Is your boudoir Valentine’s Day-ready? If the pathway to your bed is an assault course of stagnant socks and manky mugs, trust us – it’s not going to aid you in the black art of seduction. You need to create an atmosphere of romance and passion – a haven to retreat to for a special evening that’s memorable for all the right reasons.
Do not despair, Cupid! Land of Beds is here to get you back on track with our guide to creating the perfect Valentine’s Day setting in your bedroom:
Keep it Clean – The only thing you want your Valentine to be falling into is your bed, not next week’s laundry pile. First thing’s first, tidy up. Ottoman and divan bed owners have the advantage here, where a thousand sins can be hidden discreetly out of sight under your plump, supportive mattress. Clear out all-surface clutter, re-hang your clothes and give the carpet a good vacuum; extra points if you whip a can of polish out too.
Light of Your Life – Harsh lighting has no place in the bedroom, whatever the time of year. It plays havoc with your body clock – promoting wakefulness and leading to poor-quality sleep. At Valentine’s, it’s even more important to get it right; think soft flickering (and oh-so-flattering) candle light in mood-appropriate scents such as You Warm My Heart by Yankee Candle. (Extra bonus points… a well-chosen candle with a thoughtful name also doubles up as a romantic gift!)
Say It With Flowers – Red roses symbolise love, romance, beauty and perfection. They have been gifted on Valentine’s since the Victorian era – traditionally in bunches of 12. Place yours in a beautiful vase next to your bed on your partner’s side with a handwritten love note. Alternatively, a single rose stem – laid across your Valentine’s pillow – is a lovely touch. Popular delivery services are Interflora or Moonpig, or shop local and support your local florist.
Fashionable Fizz – Prosecco is ‘having a moment’. UK sales overtook Champagne for the first time in 2015 – tipping £338.6 million. It’s the cheaper, but no less tastier, way to enjoy sparkling wine – making it the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore Brut scored the highest in the supermarket Christmas 2015 taste test – retailing at just £15. That said, if your budget allows for it, Champagne will always be a timeless way to make a classy Valentine’s statement. Keep it chilled within easy reach and serve in flutes.
Food of Love – If your Valentine is sweet-toothed, a box of gorgeous chocolates placed on the bedside table will always be a great way to say ‘I love you’. Thorntons offer a personalised service so you can make your gift totally unique (a special pet name or even a proposal!). Fancy something quirky? Hotel Chocolat’s Love Potions gift box are designed to cast a spell on someone special!
Make Beautiful Music – Step away from LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It – and don’t even think about bringing out the Barry White big guns (unless your Valentine is a massive fan)! More modern musical seduction choices include Ellie Goulding’s cover of Your Song by Elton John (which she sang at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding no less!) or The Bones of You by Elbow, which was voted in the top 101 song choices for first dances.
Perfect Petals – Feeling artsy? It’s a final flourish often associated with honeymoon hoteliers, but one you can replicate at home… Scattered rose petals (fresh, dried or silk) on your bedding are a Valentine’s show-stopper. For maximum points, go for the full-on heart-shaped effect. Two packs is sufficient for a Queen-sized bed; three for a King.
What are your favourite ways to create a special atmosphere in your bedroom? Comment below so we can share the love!
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