Decorating your home around St Valentine’s Day can be a fun way to celebrate this centuries-old tradition, whether it means making paper hearts with the kids or planning a romantic evening in with your loved one. For me, St Valentine’s marks the early signs of Spring, when we can finally begin to leave the long Winter behind us and brighten our homes up with some fun home decor. I think it is the perfect time to dig out your heart embossed coffee cups and pretty tealight holders and show your home a little loving, too.
Here’s how to get the look right without overdosing on sugar pink…
1 ‘Zone’ your Decor
Choose a couple of areas of the home to focus your Valentine’s decor on, e.g. above the mantelpiece, a hall console or even the front door, and make these into little ‘pockets’ of interest rather than shrouding the whole house from top to bottom in shades of pink and red, which ironically dulls down the overall effect. This little arrangement of hearts suspended from bare branches would look beautiful on a hallway sideboard or kitchen table.
Image: Folksy via Pinterest
2 Less is More
Some of the loveliest, most understated ways to introduce Valentine’s decor are often the simplest: felted heart bunting hanging along a mantelpiece, heart-shaped fairy lights strung up within an alcove, or a simple heart wreath adorning a front door – less really is more when you want to make a statement with your decor and keep it classy. I love how the heart wreath below adorns this front door – this would be very simple to replicate at home with swatches of red/pink fabric cut into heart shapes and attached to a length of wire or a plain wicker heart wreath, which you can pick up in many homeware stores.
I also love some of the digital prints available on Etsy that look simply beautiful propped up on a mantelpiece within a simple frame:
3 Warm up the Ambience
Inject some warmth and fun into your living room with heart cushions, a cosy throw to snuggle under with your loved one and lots of candles in little glass jars dotted around the room or along the mantelpiece. Scent is also hugely important in creating an intimate atmosphere; light delicately scented candles in aromas of jasmine, soothing vanilla, relaxing lavender and mood enhancing ylang-ylang. The candlelight will help to warm up the ambience, too.
Or how about making these simple tealight holders from jam jars, newspaper and a little twine or ribbon? Find out how here.
Image: Adorable Home
4 Think Beyond Red and Pink
If the usual red and pink decor scheme doesn’t float your boat, try combining black, silver and gold accessories for a chic, luxe look – metallic heart lights give off a beautiful, twinkly glow and look striking alongside other black and gold homewares. This Valentine’s mantelpiece display manages to look romantic with a modern edge to it and would look equally stylish as a background to a dinner party as it would to a romantic supper for two.
Image: via Pinterest
5 Bring Valentine’s into your Everyday
If the idea of decorating your home for St Valentine’s makes you feel positively queasy (no matter how stylish I can convince you it can be!), you can celebrate this tradition in your own quiet way with little pieces around the home that add an element of fun to the everyday. Drink your morning coffee from a big ceramic mug dotted with mini hearts (Emma Bridgewater has a beautiful range), bring out your heart motif tea towels or heart shaped tealight holders. In fact, these pieces shouldn’t be confined to February the 14th; spread a little love throughout the rest of the year, too!
I love this grey and white hearts hand towel from BHS, only £8.
Image: BHS Home
Happy Valentine’s Day to you whatever way you decide to mark the occasion.
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