How to Show The Love At Home This Valentine’s Day
Whether you’re setting the scene for romance, or simply want to fall in love with your rooms all over again...
4 February 2019
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Public declarations of love are one thing, but there’s something even more special about an intimate personal setting, when you want to woo or offer your heart.
So set the scene for romance at home, where you can go full on with hearts and flowers, or just subtly hint at your feeling with a few witty, loving touches.
Whether you’re loved-up, flirting, or just want to have a bit of fun to mark the most romantic day of the year, we’ve found plenty of treats for rooms to help set the mood – as well as a few top tips if Valentine’s Day inspires you to indulge a full-on passion for sensual decor.
After all, home is where the heart is…
Let Love Bloom
Create a stunning focal point with a Bright Pink Roses Wallpaper Mural, Wallsauce.
If a bouquet of flowers – roses are the classic romantic gesture – seems too yesterday and predictable, and you really want to make an enduring gesture of affection, you could decorate a wall with a floral design mural that replicates a profusion of blooms instead.
Today’s digital technology means floral designs look so real, they could have been freshly picked – and making a ‘blooming’ statement this way will also show you’re totally in tune with decor trends.
Petal power is a key theme this year, reflects our continuing passion for bringing the outdoors in, and, of course, these blooms will never wilt!
A Love-ly Investment
Matador Armchair (seen upholstered in Designers Guild Varese Velvet – Blossom, purchased separately) Content by Terence Conran.
Win compliments, if not hearts, with a statement seat upholstered in fashionable, touchy-feely pink velvet. Sofas aren’t the only places for snuggling.
Create A Romantic Boudoir
The Versailles Sacré Coeur Pink Velvet Bed, The French Bedroom Company.
The secret to creating a romantic aura in a room is to beguile the senses. Sight, sound, touch, and smell, should all be engaged in the most pleasant way possible.
In this flirty, feminine bedroom, a soft colour scheme of pink and white, beautiful furnishings and soft fabrics beckon with the promise of luxury and comfort.
It’s not difficult to lose your heart to this look, and all that’s needed to complete the scene are music and a scented candle. Think floral perfumes, from gardenia to vanilla and soothing, sweet jasmine.
Romance The Room
Pink Love Cushion, George Home; VQ Retro Mini Emma Bridgewater Digital Radio, Studio.co.uk; Michelle Keegan Sabina Fabric Accent Chair.
Just a few blushing pink additions to a space could be all that’s needed to turn the decor from dull to divine, and put wooing on the agenda.
Let The Heart Rule The Head
There’s a fresh Scandi-feel to this room, with pure white walls and floor, and its pared-back decor allows the bedlinen to star. Rapport Home Scandi Hearts Red 100% Brushed Cotton Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set.
Jan Constantine Love and Heart Cushion, visit janconstantine.com for stockists; Lips Doormat, Red Candy; Double Love Heart Cushion (sheepskin), Baa Stool; Ellen DeGeneres By Royal Doulton Red Valentine Mug.
Racy, red accessories are perfect if you plan to ‘pop the question’, and will add a touch of drama and passion to any setting.
Get Set For Love
A scattering of rose petals and napkins folded into a heart shape add to this elegant table setting: Sophie Allport Peony Fabric Placemat, Peony Coasters – Set of Four.
Love and food are inextricably linked, as both involve the same senses – taste, touch, smell and sight. A romantic meal should be a highlight of the Valentine evening, although an intimate breakfast could be a great way to start the day.
Create your own sensual occasion with a pretty table setting. ‘Less is more’ is the rule here – so limit yourself to just a few nods to the hearts and roses theme, and it’ll be tasteful rather than tacky. A centrepiece bowl of flowers, hearts table scatter, soft candlelight and a romantic note on a plate, may be all the ingredients you need.
Have A Heart
Set of Heart Fans, Alessi Big Love Tea Spoons – Rose Gold – Set of Four, Hurn & Hurn; Pink Heart Shaped Plates – Be My Valentine – Set of Eight, Ginger Ray; Brushed Gold Champagne Flutes – Set of Two, Von Shef.
Set the pulses racing, with a table setting laid for love and some tug-at-your heartstrings little touches.
Spell Out Desire
Block Love Coat Rack – Pink, £38, Red Candy.
A word, a touch or a smile can be all that’s needed to show you really care, and are important year-round – not just on February 14. In other words, it’s the small things that count, just as much as big, showy gestures.
With that in mind, displaying a simple sign – either spelling the word ‘love’, in the shape of a heart, or love notes pegged up around the home with heart-shaped clips – could be a thoughtful way to celebrate the occasion.
Love Heart Neon Light, Talking Tables; Gold Letter Love Wall Plaque, Melody Maison; White Wood Heart Peg Clips – Pack of Six, visit giselagraham.co.uk for stockists; Fairground Heart Light, Limelace.