This Valentine's Day, don't forget the most important room in the house: your bedroom. If the sexy factor in your boudoir is lacking, let Chicago bedroom stylist Brynne Rinderknecht enlighten you with her top tips for some steamy bedroom romance. Whether you follow one or all, your bedroom will be ready for action. And, if you're prepared to start from scratch, contact Bedrooms by Brynne for a full bedroom makeover.
1. Clean slate. Brynne starts fresh with a new pair of sheets. Pick the fabric that feels best to you. Bamboo, linen, or Egyptian cotton are the holy trinity of bedding. Select a color that compliments your skin-tone and always buy a top sheet one size larger than the size of your bed. The extra fabric will virtually eliminate fighting over covers, and you'll have much more to snuggle up in. Try Elegant Linens Cap Martin Fine Bedding, prices vary.
2. Pandora's box. Keep an imaginative, covered container bedside. Your bedroom buddy will never know what you've got stashed inside, be it toys, massage oils, condoms, whatever makes the mood a little steamier. Check out Juliska Harriet Black Glass Covered Urn, $475 from Elements Chicago
3. Be reflective. A strategically placed mirror can open your room up to endless opportunities. Brynne loves antique degraded mercury glass that reveals less precision in the body, and it really ups the mystery of what's to come. Brynne's thinking along the lines of the Massive Wrought Iron Dressing Mirror, available at 1stdibs.
4. Hot on the scent. A new, bedroom-only perfume will elevate your partners senses and hint at something new to experience. Our expert suggests hints of saffron, tuberose, and jasmine to spice things up. Try Fredéric Malle's Carnal Flower, available for $200 at Barneys.
5. Get the message. If you're the shy type, Brynne suggests being brave with a sexy message left for your lover in the perfect place. Have a note or even one word embroidered on a special pillow for Valentine's Day and beyond. For help creating your message, go straight to Jolie Maison, 643 Central Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035; 847-433-4555