How To Turn Your Hideous Halls Into A Beautiful Boudoir
We all know that moving away from home and leaving your childhood bedroom behind is a significant moment in every student's life.
However, most of us know that uni accommodation - be it first-year halls of residence, or a final-year private rental - isn't always the sexiest place to be.
Unless you're incredibly lucky, your halls probably look like one of the soulless cells from Prison Break, and could definitely do with a touch TLC.
But, though it's not the best scene for some serious seduction moves, there are some easy ways to turn your uni accommodation from drab to fab without compromising your security deposit.
Just read on to find out how to give your room a Moulin-Rouge-esque makeover.
Change Your Sheets
Basic, right? But you'd be surprised how much difference fresh bed linen makes to your erotic experience. Particularly if that linen hasn't been changed since Fresher's Week.
Treat yourself to some bedding that not only looks great, but feels amazing against your bare skin, and make sure that you wash it with some decent fabric softener. Because nothing ruins the mood like a bobbly sheet.
Get the Light Right
It seems to be an unwritten rule that all student halls must have the brightest white lighting possible. Whilst this clear lighting can be great when you're doing your make-up before heading down to the bar, it really isn't that great when you're planning on having someone over.
Investing in fairy lights, a lamp with a dimmer switch, or even a lava lamp can really add a sensual atmosphere to your room. The dimmer lighting instantly adds a sexier touch to your surroundings, and is perfect if you or your partner perhaps aren't completely body-confident.
Make It Scents-ual
Our sense of smell plays more of a part in boosting our libido than perhaps we give it credit for, especially when it comes to detecting those pheromones that cause much of our attraction to each other in the first place.However, rather than rubbing your armpits on every object in your bedroom, use other smells to heighten your boudoir's sex appeal.
While scented candles and incense are banned in most university residences, you can still add an alluring aroma using reed diffusers instead. The scents most linked to sexual arousal include vanilla, cinnamon, sandalwood, jasmine, and - weirdly - liquorice.
Pick the Right Pictures
Though many of us love to cover our rooms in personal pictures, or our favourite posters, having THAT cat poster or pictures of you and your ex staring over you can slightly ruin the mood.
Make sure that any photos or decorations that you have around aren't going to put you off in the heat of the moment.
Add A Little Music
Whether it's to help set the mood, or disguise any giveaway noises that your housemates may overhear, don't underestimate the power of a good sex playlist.
Take the time to find a list of songs that make you feel confident and sexy, whether it's some slow R&B beats, heavy rock, or the steady rhythm of some seriously sexy blues, and make sure that you make a playlist that's long enough to last you a good couple of hours. Because the last thing you need is your Harry Potter audio book to start playing at an inopportune moment.
Megan is a Psychology student at the University of Exeter. She can't quite read minds, but can read bodies.
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