedroom they were impressed at how warm & inviting it was......a get away from the stress of everyday!
3
Oct

I've reviewed your suggustions & can't wait to do it! I'll wait until my husband is out of town on business again. Wish me luck.
6
Oct

We have an especially large room with four big windows, tons of light. I like the idea of putting in some great moldings on the ceiling! The room is a victorian green..rather light and this room is screaming for warmth! Now, how to I get my contractor husband to install the wood blinds. This would really make it a lot cosier! I can take it from there!!
26
Oct

Good Luck...it's like asking the bakery to come home and bake unless there is something they need to do to impress us....Get the DYI book and leave it around the house and ask him if you can help him to do this....he'll impress you with his skills so fast ;DYI he would never live it down-Wife of Contractor Also
10
Oct

We moved in December, 2005. I had a choice of bedrooms and chose the original living room which had a fireplace. It has a big living/den area. I dd not need two living rooms so I turned it into the bedroom. I am not yet 100% finished, but it is really romantic and soft. I get comments from everyone I show and they want me to help them decorate theirs. I'll get a pic to you soon!!! thanks
13
Oct

I have a very Small bedroom, painted it all cream. I have sheer curtains on three walls. I would like to pot some colour on the walls, but don't know waht will work well in a VERY SMALL bedroom?
18
Oct

If the head of your bed is against a wall. Buy 2 sconces (Available at Home Depot,Bed, Bath, Beyond).) Anywhere for about $15-$20.00 each. Buy 1 VIBRANT colored curtain, red, maroon, blue, whatever you like, very long 64-80 inches or longer and simply hang it from each sconce. You can make 1 side hang down farther than the other or keep it even. It adds a splash of beautiful color and is easy enough to change with the seasons. You can even wrap some silk flowers around it to give it a bit more.
23
Oct

A stripe around the walls in a color of your choice will make the room seem larger & also you could carry the cream from the walls up onto the ceiling aswell.
26
Oct

Hey stay with light pastels ; color that will transition with change of mood and sheets/covers...neutral shades; yellow/ blues/ gold/ egg shells. try small cans [sample packages from paint store] paint some spots and change the lighting in the room to see how the colors work...then when decided...buy the bulk of the color and call a professional if you aer not A Jane DYI person or call a friend...that is not scared of DYI projects....KILT will always hide mistakes.
14
Oct

My ceilings need upgrading and removal of the old popcorn ceilings. I would like to know the easiest and most efficient way to accomplish this.
26
Oct

I used a garden sprayer to spray a light mist of water and then a plastic drywall trowel to scrape it off. Make sure that whatever flat-edged object you use has rounded ends to keep nics on the ceiling to a minimum. You will need to apply some drywall compound to smooth it out, then lightly sand until smooth. Repeat this in thin layers as necessary to make smooth. Then paint w/a primer, I prefer Kilz, and paint w/ceiling paint. It's much easier than I ever thought, but it is time consuming. Make sure not to rush, because the hardest part is getting the ceiling smooth, I learned this the hard way. Good Luck!
31
Oct

I am about to do this myself. As far as I know you can use water to soften it up but that is far too messy for me. I would suggest filing and rounding a putty knife (12" if you can get it)and that way when you scrape the popcorn off it wont gouge your ceiling. Also houses built before the 80's may have asbestos in the popcorn so you may want a test before you start. good luck!
16
Nov

a spray bottle of hot water and a wide wall knife will get the popcorn off...be sure not to gouge the ceiling with your knife! Be prepared to do some sanding and maybe some mudding over the seams to finish off before priming and painting. I did almost every room in my house this year and it was worth the neck ache!
27
Nov

I removed the 'cottage cheese' on my whole mobile home ceiling last winter. First I got a large plastic sprayer and sprayed the ceiling, one room at a time. Then I used a scraper balanced against a small handheld rectangular plastic tub. On the laddar I scraped straight lines trying hard not to jab the corners of the scraper into the wet dry wall ceiling. I placed a large trash bag in the middle of the room, easy access. The small tub caught all the 'cottage cheese' and I could dump the full loads into the bag. I wore sunglasses because I didn't have safety glasses. My husband textured the entire house, including the ceiling, so any imperfections in my work are now hidden. My suggestion would be to carefully consider recessed lighting or other changes before refinishing the ceiling.
26
Oct

Who has the ideal on how to make a hanging canopy from the ceiling with curtains.
29
Oct

I purchased a used mobile home, with lots of pits and bumps in the sheetrock walls, rather than replacing all the walls I sanded the bumps down filles the holes, primed the walls and texturized them with joint compound(thinned slightly) and a big sponge. WOW if you could see the walls now. YOu cannot tell where sheetrock begins and end, and all the new pieces that were replaced from severe damage are hidden too. Looks professional and was so easy. Easy to do a room a day!!
30
Oct

while repainting/reclaiming my bedroom after a divorce, i found that strips of the twenty year old drywall tape were coming apart. how do i get that tape to lie down again, so that i can finish painting?
5
Nov

I have a beautiful canopy bed that I slept on when I was a child. It looks great as a four poster bed. The canopy frame has been lost. What wound you suggest. Can you still buy a canopy frame? I have not been able to find one.
16
Nov

Any ideas on how to jazz up an old drop ceiling in an otherwise nice powder room? The style is "modern" Victorian. I thought there might be a way to get a faux tin ceiling effect.
22
Nov

I love the look of crown molding and I would like to install it in my bedroom. Is it possible with a vaulted ceiling or will it just look horrible? Has anybody tried it??
25
Nov

I like to layer draperies! I have found that Big Lots AND Tuesday Morning have basically the same articles! I was shocked! In fact Big Lots, who carries tons of Waverly, had several of the special toys (children) a couple of bucks more that Tuesday Morning! Anyway, Big Lots carries the very long "scarves" for dressing the windows with that little extra touch of elegance! They run around 3.99! What a price. I did all the windows in Living Dining combo areas and also my bedroom. I also put very large cup hooks in the ceiling of my master, added several of these scarves and the bed now looks like a 4-poster! You can connect all four sides, or just put one or two on each hook which really looks like a four poster effect. Hang a chandelier or "candlelier" in the center and you have a very romantic look. Tassels is another idea to add here and there. Good luck! Colors available were black, purple, beige and white.
25
Nov

I thought I could not have a canopy without the original canopy frame that was with my 4 poster bed when I was a teen. I thinks the cup hooks,scarves,tassels and candeliers would work great in my apt. I love your sense of budget! There is a Big Lots and a Tuesday Mornings close to me. I can change out the scarves to match different colors in quilts,comforters and bedspreads. I am excited!! Now, if I can find a husband to share my romantic bedroom and heart with!!
13
Feb

Has anyone tried to make a bed crown or cornice? I am trying to find one out of iron or wood... or I might use wall curtain sconces above the window that is over my bed. I want to drape long sheers from near the ceiling down around my bed/headboard. {thumbnail name:'/home/20033/fsimageattach/7663_window.jpg'}
17
Jul

I think the look of blinds are a little "hard" for a mood setting. Cellular shades provide a much softer look. Don't get me wrong, I love blinds, but for the purpose of establishing a romantic mood, I think shades are the way to go. bheavey BlindFinder.com Contributor Simplifying your Online Blinds Experience... One Window at a Time