Stimulating and emotionally intense, red is attention-grabbing. It represents enthusiasm, the joy of living, stimulates energy and provides a sense of protection from fears. These are all great emotions to bring out in the bedroom, although it is important to balance it out and keep it from becoming overwhelming.
There are many different shades of red itself, varying from bright to dark, and this color group also includes hues of pink and orange. Stacey Antonakos-Perez, Manager of the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio and Highland Homes model decorator, used tones of red when decorating the master suite of our Williamson II model home in Plant City. Stacey says, "Red makes a statement. To tone it down, as well as keep it from being too feminine, I used varying hues and paired it with browns and beiges. The red acts as a dramatic accent, while overall the room is more neutral.쳌
If you are painting with red, select a wall to use as an accent wall rather than painting the entire room. Typically, this is the wall that you will see first when entering the room, or the wall that your bed is on. Another option is to paint a band of color in the tray ceiling as we did in the Williamson II model home.
Not ready to paint? Red is a perfect accent color to use as for accessories. Add a bold splash of red with throws pillows, lamp shades, window treatments or candles. Use small accents in varying red tones paired with white linens for a classy look. Or, pair red accents with black furniture for a sleek look which is more masculine.
Another romantic way to add red is on the headboard itself. Built-in headboards have gained popularity in recent years. Stacey says, “It is a less expensive than purchasing a piece of furniture and adds a unique and personalized look to the bedroom.쳌
Upholstered fabric headboards are also a popular option and easy to make, or to purchase. Select a darker red with an arched top for a regal look, and pair with white or light colored bedding.
Moving away from paint and decorating, here are some simple ideas to prepare your master suite for romance this Valentine’s Day:
Light the room softly. If you are not comfortable using candles, try a string of white Christmas lights around the dresser or at the top of a wall.
Eliminate the clutter and stash away any distractions
Scatter rose petals around the room. Cloth petals can be found at most any party store, and are easier to clean up (as well as cheaper!) than fresh rose petals. Create a trail leading from the front door to your romantic master retreat!
Set the mood with music; turn it on low so it’s not too overpowering.
Turn your dresser into a buffet with a romantic floral arrangement as the centerpiece. Add a plate of fresh fruit, some pieces of chocolate, and an ice bucket with champagne or red wine to sip on.
Lastly, mist the room with fragrance or melt some scented wax to accentuate the atmosphere. Sweet jasmine, lavender and vanilla are scents commonly associated with romance, or you can try the woody yet sweet sandalwood, spicy floral ylang-ylang, or refreshing citrus, which are aromas said to be aphrodisiacs.
For more tips and ideas on how to decorate for Valentine’s Day, check out our board on Pinterest. If you are looking for additional tips on how to decorate with stimulating red, read our blog about how to decorate with Marsala, an earthy red-brown hue recently named as Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year.
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