If you can’t afford to redecorate your entire house, you should still pay attention to the bedroom because that’s where the magic happens – and you start your marriage off on the right foot. Regardless of the size of your budget, you can still make small changes to your bedroom that will make a big difference. Here are some ideas:
Clear the Clutter
There is nothing less sexy than piles of stuff drowning out your sanctuary. Your bedroom is not a trash can or junk drawer. It’s where you and your spouse retreat for rest, relaxation, and romance. No one will be in the mood for sex if she has to clear piles of dirty laundry before getting to the bed. The first step to setting the mood is creating the right kind of ambiance. To do that, you need to pick up and clean.
Make sure there’s a space for everything and everything in its space. Throw away some of the things you no longer need. (Yes, it’s time to part with that New Kids on the Block nightgown you have from when you were 12 or those Star Wars figurines on the nightstand.) You can find affordable drawer dividers, plastic storage boxes, and closet organizers at stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, or The Container Store. Use these organizers to get items off the floor and either behind closet doors, in dressers, or under the bed. As you make new purchases for your home or wardrobe, try to imagine where the items will go and if you have space for them. This will help you keep clutter to a minimum and could save you a few dollars, too.
Add a Dash of Color
Often, newlyweds are decorating a space for the first time. Many of their other living arrangements had been temporary. When you’re used to renting and leaving the walls a neutral white or beige, color can be shocking. But it does not have to be. For starters, you and your spouse can turn to other items you already have for inspiration. Maybe there’s a gold and burgundy throw rug in your bedroom that you both really like. In that case, you can paint the walls a gold to match the rug and use accessories that are burgundy. If you’re really daring, you could paint an accent wall – perhaps the one with the bed in front of it – the burgundy color. Paint is a great way to make a dramatic statement without spending a lot of money. The best part is that you can simply paint over your work if you decide you hate it.
Get Creative with Furniture
Lots of newlyweds have hand-me-down or dorm furniture that does not match and makes the room less sophisticated and stylish. Get a more grown-up room by painting the furniture all the same color, so it matches. You can change the hardware for a fresher, more uniform look. If you have a silver light fixture, choose silver drawer pulls. Some paint and hardware can make your furniture look brand new for next to nothing.
Another way to get creative with your furniture is to play with its positioning in the room. For instance, a bedroom overstuffed with furniture is not very inviting. Consider losing that extra dresser to make room for the bed under the windows. Maybe you could put a long bench from the garden at the foot of the bed and place a blanket on it for when you want to get cozy. Placing furniture – even items from other parts of your house – in different ways can give your bedroom a whole new look. You are limited only by your creativity.
Make the Bed Your Showpiece
Get in the habit of using all those nice linens from your registry and clean your sheets regularly. Make or purchase a few throw pillows to give the bed some personality and bring in an accent color. Make sure it looks inviting. If you have only a bed frame and no headboard, consider making one. Framed photos or pieces of art that you might already have are one option. You could also use an old white-picket fence (that you’ve cleaned up and repainted), a long pillow hung on a dowel over the bed, or a padded and slip-covered piece of plywood. Another option, which will give you an ultra-romantic look, is attaching a canopy from the ceiling. The point is to make your bed the star of the room. As the focal point, it should stand out and be warm and welcoming for you and your spouse. For information on DIY headboards, visit an area dedicated to the subject on About.com's Interior Decorating site.
Light Up Your Life
Lighting can make your room sexier. Installing dimmers or simply placing red handkerchiefs or colored shades over lamps can go far to help you create a more romantic vibe. Candles are another way to change the lighting and set the scene for love. Hang dark drapes or blinds for privacy and to keep out the sunlight whenever the two of you want to spend the day in bed.
Choose the Right Accessories
You can keep up that romantic ambiance by accessorizing wisely. Place bouquets of fresh flowers on the nightstands. For special occasions, you can scatter rose petals on the floor and bed. Hang art and photos that are meaningful to you. Keep a pretty box filled with love letters you’ve sent to one another on the dresser or a vase filled with shells from your honeymoon on a shelf near the bed. The important thing is to place objects in the room that remind you both of your love story, the wonderful memories you’ve shared, and the many possibilities for the future.