12 romantic bedroom ideas that are perfect for couples

Let our romantic bedroom ideas inspire a makeover that both of you will love

Romantic bedroom ideas – white bedroom with rustic chandelier
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On the hunt for romantic bedroom ideas? Good, you are in the right place, because we have loads of lovely decor ideas to get you inspired. Now, whether you are in a couple or not, you want your bedroom to have all the romantic vibes right? You want it to be a relaxing sanctuary where you can escape – plush pillows, luxury bedding, glowy lighting, maybe even a four-poster bed? Sounds dreamy. So we have a pulled together all our favorite looks for romantic bedrooms, that yes, are perfect for couples designing a bedroom together, but are also for all the single people out there wanting to feel like they are sleeping in a gorgeous hotel room every night...

1. Pile up soft layers and textures 

Kate and Mike’s schoolhouse renovation took more than their share of blood, sweat and tears – but the unique open-plan home they’ve created is worth he effort

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Just looking at the bed is making us feel instantly more sleepy and relaxed. All those lovely soft textures and muted, blush hues, it all feels so... romantic. And this look couldn't be simpler really, just pile up those throw pillows and add an extra textured blanket and you are basically there. Pick a neutral color palette that's perfect for couples' bedrooms – think cream, beige and soft pinks and oranges to give the space even more of a romantic, rosy feel. 

'The inner sanctuary within our home, bedrooms should reflect the feeling we wish to capture while spending time there and this can vary from romantic to invigorating.' says Helen Shaw, Director of Benjamin Moore. 'Pared back, dusky pastel shades are wonderfully soothing and feel tranquil whilst also adding a hint of color to build a bedroom scheme around. Muted pinks and yellows or, sage greens and sky blues are great for conjuring a romantic feel, which will encourage a feeling of calm.' 

2. Invest in the best bedding for a romantic bedroom

Loft bedroom ideas

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Want your bedroom at home to have the feel of a hotel bedroom? Simple solution, invest in the best sheets. It might seem like such a small thing in the grand scale of your room's design but honestly, you'll notice a difference. Not only in how you sleep and how insanely luxurious your bed now feels but your room will give off a more expensive air too. 

'The bed is a key focal point in the room so I always try to dress it beautifully with a great bedspread, cushions and a throw across the bottom of the bed. I change the throw and cushions depending on the time of year, white faux fur in winter and a lighter weight more pashmina style throw in the summer. Textured layers always look fantastic on a bed.' says Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company

'Layers on a bed not only look great, but help those of us with partners find our right temperature too. If you tend to be warmer than your partner, a cotton bedspread and throw that can be pulled up if needed works really well for you both.'

We'd say pick a crisp white or near to white set, and go with something that is made from 100% natural fibers – cotton (Egyptian if you are feeling extra fancy), silk or linen. And look out for high-thread counts too, between 180 and 300 is what you are after.  

3. Create the ultimate romantic bedroom with a four poster

When renovating their run-down period terrace, Ali and Rob created an open-plan extension that works for everyone

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Does it get any more romantic than a four-poster bed? And we aren't talking a cumbersome, mahogany Elizabethan number here, something contemporary and slimline like you see in this bedroom is all you need to up the romantic vibes. You could even take it a step further and add a floaty canopy in a gauzy fabric.

4. Keep it light and airy 

Light grey bedroom

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Picking a color palette for a couple's bedroom that suits both tastes and still feels romantic can be tricky. But our advice would be to stick with something light and airy like this gorgeous pale gray. There's a lovely laid-back, breezy feel to this space that, despite being simple, does still have an air of romance. The chandelier and the touches of pink warm up those cool tones but don't interfere with the elegance of the room. 

If you love this space, be sure to check out our grey bedroom ideas gallery too. 

5. Pick a luxe velvet headboard

Pink and green bedroom

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A velvet headboard just oozes sophistication and romance. And we get it, pink velvet in a romantic bedroom, groundbreaking, but when paired with this deep teal green it takes on a whole need moody vibe and turns pink from being a 'girly' color into something so much more sultry and grown up. 

6. Create a hotel vibe by layering the same color

With its rustic character and cosy interior, Karen and Adam Griggs’ former worker’s cottage comes into its own at Christmas

(Image credit: David Burton)

Wondering what colors to go for to create a romantic vibe in a couple's bedroom? We'd say stick to a relatively limited color palette of one or two colors. Pick a color you like and then use different hues of that same color to add light and depth. Note how in this bedroom there's a couple of different tones of that gorgeous blush pink going on, so despite the use of one color the room doesn't feel flat. Oh and that pop of green! Who ever said pink and green should never be seen?

'Accent colors work really in bedrooms and shades such as pinks and greens produce a really romantic aesthetic and there are many ways in which to create interplay between the shades, however, my favorite is combining lighter ice cream shades of these colors. I love this look in a bedroom as it feels soft and subtle whilst looking fresh and optimistic. It is a great look to wake up to, especially on a sunny morning. It can be used in so many ways from picking out all the woodwork in one or the other color through to creating a false horizon. It works well with furniture especially freestanding or fitted wardrobes which can often come in natural wood or plain white finishes.'  says Helen Shaw, Director of Benjamin Moore.

Love this bedroom? Check out our pink room ideas too for more inspiration. 

7. Get your romantic bedroom lighting sorted

Green panelled bedroom with pendant side lamp

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'Lighting is essential for creating a romantic atmosphere.' says Mary Buchanan of Laura Ashley lighting. 'Layer lighting to avoid it becoming lackluster and without ambiance; a combination of wall lights, table lamps and floor lamps are perfecting for doing this, as placing lights at different heights is how you can create a lovely, cosy feel. Dimmer switches are a fantastic option, if you need to take a bedroom from practical to passionate.'

We love the look of pendant lights hung at eye level and used as bedside lights, it gives a very luxury hotel feel, plus it frees up space on your bedside tables too. Wall sconces are another lovely addition and can give a romantic style. 

8. Wallpaper the ceiling for a whimsical feel

Attic bedroom ideas

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If you want to add some pattern to a couple's bedroom, wallpaper is the easiest way to do so. Wallpaper on all four walls can be a tad overwhelming, especially if you are decorating a smaller bedroom or a loft space, so take your wallpaper to the ceiling. For a romantic feel opt for something soft, florals are a go to, but if you want something more contemporary just look for whimsical patterns in muted hues. Pair your print with darker colors to ground the look and make it feel more modern. 

We have plenty more bedroom wallpaper ideas over in our gallery if you are after more inspiration. 

9. Create a unique feature wall

Attic bedroom ideas

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Firstly, loving the colors in this bedroom. Fresh and contemporary but with a soft romantic feel, greys and pink are definitely a winning combo. But let's talk about that feature wall. Of course, the collection of mirrors bounce light around the room instantly making it feel bigger and brighter, but they also bring texture to the space and a lovely contrast with the contemporary style of the rest of the room. This is the perfect alternative to a gallery wall – and a great option when decorating a couple's bedroom as you don't have to argue over the artwork you want to hang.

10. Add touches of antiquity 

Grey bedroom with gold mirror

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Mixing old with new, or combining different styles, is what gives a bedroom interest and personality. It's also a great look to go for if you are designing a room together and want to bring in both of your styles. Think about styles that work well together, go for looks have similar shapes, textures and elements. Say Scandi and Mid-century modern, boho and beach house, traditional and maximalist. 

Or you could go down the route of picking one overarching style and adding a few pieces that stand out from a different style or era like you see here with the mirror. When mixing styles just be sure to stick to a relatively limited color palette so there is still some cohesiveness to the space. 

11. Add softness underfoot with a rug

White bedroom with blue patterned rug

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We know carpet isn't exactly on trend right now, but there is something so luxurious about a wall to wall plush carpet underfoot. However, if you don't want to part with your wooden flooring a large area rug can add just as much warmth and add to all those lovely layers of texture that are key to a romantic bedroom. Just Be sure it is big enough to fit under your bed and your bedside tables too.

12. Go for a moody vibe

Basement bedroom ideas

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Black walls instantly create a more intimate and, dare we say it, sexy bedroom. Pair with a four poster, like in this gorgeous space, for a really enveloping cocooning feeling that surprisingly works really well in smaller bedrooms too. Hang prints to break up all that darkness, keep the ceiling light so it doesn't get too claustrophobic, and add plenty of texture with your bedlinen to soften up the look. 

How can couples decorate their bedroom?

The best way for couples to decorate their bedroom is for each one of you to create a mood board of looks you like and decide on what your must-have pieces are. From there look for common ground, say colors you both like, or an era you both agree on. Then it's just about blending your style together and compromising on elements of the room that might be less important to one person, but a deal-breaker for the other. 

What is the best color for a romantic bedroom?

The best colors for a romantic bedroom will of course come down to your personal style, but light, soft colors are always guaranteed to create a more romantic vibe. Think whites, creams, light greys, pinks, and pale oranges. However, if for you a romantic bedroom means something a little more moody and dramatic, darker jewel tones are also an option. Deep purple, green and even black can create a really intimate space, especially if you go with it on all four walls. 

Whatever colors you go for, the most important thing is to ensure those colors work together to create a cohesive feel. Just be sure to always order swatches so you can see what your potential colors look like together in your space.

How can you make a bedroom feel more romantic?

Lighting. Lighting and nice bedding. These are key for making a bedroom feel more romantic and both are things you can easily switch up in your current bedroom without having to do a total overhaul of the space. Oh and candles, how have we got this far and not mentioned candles! Always have one on your bedside table so you can create some instant ambiance. 

Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.