Creating a romantic atmosphere at home doesn’t necessarily have to mean hanging bright red hearts on every wall, or a huge teddy emblazed on with words, ‘I Wuv You’. For most of us over the age of 16, the OTT approach peddled by greetings card companies feels a bit hollow at this time of year and does little to get our actual hearts racing. However, that doesn’t mean that incorporating a little romance into your interiors is impossible without resorting to tired cliches. In fact, creating romance has more to do with the ambience and feeling of a space than it does anything else.
Today, I wanted to share some inspiration to create a romantic atmosphere for two in your own home. Incorporating a few of these tips will create that ambience that just cries out for a little romance – on Valentine’s Day or any other day you wish to show your partner a bit of extra attention.
Ditch the Red
Instead of the traditional red and white theme, why not soften the effect for a more romantic look? Blush pink is the perfect alternative; soft and easy to live with as well as acting as a neutral in many settings. Mix it with soft greys and white for simplicity or combine with other pastel shades for a more layered and inviting mix.
Lower the Lights
No one likes to feel as though they are being interrogated under a blazing central overhead light. Put your lighting on a dimmer switch or even better, turn it off and use smaller table lamps, floor lamps, or wall lights, to create a relaxing environment. These small pools of light will enhance any space and create the right mood for romance.
Speaking of lighting, candles are an absolute must. Candlelight is universally flattering, giving us more confidence and creating a wonderfully calming environment. Dot votives around a room or go all out with groups of taper candles on your dining table. If you are afraid of leaving burning candles around your home, consider LED candles or fairy lights as an alternative. They’ll still give you that lovely flicker, only without the risk.
Add Fresh Flowers
You certainly don’t have to buy those huge bouquets of red roses that will be marked up far higher than at any other time of year. Consider other types of flowers or different colours than the traditional red. Pale pinks, peaches and white flowers mixed with a soft green filler will create a more romantic mood than any cliche.
Light the Fireplace
If you are lucky enough to have a working fireplace in your home, then use it! Create an oasis of warmth in your living room at this time of year when the air can still be biting cold, with a lit fire. Add a few fluffy throws and knitted blankets to the area to encourage cuddling. If you don’t have a working fireplace, use candles instead to set the mood. They’ll still throw off the heat and warmth that creates a romantic setting.
Create a Playlist
If you are looking for some music to add to the mood, check out Michael from Inspired by Charm’s romantic playlist featuring songs about love. Your other half may think you spent an entire afternoon crafting the perfect playlist when all the work has been done for you. I promise I won’t tell!
Add Some Texture
Texture is so important in any romantic setting. You want fabrics that feel good against your skin, so consider velvets and silk, linen, and soft cotton or faux fur. Stay away from scratchy man-made fabrics and make sure you create lots of layers for getting cosy!
And finally, be sure to think about your other half’s personality and try to incorporate the things they love into the setting. After all, this is really about celebrating your love for each other, so bring in those things that you know he or she will love and the items that best represent your personalities and your relationship.