The Parent’s Guide to Uber Sexy Bedroom Decor

This article first appeared in Badassery Magazine

Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one. You’re young. Ish. Well, you don’t remember getting older than 28. But here are your nights: You’ve got kids. And they. Are. Tough. And exhausting. And God love them, they are sucking up all your energy.

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At the end of your day, you stumble into your master bedroom, turn on the TV or open your book for all of two minutes before you pass out. In your sweats. Not entirely sure if your partner is even on the other side of you.

Wake up the next morning with children jumping on you gleefully waaaay too early in the morning and drag yourself out of your bed to start the routine all over again.

You know this scenario? Yeah, me too. But you know what? There are ways (EASY ways) to spice up this routine. To get back in touch with your sexy side and believe me, that partner of yours’ll notice too. C’mon, I want to show you some sexy bedroom decor ideas. And what follows? Well, that’s up to you.

I believe in decorating for the senses. It’s not enough to LOOK pretty. It has to go way beyond that to be a living, breathing, room.

Sexy Bedroom Decor: Touch

Skin is in fact your largest organ (Really? I could have sworn it was some intestine or the other). But it makes sense, right? You feel things from the tippy top of your head all the way down to your toes. And all the delicious places in between. So let’s make that the first topic to tackle.

Bedding: the parts that will have the most contact with your body (oh no, no clothes at this sexy bedroom party).

  • Make them soft, luxurious and serene

  • Go for white, cream or other barely there color

  • They offer the best living-in-a-fabulous-boutique-hotel feel

And, yes, I know, the kids. But these don’t have to be every day sheets. They can be the, “oh yeah, let’s get this on” sheets that you bring out on special occasions. The same goes for the duvet. White. Big. Fluffy. WASHABLE! There's even a style where duvets have a wrinkly lived-in look. That just described your whole house! It’ll fit right in! Relax and enjoy.

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Sexy bedroom decor: sight

Now let’s move on to visually sexy parts of your master bedroom.

Layers

  • Add a throw at the foot of your bed

    • Imagine curling up your toes (or other body parts…..) in a faux fur throw. Nestling together in it

  • Add some color

    • They'll look especially great against that white bedding we talked about above!

    But MOST importantly, let’s talk lighting

    • Don't, by any means, use the overhead light

    • They put shadows where they don't need to be

    • Also, romantic is never a word I would associate them with. So just don’t.

  • Use mood lighting

    • Put table lamps on your nightstands

    • Sconces on each side of the bed work also

    • Candles if you dare

      • They don't cost a lot and add a bang for your buck in the sexy department.

The point is: set the mood. Lower lights make everyone look sensuous. And they’re easy to reach over and turn off if you get my drift.

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Sexy bedroom decor: sounds

Next up? Let’s tackle sounds. I'm a sucker for a good mix tape. And Spotify has become my wingman in this area. There’s a playlist for everything. I kid you not, there’s one called “Sexy As Folk”. And it’s actually pretty great after you get past giggling at the title.

But you choose. Have a nostalgic album for you and your partner? Pull that baby up. And this? THIS is an appropriate way to use those phones that are permanently attached to the ends of our arms. But only to get the music going! After that, into the nightstand drawer they go and no texting/Instagramming/Facebooking for the night.

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Sexy bedroom decor: grand finale....

Last but not least, and this is a big one: lock the door. I’m not saying do it every night. I’m not insinuating that you should deny your child(ren) of their parents. What I AM saying is that every once in a while, they can pour their own cheerios in the morning. You deserve it. Your partner deserves it. Make it so.

Last but not least, and this is a great one: lock the door. I’m not saying do it every night. I’m not insinuating that you should deny your child(ren) of their parents. What I AM saying is that every once in a while, they can pour their own cheerios in the morning. You deserve it. Your partner deserves it. Make it so.

Now, after all that loving, if there ends up being a nursery in your future, you’ll want to check out my five part series covering insider tips and tricks you need to know about creating a unique, thoughtful, earth-friendly and stylish nest for your babe. Learn more here!