Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with the widely celebrated festival of love falling on a hump day this year, what better way to spend it than with someone you love, in the comfort of your own home?
To make the evening extra special, why not add a hint of romance to your interior decor? Think cosy pink throws and cushions, surrounded by plenty of candles to set the mood and quirky dinnerware to serve your favourite food.
At The LuxPad, we want to help you prepare your home for the perfect Valentine’s night in – regardless of whether you are engaged in a relationship.
Fall in love with your home decor this Valentine’s Day and create a cosy night in for you and your loved ones with our expert Valentine’s Day decor tips. Grab your comfy slippers, pour a glass of something special and enjoy the mid-week romance.
There’s no need to go overboard with hearts and bling to get your home looking lovely for Valentine’s Day this year. How about adding some delicate florals to create a relaxing yet romantic atmosphere? Self-care is important all year round, so treat yourself (or your loved one) to a posy of fresh blooms to brighten up any room. Alternatively, add some floral-patterned homewares, such as a hurricane lamp or cushion, for a longer-lasting burst of flower power. If you are sticking to a budget, a single velvet cushion in a rich red or pastel pink will turn your regular bedding into something special for a Valentine’s Day night in. Light some candles and enjoy the ambience of your cosy bedroom.
Valentine’s Day decorating doesn’t mean mundane styling. In my opinion, it’s about bringing a touch of femininity, ‘cute-living’ and romance into the home. I love a bit of statement pink, and, as pictured, the look can be created with a contemporary chair or a DIY upcycling project. When it’s added in seamlessly, there’s no reason why I won’t keep the finished design after the 14th of February either. Like shown, my ideal Valentine’s Day decor would couple a pop of pink with rustic elements for that eclectic finish.
I love cosiness when it comes to romantic nights in. Soft, plush fabrics, blankets and candles with outdoor dining by a roaring fire. To create a touch of luxe, I’ll decorate with Nordic animal furs, twinkly lights, comfy cushions in touchy-feely fabrics, alongside bohemian touches, such as tapered candles in candelabras. Later we’ll close the curtains on the gazebo and enjoy an outdoor movie. If a raging storm comes, we can move inside to create a cosy den and floor picnic. Now, what could be more romantic than that?
Valentine’s isn’t just about romantic love anymore, but also showing your friends that you love and appreciate them, so why not organise a girls’ night in? Get the Valentine’s Day feeling by lighting plenty of scented candles, and cover the sofa in fluffy throws ready for a movie night. If you have to rearrange the furniture to fit everyone in, that’s not a problem. You could even make a blanket and cushion den on the floor. Choose a colour theme such as red and buy red wine, fresh red flowers for the dining table and red-themed snacks like strawberry laces or boxes of Maltesers.
I couldn’t think of a colour scheme that says Valentine’s Day more than pink and red. It’s one of those colour combinations that we are led to believe shouldn’t work. But actually, I’ve come to believe they are the perfect match.
Pink and red may be bold but they are also cosy and inviting, making them the perfect colour combo for Valentine’s whether you’re setting the scene for a romantic dinner for two or just a cosy night in with friends. Spruce up your space with some cosy colourful cushions, a blush pink throw or a bold red print.
No matter what’s on the Valentine’s Day menu, your table setting requires a little extra attention too. Even if your culinary skills are not great, a beautiful table setting will make up for everything. This year I want to keep things simple, yet sophisticated so will be opting for white with gold accents for my table decor.
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After spending 24 Valentine’s Days with my husband, they get simpler each year. This doesn’t mean they’re less romantic but it does mean I don’t get too stressed about the hype surrounding it. Eating out on Valentine’s is expensive, busy and usually crammed full. Instead, we’ll ditch the TV dinner and cook a nice meal together. I’ll be recreating this gorgeous table setting from Diary Of An Honest Woman. I love the dark decor, the mismatched chairs, rustic table and cloth napkins. The addition of an ivy branch twisted with fairy lights takes it from any old dinner to something a little more special. You don’t need a grand dining room and candelabra to turn on the romance; simple elegance, twinkly lights and good home cooked food is much nicer in my book.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, it’s a day to show how much you care about the extra special people in your life, including yourself. Decorating for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day has to include cosy interiors such as pink, fluffy throws and lots of lovely scented candles which are ideal for this time of the year when it’s still so chilly! Candles don’t just smell heavenly they also make any room cosy, homely and inviting as well as relaxing, which is perfect for a pampering Valentine’s Day or for a cosy night in with friends on Galentine’s Day!
What is romance? It’s how you feel and the mood you’re in and the best way you can achieve this in any room is by lighting. Whether it’s a romantic meal at home if you’ve got kids or a film night in with friends, to nail your Valentine’s Day evening, you’ll need lots of different light sources from various points around the room.
Use candles, table lights, floor standing lamps or even light boxes. In the bedroom, bedside lights are a must and I’m totally in love with the idea of lampshades hanging down by each side of the bed. Get creative and whatever you do don’t rely on just that pendant light in the middle of the room!
A romantic dinner for two is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s evening – be it with Mr Right, Ms ‘X’ or, why not treat a friend to a lovely meal instead? Getting the setting right is so important – here at Slightly Quirky, we love using a mix of materials to add detail and interest. Why not drape a fur throw over the back of the chairs, giving a touch of luxury or use a textured material on the table to make it feel special? Fragrance in a room sets the atmosphere, as well as low, mood lighting; try a scented candle to achieve both of these.
You can’t beat a cosy night on the sofa, surrounded by fluffy cushions and soft, plush throws, on Valentine’s Day. With a candle lit and the fairy lights on we love to put our feet up and watch a movie on Netflix together, munch away on snacks (sweet and salted popcorn with hidden chocolate and chewy sweets is a favourite) and enjoy a glass of Prosecco. With the wedding coming up this Summer and our 10th year together, this Valentine’s is one we definitely want to celebrate together.
Valentine’s Day for me is not just a ‘couple’ thing. It’s more a celebration of love between dear friends and family – an occasion to have a party with the little ones and your friends. I would invest in scented candles and a flower table centrepiece with shades of pinks, green and the unmissable red accent, adding a fresh flower on each plate for a sophisticated dinner party. Don’t forget that spring is in the air, fresh flowers and balloons are a very easy and effective way to dress a room adding an immediate touch of celebration to a tea or dinner party.
For Valentine’s Day, I’m going to be snuggling up with a chunky knit grey blanket to keep warm and cosy with my boyfriend as we leaf through a book ready to plan our next trip away. Valentine’s Day is a nice time to think about the future and make plans, either with your partner, friends or by yourself. I’ve been putting pink flowers everywhere to make it feel a little more like Spring.
Valentine’s Day is about femininity, love and romance. For interiors, think snuggling up, comfort and indulgence. Touch and tactility are key, so opt for opulent and soft to the touch textiles and materials to surround yourself with.
Steer clear of sugary pinks and primary red tones and instead opt for a sophisticated and grown-up palette. Dusty pink and mucky burgundy tones will complement male and female spaces (Pantone Marsalla and Mahogany Rose are equally suited to both men and women) and blend well with most colour palettes to add depth. Don’t be afraid to layer up multiple tone and textures for a richer and more interesting result.
Think lux silks, cotton velvets, heavy knot throws and deep filled upholstery to snuggle up in. Shapes and scale make for better cuddling environments, if dining out opt for booth seating for a more intimate feel and choose a cuddler (aptly named!) for a cosy night in.
I feel it is important to commemorate St Valentine’s Day when we celebrate romantic love, even if you are not currently in a relationship or cannot be with your beloved on February 14th. Instead, make it about showing yourself some love. Spend time celebrating yourself and doing things that you like to do. Me, I would plan an evening listening to my favourite vinyl records on my vintage Braun SK55 designed by Dieter Rams in the garden room, my favourite part of my London home.
I’d relax in front of the wood-burning stove and catch up on some of my favourite interiors magazines. I’d also enjoy my favourite meal, perhaps a tender fillet steak cooked just as I like it. Followed by a chocolate dessert of course. You can’t have Valentine’s Day without chocolate!
No babysitter and craving a night out? Why not create your very own cocktail bar and bring the fun to the comfort of your own home! Decorate your kitchen with pretty candles and low lighting and pre-plan lots of your favourite drinks that you indulge in when you are out! Setting everything up in a different room to where you usually spend the evening and making a special effort to chat about back when you first started dating will make it even more romantic and encourages you to reconnect!
This beautiful, inviting room in a Victorian lodge in Surrey oozes charm and warmth. Grey blues, bold reds and soft shades of lilac work in harmony, and we love the confident use of both strong and muted colours. The walls are painted in Paint & Paper Library’s Spruce, which draws out the blue in the richly patterned rug. The contemporary lilac satin chairs and the Gruau Couture cushions from Zinc textiles, together with the vintage and antique pieces, all create a truly eclectic, yet serene, retreat – the perfect space to curl up in front of the fire with a glass of wine on Valentine’s Day.
A night in is all about preparation and setting the scene. But, for one night out of the year you don’t want to break the bank, so we suggest purchasing a new home accessory to add a bit of spice on the night, but will also look great all year round. And because we like to shy away from the too-traditional, why not swap Valentine’s red for hot pink? A gorgeous pink throw like the one above will add an element of heat to any romantic night – and you will love its cosiness the rest of the year.
Whether you’re celebrating the day of love with someone special or toasting singledom with friends, treat yourself to a little love-in this Valentine’s Day. Turn your home into a vision of love – pop a bunch of beautiful blooms in your favourite vase, gather up your comfiest cushions and light your most luxurious candles to create that perfect ambience. Settle down in the cosiest of corners, tucked up under the chunkiest blankets with a bowl of popcorn, a bottle (or two) of prosecco for good measure and binge watch yet another series. Guaranteed to be a Netflix n Chill night to remember.
The LuxPad's Valentine's Day Decor Picks
Sit back, snuggle up and relax this Valentine’s Day, with this fabulous selection of ideas for the perfect cosy night in.