Exotic bedroom moods…

Escape the mundane and give your bedroom a lift with an exotic makeover with tropical colours and sensual fabrics and furnishings. Look to faraway lands for inspiration and give your imagination a free reign. From the fiery rich style of Morocco to the colours and heat of India, or the laid-back vibe of Mexico, there is an exotic mood to suit all tastes, or just mix and match styles for a personal touch. Design your personal bedroom space with an enticingly exciting flair and you’ll create the bedroom of your dreams that stirs the senses and fulfils your fantasies…

Colour is the key here, so take time to research your desired theme and choose a bold colour palette that evokes the right mood. The best balance of finishes often incorporates one primary colour and two accent colours, but whatever your choice keep them rich and exciting, as it is this backdrop that will add exotic spice to the room. Rich blues and a deep green are great for bedrooms with a Mediterranean twist whilst burnt oranges and turquoise would work well if you fancy a Mexican flavour, with rich reds, gold and aqua perfect for Indian inspired room themes. Use colours that inspire without overwhelming the room as a whole. The furnishings and room fabrics also have a big part to play and to swamp these accents would spoil the rhythm and flow of the décor style. For an alluring aesthetic you might wish to save your boldest colour for the accent bed head wall for example, with quieter complementary shades on the remaining walls.

Choose stylish but comfortable furnishings that mix functionality with exotic intrigue that breathe life into the room setting. A focal point traditional bedstead with rustic or ornamental styling provides inspiration for the room scheme as a whole and can be integrated perfectly with other exotic room décor. An iron bed frame in a dark finish would pair well with a mahogany armoire, and dark wooden bed designs are ideal for a Moroccan theme. Mix wood tones or iron and wood furniture pieces together for an eclectic look should you prefer. Ornate styles are going to be in keeping here whatever the décor message and consider rich or sheer bed drapes or canopies, suspended from the ceiling to tumble down the side of the side and head of the bed for a touch of sensual drama.

Fabric choices, whether for the bed or windows or elsewhere within the room, should add colour and texture to extend the exotic theme. Silk is ideal because it is both a little decadent and comfortable, whilst animal prints are great for an African safari theme. Shop for window treatments with the same intent, with options again including, silks, sheers or rich and heavy brocades. Linens also work well with a variety of room styles because it is such a versatile fabric, and look out for curtain rods that add faraway flair. Forged iron or brass rods with ornate finials draw the eye upwards and create interest, and simple bamboo shades are a suitable option for safari themes.

Set the room lighting to suit the décor. Free standing table lamps create warmth and are versatile when it comes to varying artificial light intensity at any given time, so be generous with your ceramic or iron lamp collection so that it becomes easy to transform the mood from normal background light to something a little more dark and mysterious at the flick of a few switches. No exotic room scheme would of course be complete without a candle and oil lamps collection to provide a cosy sensual touch, and be imaginative with intriguing accents and accessories to complete the exotic vibe. Look out for interesting weaves at craft fairs or ethnic markets to hang on the wall or provide accent interest on the floor. Likewise, richly coloured tapestries dress up such room schemes instantly with Tibetan-inspired rugs lending a mysterious style. Wooden carvings and bamboo accessories are also pleasing here and chancing upon pieces that are “just right” is half the fun.

With an exotic themed bedroom, night time is just the start of the adventure…

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