Setting a Romantic Room

Appeal to all five senses when setting up a romantic room.Appeal to all five senses when setting up a romantic room.

A romantic room puts both you and your partner in the mood for closeness, relaxation and tender, unforgettable moments. It’s a perfect gift for your loved one whether you’re doing it for Valentine's day or for no special reason. When you set up the room, organize it so it appeals to all or most of the senses: smell, taste, touch, sight and sound.

Step 1

Soften the lights in the room to calm the visual senses. Use a soft, low-watt bulb. If you want to change the color of the bulb, make it pink for a romantic low-key atmosphere, red for a passionate affair or lavender if you’re doing this for a woman; — lavender is a color that symbolizes femininity and elegance, according to the color theorists at Princeton Online Incredible Art Department.

Step 2

Modify the color scheme of the room. Use neutral shades for most of the room, with a few splashes of color throughout. Use the same color theory rules as in the first step (red, pink, lavender) for developing your romantic theme. If you’re turning the bedroom into a romantic place, one option is to drape the room in all-white sheets, curtains and rugs, then add red, pink or lavender pillows, throws and shades. If you're modifying a bathroom, run a bubble bath, add tan rugs and curtains, then sprinkle lavender flowers on the bath bubbles.

Step 3

Burn a few scented candles throughout the room and spritz all fabric surfaces with an inviting scent. Scents commonly associated with a romantic atmosphere include lavender, pumpkin pie, jasmine flower, vanilla and rose.

Step 4

Replace bed linen (if decorating a bedroom) with 300-count Egyptian-thread sheets. Egyptian cotton is one of the most soft and luxurious fabrics on the skin. Another option is a high-grade silk. If you're setting a living room, drape the couch with a plush high-count cotton throw so that when your partner relaxes, she can feel the softness on her skin and face.

Step 5

Play gentle, romantic music softly in the background to appeal to the sound senses. Smart picks include jazz, R&B and soft rock. Make the pick depending on your partner’s taste.

Step 6

Place foods through the room at various points that will appeal to your sense of taste and put you both in the mood for love. Many believe oysters are an aphrodisiac, as are nuts, figs and chocolate. Place them in dishes that coordinate with your color theme of choice.

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Things You Will Need

  • Low-watt bulb
  • Candles
  • Scented fabric spray
  • Linens and other fabric decor
  • Romantic music
  • Aphrodisiac foods

About the Author

Louise Balle has been writing Web articles since 2004, covering everything from business promotion to topics on beauty. Her work can be found on various websites. She has a small-business background and experience as a layout and graphics designer for Web and book projects.

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