8 romantic interior decorating ideas that are anything but out of date

Long-stemmed roses, red table linens, an expensive tasting menu in a stuffy French restaurant – there’s nothing inherently wrong with participating in these Valentine’s Day snaps. But if you’ve chosen to stay this year in favor of a low-key celebration, how can you make your humble abode romantic without veering in the cheesy lane?

We asked design experts for their top tips on bringing that feeling of love into your home. Here are the eight best ways to decorate for this heart-themed holiday.

1. Chat with a florist

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That’s right, have a conversation with someone who lives and breathes beautiful flowers. You know roses sell for the best price this time of year, so to save money (and avoid being totally on the nose), skip that obvious choice and pick something sentimental in a color. unexpected.

Julie coraccio, a professional organizer with Reawaken Your Brilliance, recommends scented lilies or wildflowers.

“Find something that looks like what you’ve chosen in your garden and that has carefree meaning,” she says.

2. Tidy up the mess

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Pick up pants, socks, and other items off the floor, especially in the bedroom, as there is nothing quite like a mess to really crush a romantic vibe. If you’re short on time and want your home to look neat, you can put the laundry in the basket, stack the books neatly on a shelf, and vacuum the carpet.

3. Overlay the candle light

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Large cones are classic, but they tend to look a bit stuffy. Plus, while some claim not to drip, others look like a hot mess after a few minutes and can end up messing up your table with wax.

The fix? A low arrangement of thick pillars or a row of small tea lights in the middle of your table.

Coraccio likes to use a variety of shapes and sizes because it creates a romantic scene and serves as a pleasant backdrop. Arrange them in a tray or on glass pillars, and add fresh rosemary or eucalyptus between each.

4. Skip the red and pink decor

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Just as red and green decorations at Christmas are expected (and sometimes dreaded), adorning your home in cloying pink colors for Valentine’s Day is a bit of a bummer. Instead, adopt your favorite shades and those of your partner for your table settings.

5. Set up a suitable table

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Take out the silverware and your prettiest plates and by all means use cloth napkins.

Karen Gray-Plaised of Design Solutions KGP loves patterned napkins with large print flowers because they are trendy right now. Sheets with embroidery always feel special and not overdone. Or go for natural fabrics such as jute or a soft burlap.

As for a centerpiece, Andrea Correale, caterer and founder of Elegant Affairs, advocates a monochrome approach.

“For a romantic and elegant design, use one type of flower and create full, tight arrangements in small vases,” she says.

6. Add a fragrance

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Once the storage is in order, light a scented candle or install a diffuser. While some scents are overtly sultry (amber and vanilla spring to mind), Coraccio recommends trying something unexpected like lavender, jasmine, or cinnamon.

You can also skip the expensive candles and create your own scent.

“I love simmering apple cider with cinnamon and cloves on the stovetop for a warm, delicious scent,” Correale explains.

7. Make a fire

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A crackling fire on a cold winter night is the height of romance. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, Gray-Plaisted recommends placing a coffee table next to it as a place where you and your loved one can gather for a game of Scrabble, a homemade cocktail, or a conversation. calm.

8. Play background music and turn off the TV.

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Don’t forget the music to complement your romantic home with taste.

“The Pink Martini chain on Pandora is my top choice,” Correale says. Soft jazz or Your Favorite Coffeehouse playlist on Spotify will also do the trick.

But whatever you do, forget about the TV. Leaving the television on will kill any chance you have for romance this Valentine’s Day.

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