Valentine's Day

How to make your home look romantic: Four decorating tips

It seems as soon as the clock strikes February, the streets are flooded with streams of red and pink. Whether you love or loathe Valentine's Day, a little extra romance in the home goes a long way. So whether you're celebrating the occasion with someone special or just want to treat yourself to a pretty and comfortable space, here are a few ways to add more romance to your home.

flowers on glass coffee table

Roberto Caruso

hot pink and animal print pillows on sofa

Roberto Caruso

It seems that as soon as the clock strikes February, the streets are flooded with streams of red and pink. Whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day, a little extra romance in the home goes a long way. So, whether you’re celebrating the occasion with someone special or just want to treat yourself to a pretty and comfortable space, here are a few ways to add more romance to your home.

1. Lighting
Everyone looks better in soft lighting. Take the edge off after a long day at work under harsh fluorescents and slip into something a little more flattering by putting the main lights in your home on a dimmer. Better yet, forgo overhead lighting altogether in favour of the soft glow of candlelight.

2. Flowers
Never underestimate the power of blooms to freshen up a whole space. While a big bouquet may set you back quite a bit around this time of year, ask your local florist about buying a few single stems — you’ll be surprised by how one or two flowers by your bedside can transform your whole room. Or why not treat yourself to a classic potted orchid you’ll enjoy for weeks to come?

3. Warm colours and exotic prints
Turn the heat up in your space by adding a few accessories, such as pillows or throws in warm tones like red or bright pink — colours associated with romance. Animal prints bring a certain hint of sexiness and may be just the fun needed to help warm you and your loved one on a chilly winter evening.

4. Put it in writing
Take a cue from French decor magazines and write out your favourite phrase, poem or song lyrics in your best script across a large mirror using a non-permanent marker. It’s a fun twist on this decorating staple and you can change the text throughout the year to suit your mood and season.