Feeling in a romantic mood? Then add some amour to your abode with these decorating tips. If you want to inject some romance into your home, then it’s the smaller gestures that count. Think flowers picked fresh from the garden, twinkling candlelight, heart-shaped decorations, a show-stopping chandelier or even just a romantic colour palette can completely change the mood in a room.
Create a space that you and your partner will love, whatever your individual tastes. Be inspired by romantic bedroom ideas, intimate dining room schemes, fanciful bathroom and charming hallways. For a boudoir vibe, dress you room in luxe linens, velvet and satin throws and incorporate flowers, heart prints and lashings of red for a Valentine’s Day scheme that is brimming with passion and decadence.
Alternatively, lay a dining table with roses, candles and your best tableware to create the perfect mood for evening entertaining. Lighting is important when it comes to creating the perfect ambience. Why not string fairy lights or tealights tucked neatly into little glass jars?
Red is the colour of love, romance and passion, so there's no better place to add a dash of scarlet or crimson than in the most-used room in the house. If you don't fancy a full-on pillar-box red scheme, then simply add accents of the hot hue (or a ravishing pink) with cushions.
Create a warm and stylish dining room with a mix of rich colour and dramatic florals. This elegant dining area with an oil-painting-style mural will certainly impress your dinner guest come evening. The colourful flower design really pops against a monochrome base while black dining furniture allows the impressive mural to take centre stage. After all, there is no better way to demonstrate your love, affection and appreciation of that special person in your life than with a profusion of beautiful flowers, even if they are not real.
This scheme is a calming, girly haven, with a pretty quilt and pink furnishings creating a mood of easy charm and tranquillity. In addition, the decorative lettering of your lover's favourite song lyrics positioned above the bed injects glamour and personality to the surroundings. This is a magical refuge where imaginations can run riot.
Organise a romantic feast for you and your loved one to share on Valentine's Day. A romantic vibe can be yours in an instant by placing beautiful blooms and pretty posies in the centre of the table. The end result won't fail to bring out the hopeless romantic in everyone. Position a bistro table by a window or French doors to enjoy lovely garden views.
Make a point of staying in bed this Valentine's Day, especially if it falls on the weekend. What better way to start the weekend than by snuggling up in a warm, cosy bed. Make sure your bedroom is a haven for love and romance with an array of pretty scattered cushions and pillows that spell out 'love' in all its glory. Bliss...
Take your cue from high-end hotels and bring a little boutique chic to your bathroom this Valentine's Day. This compact space has been made chic with the simple use of a Japanese-inspired screen. Plain white walls keep the look streamlined, while details such as the satin dressing gown and fluffy towels inject a little glamour. Pamper your loved one with scented bath lotions, perfumed shower gels and luxurious soaps to create the ultimate bathing experience for two.
Hearts are the ultimate symbol of love and romance, but if you don't like your gestures too outlandish, hang a smaller version of the symbol for your loved one to see when they reach for their coat or shoes. Finally, incorporate linen bags adorned with pretty floral motifs to store gifts and presents for an usual twist on the tradition. These practical pieces can be re-used for laundry after.
For some of us, the hearts-and-flowers fuss can be a bit much so, instead, spell out your love and devotion to each other with 'initial' wall decorations. Use a white wall as a blank canvas to really show off this theme to full effect. Draw on the romantic note by arranging freshly picked flowers on a coffee table, along with a selection of pretty ceramics and candles.
Design a sensual sanctuary with a touch of the exotic. Snake prints and satin make a sumptuous combination, perfect for a romantic bedroom. However, you can still make your space fun and playful with much-loved accessories that are sure to bring a smile to your loved one's face. The stark white walls leave room for retro disco balls, plenty of pink accessories and shimmery, metallic furniture. Choose a soft palette of plush purple and pink for an enticing space, then layer a low-level bed with plush fabrics such as velvet and silk.