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Our colum­nist He­len Hawkes ex­plores an an­cient room-ar­rang­ing art

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HIGH THREAD COUNT SHEETS MAKE YOUR BED A LUX­U­RI­OUS PLACE TO BE

A real, com­fort­able, grown-up bed. Not a fu­ton. Not a wa­ter bed. Not a mat­tress on the floor. Good sex is ex­pen­sive. In­vest.

THERE’S noth­ing like a bit of feng shui to get the new year off with a bang. The an­cient Asian art is now prac­tised widely in big busi­nesses, in­clud­ing com­pa­nies such as Red Bull, as well as in ho­tel groups, by celebri­ties and roy­alty.

Here’s some feng shui ideas to in­ject some siz­zle into your sex life in 2017:

1. Use a dif­fuser to spread sexy scents like ylang ylang or san­dal­wood that are sup­posed to increase li­bido in your bed­room. And, if you’re the par­tic­u­larly sweaty kind, shower be­fore bed. A lit­tle per­fume or af­ter­shave wouldn’t hurt ei­ther.

2. In­vest in high thread count sheets to make your bed a lux­u­ri­ous place to be. For­get satin – way too hot – al­though satin pil­low­cases are nice.

3. No pho­tos or your mum, your dog, or your kids in the bed­room. It’s kind of like be­ing watched, which may be a good thing of course if you’re into that get­ting caught by the in-laws make be­lieve sce­nario.

4. Keep the tv out of the bed­room un­less it’s for a rom-com or erot­ica. Even science shows that hav­ing a tele­vi­sion in the bed­room can cut a cou­ple’s sex life nearly in half. Re­ally, how turned on are you by the cricket?

5. Never, ever bring your lap­top to bed. Ever. No one wants to com­pete for at­ten­tion with an elec­tronic de­vice. And don’t play Candy Crush on your smart­phone ei­ther.

6. The same goes for work­out equip­ment. What are those weights say­ing? I’m a try hard, or my butt needs all the help it can get?

7. De-clut­ter, es­pe­cially if you’re a sin­gle woman hoping to lure a lover. Good­bye stuffed toys, cutesy decor touches and pinks. Hello neu­trals and erotic art. If you re­ally want to steam up your sex life, ac­cent­ing a space with the colour red is the way to go.

8. Go the whole dis­tance and try a feng shui rit­ual to sum­mon a new sex­ual part­ner. You write down the qual­i­ties you’re look­ing for on pa­per with a red pen, place that pa­per in a silver box, place that box in your bed­room and leave it there for 49 days. Af­ter that, don’t blame me for what you get.

9. Cur­tains, cur­tains, cur­tains, un­less you are into the sort of sce­nar­ios men­tioned in item three.

10. A real, com­fort­able, grown-up bed. Not a fu­ton. Not a wa­ter bed. Not a mat­tress on the floor. Good sex is ex­pen­sive. In­vest.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Start off 2017 with a bang by us­ing some feng shui in the bed­room.

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