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How to use interior design to create the perfect Valentine's atmosphere

Love is in the air! Create a just-right vibe with the help of these simple tips...
   Matthew Currington  |  written on: 11-02-2019 09:00am

It’s official: staying in is the new going out. That’s at least where Valentine’s Day is concerned with 63 per cent of people preferring to stay at home, rather than head out to celebrate.

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought there was no better time to share its top tips for creating the perfect romantic ambience in the comfort of your own home…

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Set the mood
The perfect Valentine’s night in is all about striking the right tone. Remember, you’re trying to create an atmosphere of intimacy.

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Furniture by Neptune.

According to Professor Robert Pickard: "people are more likely to feel romantic if they are alert, warm and relaxed". Dimmable lights and candles will help to create the ideal atmosphere perfect for snuggling up on the sofa. Temperature is key as well - make sure the room where your date is taking place is warm and cosy - but not too hot.

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Undivided attention
Cook a homemade meal with all your favourite trimmings and then ad-lib on the table décor with fairy lights, which you can set up in glass jars, to create an intimate dining experience. Set a rule to keep your phones off, and yes, we mean for the whole night! The best compliment you can give your partner is being entirely present and giving your undivided attention.

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Think Scandi
'Cosy' and 'intimate' aren’t just words that describe the perfect Valentine’s night in. They’re also words most associated with the Scandi phenomenon ‘hygge’.

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Describing feelings of wellness and contentment, the trick to adopting the 'hygge' mindset is all about valuing quality and creating your own personal sanctuary. Think about investing in fluffy throws and soft pillows to make your surroundings more inviting.

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To complete the look, add some sentimental touches that hold specific meaning. Why not adorn your living room with some of your favourite photos of the pair of you together in colourful frames?

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Say it with flowers
It may be a tad quaint, but nothing says romance quite like flowers. However, if you’re looking to add a modern spin to this age-old gesture, there are plenty of novel ways you can say it with flowers.


Floral-themed decorations can offer an updated take on red roses - want to be a little more inventive? You can simply drop a few edible rose petals into a glass of champagne, or give those petals extra life by using them to make pot-pourri.

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Dreer's large flowering mural by a Lunzer from The New York Botanical Garden at Surface View

Head to bed
If splashing out on a swanky hotel just isn’t your style (or within your budget), you can inject the decadence of an expensive night away into your home instead. Use linens, blankets and plumped cushions to give your boudoir that added touch of fresh luxury.

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The power of scent
Why not invest in some scented candles for your evening to really boost the mood? A 1994 study found the warm, enticing fragrance of cinnamon can increase romantic feeling more than any other aroma. Ylang ylang and neroli are also scents which have been used as aphrodisiacs for many years, due to their mood-lifting effects.

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Best of all? The perfect night, engulfed in a perfect scent, may forever conjure up fond memories in your mind whenever you breathe in that particular fragrance.

NEXT! Want to add a little extra luxe to your home interiors? Browse our moodboard of rose gold ideas - click any image below to begin exploring...

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Matthew Currington

With twenty years’ experience in the lighting industry and over seventeen years’ experience in the role of Technical Director at The Lighting Superstore, Matthew is solely responsible for designing, building and managing internal systems at the one-stop-shop lighting store. With a keen interest in the technical side of lighting, such as lighting control and LED technology, Matthew’s main responsibilities include focusing on the network of machines, remote and local server management as well as bespoke desktop and mobile applications for EPOS, CRM, inventory management and processing sales orders.

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