4 Valentine's Day Themes for Your Living Room

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Staying in is officially the new going out. Show your living room some love and create a romantic atmosphere at home this Valentine's Day.

Whether you want to create a special setting for you and your valentine, or fancy embracing (pun intended) a romantic feel all year round, here are 4 themes to inspire.

 

The Modern Lover

No fuss and certainly no frills; just really good design inspired by the day of love.

romantic candlesImage Credit: SteveR-

Spell out a romantic message with letter candles

Spell it out in lights. This is a unique and sweet way to declare your love, or dare we say it... propose. Letter candles are available online and in your local craft store. In the picture above they’ve been poked into tea lights, but you could take note from another special occasion and pop them in a cake.

origami heartsImage Credit: Josey

Create origami hearts

Origami is the ancient Japanese craft of paper folding. This website provides tutorials for heaps of different origami hearts. Craft these sweet creations and leave them around the home for your loved one to find, or thread them onto a garland for longer lasting decor.

Valentine's candyImage Credit: fly

Decorate with Valentine's candy

Edible decor is alright by us! Use valentine’s candy as table ‘confetti’ or place it in decorative bowls around the room. Just don’t forget to eat it – that would be a dreadful waste!

Austen 2 Seater Sofa

Sofa Match: The Austen 2 Seater Sofa in Flanders Raspberry

A modern classic, the Austen sofa combines traditional design with a fresh colour scheme for a wholeheartedly unique look. It’s perfect for those who love to think outside the box.

 

The Traditional Romantic

This theme is for all the old fashioned romantics out there. It features all the classics; candles, flowers and a look back down memory lane... All you have to remember is the chocolates and wine!

vintage glassesImage Credit: Faylyne

Place tea lights in vintage glasses

Place tea lights in vintage wine glasses for a shimmering atmosphere. More interesting than standard dinner candles, these make an excellent centrepiece for a romantic dinner, or can be placed about the room on sideboards and coffee tables.

Tea lights can be found at your local supermarket, while vintage glasses are easily picked up at charity shops and car boot sales.

photo albumImage Credit: Beatrice Murch

Put together a photo album of cherished moments

Don’t spend money on a novelty gift that will be put in a cupboard and quickly forgotten about. Spend a little time making something magical instead.

All you need is a photo album or scrap book and a selection of favourite photographs. It’s so nice to have physical copies of photographs in a world of selfies and Instagram. Your loved one will really appreciate the time taken to put this together.

floral wreathImage Credit: Faylyne

Decorate a bird cage with a floral wreath

Bird cages are all the rage in interior design. We’re kicking this trend up a notch with a little extra something, perfect for the arrival of spring. You’ll need fresh or really good quality faux flowers to create this gorgeous wreath. Wreaths are surprisingly easy to make; here’s a great tutorial to follow.

Hampton 3 Seater Velvet Sofa

Sofa match: The Hampton 3 Seater Velvet Sofa in Aubergine.

Ah yes, the Hampton; a vintage inspired beauty, upholstered in luxury velvet chenille. The romantic’s favourite, especially in lovely rich aubergine.

 

The Sweetheart

Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey; this one is a little bit kitsch, a little bit retro and not at all subtle. It’s a candy coloured dream. Perfect for a sweet toothed loved one!

heart shaped cookiesImage Credit: Aine

Make heart shaped cookies

Cookies are never a bad idea. If you can bake, it’s definitely worth the extra effort to make these from scratch. A simple sugar cookie works best (it holds its shape well during cooking), and you can decorate it with pink icing and sweets. For an ultra romantic date night, make the cookies in advance but decorate them together!

romantic garlandImage Credit: Stacie

Cut out and paint paper hearts to create a romantic garland

Garlands are fantastic for decorating with because they’re inexpensive, easy to make and look really festive. You can keep these heart-shaped garlands up all year-round, they’ll inject a bit of colour and quirk into your home.

All you need is some paper, paint, a needle and twine. Cut out hearts (or use a heart shaped paper punch), paint in the colour of your choice and thread onto the twine.

tea light holderImage Credit: Richard Elzey

Paint your own design on tea light holders

Another deceptively simple but pleasing craft you can use all year. You’ll need plain glass tea light holders, glass paint (rumour has it sharpie pens work quite well too) and a bit of imagination. We recommend sketching a design on paper first, or creating a template for the glass.

Chartwell 2 Seater Sofa

Sofa match: The Chartwell 2 Seater Sofa in Rose.

Pretty in pink, if the colour of this sofa doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day we don’t know what does. As if the colour wasn’t romantic enough, it’s rose embossed pattern will have you snuggling up in no time!  A stunning option for loved living rooms.

 

The Velvet Rose

This theme has an ‘80s power ballad feel to it. Not that we’re complaining. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day; classy and sophisticated without being too OTT. Unlike some of those ‘80s hairdos.

rose cupcakesImage Credit: Clever Cupcakes

Frost roses on cupcakes

Wow that special someone with your cupcake frosting skills! Even if you’ve never heard of a piping bag and the closest you get to baking is watching GBBO, we guarantee you’ll be able to tackle this clever trick. Here’s a handy tutorial.

roses bowlImage Credit: Susanne Nilsson

Place candles and freshly cut roses in a decorative bowl

Another stylish centrepiece idea, this is very simple to recreate. It’s fairly self-explanatory; all you need is a pillar candle, a few cut roses and a decorative bowl to display them in.

rose petalsImage Credit: ProFlowers on www.proflowers.com

Decorate the table with rose petals

What are you going to do with the leftover roses after creating the centrepiece above? Decorate the table with the petals, of course! It’s a classic move that never fails to impress. Bonus points if you invent a signature cocktail too.

Belvedere 2 Seater Sofa

Sofa Match: The Belvedere 2 Seater Sofa in Burgundy.

Well, we did promise velvet. And this sofa is a rich burgandy colour - just like a rose! It’s a winning combination if you ask us.

Conclusion

So there you have it, four themes to decorate your home with this Valentine’s Day. Will you be trying one of the above or do you have an idea of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted in Colour & Hue, DIY, Homemaking, Interior Design, Lifestyle, Sofas on 9th Feb 2016

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