There is no better place to bring romance into your home decorating than in the bedroom. This is the room where we relax, recharge, and have private time away from the bustle of everyday life. Here are some great ways to punch up the sizzle in your bedroom (ok, I am just talking decorating here, folks…) without leaving your bank account fried!

Romantic layered bedroom



Photo above courtesy of Pottery Barn.

Use color to soften the room, and spice up the mood.

The bedroom is a great place to use those warm, sensual colors usually not used in more public spaces. Add drama with rich reds, elegance with regal purples, or a little fantasy with a deep blue ceiling covered with painted stars. All it takes is a can of paint and a little nerve to create an intimate space you’ll dream of all day long! We couldn’t find the true source for the photo below. If anyone knows, please let us know in comments.

Romantic purple bedroom


Add four poster feeling with a four dollar budget.

Pick up a few yards of scrim or other gauzy fabric and create your own four poster bed! Screw eye hooks from the hardware store into the ceiling above each of the four corners of the bed. Now hang the fabric from the eye hooks, draping to each corner and down to the floor. Repeat on both sides of the bed. The same romance as a four poster, for just a few dollars! Check out the tutorial for this wonderful bedroom makeover over at ‘Rosy Red Buttons’

Romantic canopy bedroom


Layer the bed with romance.

Most of us have a bedspread or comforter on the bed, but consider adding layers to your bedding to create a bed and breakfast feel right in your own bedroom. Add extra pillows with shams, throw pillows and even a soft blanket throw to cuddle up with on a cool afternoon. A quilt folded up at the foot of the bed promises a cozy night, and a soft rug laid on the floor keeps toes happy come morning. Photo courtesy of BHG.

Romantic bedroom lighting


Light up the night.

Lighting for mood is greatly overlooked in the bedroom, but since we use this room mostly at night, it shouldn’t be! Add inexpensive can lights from the home improvement store to each corner of the room to add drama and flair. Make sure there are reading lights available if you read in bed, and install a dimmer switch on any overhead lighting. Also don’t overlook the value of candlelight in the bedroom! Candle sconces can be mounted on the walls, or groupings of candles can be set on night tables. Remember to never leave candles unattended. Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn.

romantic bedroom makeover


Stop to smell the roses.

Use scent to create a romantic atmosphere. Set out potpourri or scented oils, or try spritzing your linens with your favorite scent before you make the bed. Consider using subtle scents such as patchouli, sandalwood, or lavender. Scented sachets can be tucked into pillow cases, and some scents are even said to help with restful sleep! Check out the short tutorial on ‘All About You’.

romantic bedroom make over


Obviously you can’t go wrong with fresh cut flowers as in this lovely bedroom from ‘Pottery Barn’.

Romantic Bedroom Makeover

Finally, try rearranging the room’s furniture and accessories for a new “view”. Little changes like a new coat of paint and some dramatic lighting is all it takes to transport you to an exotic resort feel away from it all. Easy ways to create a romantic bedroom haven for you and the one you love!

Image Credits: Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn, We Heart It, Rosy Red Buttons, BHG, All About You, Pottery Barn




  1. maryjayne September 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Where can I buy this comforter and pillow shams

  2. Deborah December 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Where can I buy the white duvet from the “Light up the night” photo?

    1. Kathy Woodard December 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I’m sorry Deborah, it’s not our project so I have no idea! Readers, anyone seen one like this?

      1. Peggy Patrick March 25, 2016 at 7:51 am

        Have seen similar bedding on Anthropologie web site.

  3. Angela January 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    The first picture is from Pottery Barn

  4. Haleigh January 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    You can buy it at pottery barn!

  5. Eileen Clabuesch November 14, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Color is great, everything looks great but bed, looks hard not warm & inviting. maybe fuzzy rug by bed.

  6. Tatum March 28, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Does anyone know what color that pottery barn duvet is? Looks like they offer that one in a blue and a grey, but I can’t quite tell what one it is. The blue one on the pottery barn website looks more like a denim blue….


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