What Is the Most Romantic Color for the Bedroom?

Updated February 21, 2017

It's not easy to create an amorous mood when your bedroom decor is working against you. Some colours can help create a more intimate environment than others, but because women and men have different ideas about romance, the most romantic colour for the bedroom is one that appeals to both sexes.

Passionate Red

From scarlet to burgundy, red is a bold, romantic bedroom colour. Because red has a stimulating effect, it transforms a boudoir into a passionate place, but it's best to use this colour sparingly. If you opt for red paint, stick with an accent wall. If you don't want to paint, red-patterned bedding, curtains and accents are often enough to add spice to your bedroom without creating a jarring effect.

Soothing Blue

Just about any shade of blue can give your room a calmer vibe, and feeling relaxed is a must when it comes to romance. Pair soft blue walls with crisp white bedding and accents to create a classic, romantic room that especially appeals to men. Add sheer white flowing curtains to allow filtered light to enter the room even when the lights are off.

Peaches and Cream

Guys usually run the other direction when it comes to the colour pink, but it's possible to bring this hue into the bedroom in a way that doesn't look feminine. When used on walls, pinks and peaches create a flattering environment for all skin tones, which certainly doesn't hurt when you're hoping to get close. Pick a pale peach for walls; it works surprisingly well as a neutral. Pair it with dark wood furnishings and creamy ivory bedding for a soft, yet man-friendly appeal.

Smooth Brown

Brown may not be the first colour that comes to mind when you think of romance, but when brown is reminiscent of everyone's favourite aphrodisiac -- chocolate -- it can be a sweet, sensual colour for romantic bedroom decor. Like peachy hues, brown looks even smoother paired with creamy ivory. Try using a few red accents with brown walls for a rich look that makes every day feel like Valentine's Day.

Mysterious Purple

Create a more exotic bedroom with shades of lavender, violet or plum. Lighter shades are soft and romantic; deeper shades inspire passion. Try using lighter shades on walls to avoid an overwhelming feel, and use deeper tones for accents.

Enhancing a Romantic Decor

No matter what colour you paint your bedroom walls, there are some additional things you can do to make your sleeping space more romantic. Incorporate sensual fabrics -- silk, chenille, high thread-count cottons -- and soft lighting. Add scented candles to bring a warm glow and an alluring fragrance to the room.

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