Whether you’re an unabashed fan of 50 Shades Of Grey, or you’ve read it in secret and deny when anybody asks if you’ve touched the book, you can’t deny the excitement that the premiere of the movie, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, is garnering.
If you’re inspired to sex up your boudoir this Valentine’s Day (or beyond), we promise you don’t have to fashion your own red room of pain or anything like that. Here are some ways you can up the romance factor in your bedroom…
Think about your lighting
When you want to sex up your bedroom, you have to think about the big picture. How is your bedroom lit? If your bedroom looks exactly like a mall bathroom, well, Houston, we have a problem. Kill the overhead lighting and pick lamps to soften the mood. Try some candles… and if you like, candles made of wax that can be dripped on to skin…
Do you get distracted by the telly, and all the reruns of Orange Is The New Black and New Girl? Time to kick all the distractions to the curb, or at least, a different part of your apartment.
Trade up your furniture
There is nothing wrong with your furniture now, probably, but what you can do is try vamping it up a little, especially if you’ve had your furniture since your university days. And you know, a headboard you can tie things to would come in handy.
Upgrade your bed
You know how you always sink in to a hotel bed and exclaim about how magical it is? It’s time to upgrade your bed. You spend every single night it (well, almost), so it makes sense to make it an investment. Scratchy, floral, old sheets aren’t exactly sexy either – get crisp, bold-coloured linen with a duvet that you’d want to get busy on!
Create your own toy chest
No 50 Shades Of Grey fantasy is complete without toys to play with. The adult kind, of course. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve got a sex toys 101 guide you can work with.