Up the Sexy Factor of Your Bedroom...Fast
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By Natasha Burton
During the busy holiday season, getting some alone time with your man is likely one of the last things on your mind. But rather than make a New Year’s Resolution to have more sex, find out how you can turn your bedroom into a bona fide love nest tonight with these easy steps.
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If you do nothing else, change out your ratty old sheets for shiny new ones, advises Dana B. Meyers, founder of sexy lifestyle brand Booty Parlor. "Bedding that feels good against bare skin is so seductive," she says. If satin or silk seem a bit too, er, adult film, to you, Meyers recommends sheets made with cotton jersey, which she says is "an amazingly soft and totally affordable fabric."
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For a full-on sensory experience, invest in a faux fur throw. There are few things sexier than draping yourself in a faux fur blanket… and wearing nothing underneath.
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One of the biggest love-life killers is having a TV in the bedroom (a famous Italian study found that it will cut your sex life in half!), and yet, as of 2010, 68 percent of people surveyed by the Gadget Census admitted they still habitually watch the tube in the boudoir. Swap out your flat screen for a decorative—and functional mirror. That way, you're not tempted to fall asleep to The Daily Show night after night after night.
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The TV isn't the only culprit messing up your mojo: Spending too much time on your smartphone while in bed can keep you from getting it on. To put some distance between you and your phone, keep electronics in their place with a charging station. (Set it somewhere other than your nightstand so you can't easily reach for it from your bed.)
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OK, so there is one electronic item you should have in your bedroom: a music player. According to a survey conducted by Spotify, most people say that sexy sounds turn them on more then touch. Since many of us use our smartphones as music-playing devices, invest in a wireless speaker—that way you can still leave your phone charging out of site, a la tip number two, while also using it to play some sexy tunes.
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According to the Spotify survey, the top two sexiest albums are the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." Try these out, or find your own sexy tunes.
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Meyers suggests moving anything that's not sleep- or sex-related—exercise equipment, kids' toys, work papers—out of your bedroom. "They're reminders of things you need to do and will distract you from sexy thoughts," she says. To keep messes to a minimum, use a catchall container for all those odds and ends that tend to make their way into your bedroom. This collapsible option is great for anything you want to hide quickly, so you can easily clear the bedroom in a pinch.
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Meyers suggests removing any kid or in-law photos from your bedroom and putting them in the den or playroom instead. ("You don't need them watching!" she says.) Cover empty wall space with artwork that's colorful enough to be interesting but not so loud that it diverts your attention.
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Lighting really is everything when you're transforming your bedroom into a sexy space. Meyers suggests setting the mood however fits your style: with a frilly, bordello-inspired bedside lamp, a string of tiny white lights along your curtains, a twinkly chandelier… and of course, by having some candles handy! A wall-mounted candleholder is a great option if you don't have wide nightstands—or if you're worried about knocking flames to the floor in the heat of passion.
SHOP NOW: Mirrored Candle Sconce, $65
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For investment-free mood lighting, simply change out your regular bulbs to pink ones, which experts say are more flattering.
SHOP NOW: Incandescent light bulbs, $6 (for two)
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To complete your bedroom transformation, get yourself a new sexy accessory. "Whatever you choose to spice things up, whether it's a piece of lingerie, a toy or a sexy movie, make a show of it by displaying it with pride," Meyers says. Stuck in the habit of wearing an old tee and boxers to bed every night? Invest in simple, classic lingerie sets that will make you want to ditch those grungy PJs for good.