Bedrooms have become offices, "communication central" for families, bill paying centers and sleeping quarters. What's been lost in all the hustle and bustle is romance. Keep a special stash of mood-enhancing items in your linen closet for when you want to transform the bedroom from utilitarian to romantic.
Clear out the clutter. A messy bedroom isn't conducive to romance. Put away the clothes on the floor. Throw out any old newspapers and magazines. Clear off the nightstands. While you're at it, do the same thing for the master bathroom. Romantic evenings often start with a warm bath.
Remove work- or office-related materials and any other type of paperwork.
Give the room a good cleaning. You don't have to wash the windows or scrub the floors but dusting the furniture, removing cobwebs and vacuuming the floors will make you feel like you're in a hotel room that's just been cleaned.
Change the bedding. Throw the pillows in the dryer on high setting for 15 minutes to remove dust and fluff the fibers. Choose your best sheets, either in satin or a high-count cotton. Turn down the bedding. Add a lace coverlet to the top of the comforter. Sprinkle rose petals on the pillows.
Light candles. Flickering candles provide warmth, a sense of intimacy and scent. Be careful where you place them so they aren't a fire hazard.
Subdue other lighting. If you don't want to use candles, change the light bulbs in the lamps to a lower wattage or use pink-tinted bulbs to give a rosy glow to the surroundings.
Set up a small table with a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage on ice, two glasses and perhaps a light snack of cheese, fruit slices and chocolates. A small refrigerator filled with drinks and snacks won't take up much space.
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- "Everyday Styling"; Sue Coelho; 2002
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