I would also add candles and a nice scent to the bedroom. And maybe a shaggy rug...
Bedding to Spend All Day InCrisp white sheets in thread counts ranging from 450 to 650 create the sexiest tactile experience in terms of bedding. Keep the sheets plain; go no fancier than a top sheet with embroidery. And don’t go overboard with too many pillows.
"Even if you’re watching your wallet, the place to spend the money is the bedding." —Cathy Hobbs, founder of Aphereä
"People will over-pillow the bed," warns designer Eric Cohler, of Eric Cohler Design Inc. It’s not sexy to have a romantic interlude put on pause while all the pillows are removed.
"For a two-person bed, you need at most two Euro-sham-size pillows (placed against the headboard), and four sleeping pillows." —Designer Rebecca Cole, Rebecca Cole Design
Seduction Must-Have: Pure linen sheets
Flooring That Makes You Weak in the KneesWall-to-wall carpeting, in either 100% wool, or a wool-silk blend, will give the most sumptuous landing to your feet—or to your entire body if the mood strikes.
"For anything but a beach house—where wood floors are fine—you should have wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedroom." —Harry Heissmann, Senior Designer, Albert Hadley Inc.
"A wool rug with silk in it will create a beautiful shimmering effect in candlelight." —Designer Amy Lau
Seduction Must-Have: Sheepskin area rug under a chaise lounge
Window Treatments to Shut Out the WorldFor total relaxation—essential to romance—a bedroom should shut out the outside world, by way of blackout curtains or layered window treatments. A three-fold layering such as wooden blinds, topped by sheers, topped by floor-to-ceiling draperies will create the most soothing effect.
"I love the elegance of a whole wall of drapery, ceiling to floor." —Designer Rebecca Cole
"Blackout curtains are a must in the bedroom so you can stay in bed as long as you want." —Designer Eric Cohler
Seduction Must-Have: Silk or matte velvet drapery fabrics
Come-Hither LightingChoose lighting from a mix of sources, including table lamps next to the bed, wall sconces, or chandeliers over a seating area (never have lighting directly over the bed—it makes a naked body look ghastly).
"The allure of the bedroom is in the lighting." —Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz
"Use gold paper on the inside of a semi-opaque or opaque lacquered paper lampshade, and it counteracts the unflattering glow of a compact fluorescent." —Harry Heissmann, senior designer, Albert Hadley Inc
Seduction Must-Have: Dimmers on all lights in the bedroom