The bedroom is where you go to relax, recover and re-charge at the end of a busy day. But, according to designer Blanche Garcia, you should not forget the most important R word: romance.
Blanche Garcia, interior designer on Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel, and owner of B. garcia designs was also seen on TV shows such as Design Star, MTV CRibs, The Better Show, DayTime and House Smarts. You may also have seen her featured in numerous publications.
Drawing upon her Interior Design education and years of designing for a varied clientele ranging from professional athletes to corporations, she offered us plenty of easy to implement tips. She believes that anyone can have a sexy bedroom, a space that is both romantic and relaxing.
Without much further ado, here's the Q&A with Blanche Garcia:
Q: Which elements help create a sexy bedroom? What would you consider to be the most important element?
A: Important elements to a sexy bedroom are soft and high thread count sheets, dimmers on all the lights for adjustment, candles, soft area rugs, and silk window panels.
Out of these, the most important element would be soft sheets. Once you get into bed the room fades away, so soft sheets are a must.
Q: It seems textures are important in this space...
A: Never ignore the use of texture in a room. There are many ways to introduce it, other than soft bed sheets.
Throws in cashmere, window treatments and sheets in silk, and soft chairs covered in velvets can all be layered together to create and reinforce an amazingly luxurious feeling.
In a bedroom, it's more important to get the textures right than colors. Touch is a sense that overrides just about all of the others.
Q: How do you achieve a layered look?
A: A layered look is great when you want to feel at home and comfortable in your space, not like you bought everything from the same store.
Buy a few key pieces that will be classic and last over time. These should be your larger ticket items. The bedding and window treatments should be luxurious, but comfortable, and are a great chance to add color and texture. Never forget to add yourself into the mix. Personal items can make the room a reflection of who you are.
Q: What kind of rugs do you need in a room?
A: Rugs are just as important as the bedding. Go for silk if it's in the budget. If the price tag is too high then viscose is the poor man's silk. It feels just like the real thing. Make sure you can step onto carpet as soon as you get out of bed. In a bedroom, it isn't just how a thing looks, but also how it feels.
Q: What kind of lighting is best for a bedroom?
A: You need layers of lighting with adjustable dimmers for the sexiest light. You want to be able to lower the lights to a glow when needed.
Also, a few lights are best when you need to change it up. Let's say you turn off the lights on the night stands. It's a great idea to have a floor lamp or sconces across the room. Also, if the light has a little bling factor such as a few crystals, it will make any room sparkle.
Q: What are the best colors to use?
A: Colors can be subjective, but you want to aim for romantic, not high energy.
Where you may think reds are passionate, they are great for a few minutes until you need to go to sleep, so steer clear and opt for softer, more restful colors such as rosy taupes, soft grays, and dreamy blues.
Q: What should you do when you are on a tight budget? Where should you splurge, and where can you save?
A: When in doubt and it's a choice between all of the above, go for bedding, candles, light dimmers, and wall colors. All of these can be purchased for under $200 but you'll feel like a million bucks.