With Valentine’s Day round the corner there seems to be a romance in the air, a song in the heart and a bounce in the steps. And you also want to flow in the romance and want to do something really special for your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse. But don’t know where to start from. Going to that five star hotel is bit too expensive hence you want to create that ambience in your home but how?
Here’s how you can create a romantic ambience a la five star hotels or restaurants in your home.
1. The basics
Before you start decorating do the basics like thorough cleaning, creating the mood with lighting, placing candles in all the strategic positions, changing the cotton bedspreads to silk, satin or sateen. Change the heavy curtains to sheer, lacy ones – there is something eternally romantic about flowing curtains. Thorough cleaning involves cleaning of sofa, couches, and mattresses with a vacuum cleaner. The idea is to get a home that is dust free. And sofas, couches, and mattresses gather dust which is not visible to our naked eye. Get rid of cobwebs, dust and clean the walls also with the vacuum cleaner.
After you have cleaned, create the mood with the lighting. Switch off all the harsh lights and switch on your table lamps, or floor lamps not only they add to the cosy feel that you are trying to create they look really good. You can go for paper lamp shades or stained glass ones. The choice is yours totally.
Once you are done with that now change the beddings of all the rooms to either a silk or satin, you can also go for sateen. To add more romance in your bedroom you can opt for lacy bedspreads. So you have taken care of the basics now move on to the actual decoration.
2. Candy decorations
Take some red and pink heart shaped candies (easily available in the market) and put them in a pretty glassware, ceramic, crystal or silver bowl and place it where it is visible but out of children’s reach.
3. Valentine’s Day cookies
If you love baking, then there is nothing more romantic then the fragrance of freshly baked heart shaped cookies sprinkled with red and pink sugar topping. Share it with your family to enjoy the true spirit of Valentine’s Day.
4. Stuffed animals
Buy some cute looking stuffed animals with love messages written on them or ones carrying a romantic heart in their hands and put them everywhere in your home. You can also hang them with the wind chimes.
5. Cupids and angels
Display a collection of whimsical or traditional elegant angels, cherubs, and cupids to get a mushy feeling in your home.
6. Heart shaped collage of family photographs
Take out the family album, select some good photographs from it – the ones of the first holiday together, your honeymoon snaps – you got the idea. Now take a cardboard and cut it into a heart shape, keep it aside now take a chart paper, put the cardboard heart on the chart paper, and with a scale and pencil mark the chart paper. Make sure that there is an inch difference between a cardboard and a chart paper heart. Carefully paste the chart paper heart on to the cardboard and then you are ready to make a heart shaped collage of family photographs. You can decorate the edge or the heart with lace and ribbon. And you can create a collage for each room of your home.
Buy some nice potpourri and place it at the strategic positions in your home to add fragrance and romance in your home.
Mirrors not only add to the depth and dimension of the room but also create a romantic ambience. Decorate your home with mirrors in various shapes and sizes. You can decorate the edges with the laces, ribbons, or strings or even red heart shaped balloons.
9. Spread the cheer with I Love You
Hang red heart shaped balloons, ribbons, strings in your home with the love message. You can also hang small stuffed animals, red and pink hearts, heart shaped wind chimes to add to the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
10. Flowers and music
Get some fresh flowers and place them on the centre table, dining table and in each and every room of your home. You can also decorate your home with the flowers. For example take a bouquet and stick it on to the front door and all the other doors. Top picks includes Calyx and Corolla, Gardener’s Eden, and pick of the crop in Alpharetta. Tulips in red, white and pink or even carnations can add colour to your home.
Now that everything has been taken care of, you can sit back and switch on some soft romantic music complimenting your efforts and adding to the romantic feel of your home just like a five star hotel or a restaurant.
These are few simple ideas to get you started and then you can use your own creativity and imagination to prepare a surprise that will surely sweep your partner off their feet.