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14th February 2013

There’s always room for love; You just have to move a few things around.

By Sherry Fitz.

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Valentine’s Day is upon us so in the spirit of the day, we’ve found some romantic themes running through houses currently on the market and outline how to add a little love into your interiors to enjoy all year long.

Your home is your personal statement. It tells its own story and reflects the passions and feelings of those who live within it. It’s the one place where you can truly relax and surround yourself with all the things that you love and hold dear.

Creating an air of romance only adds to that sense of wellbeing and instills an atmosphere that embraces you in its warmth. So what better time to start adding those touches than in the cold, dark months of winter when we all need something cheerful to look forward to coming home too?

Fabrics should be pretty - go for shades of white, cream, pale pink, sky blue and florals, think frills and ruffles where possible, in particular for bed linen. Block shades for both bedroom and bathroom work best, you can add interest by using a few different sized pillows or towels with varied textures. Bunch the pillows together for a sense of indulgence and comfort. Similarly in the bathroom a pile of big fluffy towels says that this is somewhere where I can relax.

Windows should be dressed with voile, pale and textured they can add an air of intimacy to a room, as well as creating a pretty backdrop for your soft furnishings. Armchairs and sofas need to welcoming and not formal. The addition of some cotton throws in pale shades and a good scattering of mismatched cushions with the occasional floral cover can compliment your flower arrangements and will add to the look.

Say it with flowers– singularly the most important aspect of any romantic theme – preferably roses but failing that any pretty blooms will work just as well. Small bunches of flowers scattered around can be far more effective than a big ornate bouquet, the look should be pretty rather than formal so invest in a few multi-coloured small glass vases. Dot them around the house, on the kitchen table, windowsill and mantelpiece, or really let loose and place some in the bathroom and on your bedside table. What nicer way to greet the morning than with the smell of fresh flowers infusing the air?

Lighting is equally important, small lamps with soft bulbs and pretty fabric lightshades won’t break the bank but they will enhance all the elements of romantic styling. If you really want to embrace the theme, invest in a chandelier, they are plentiful these days in a good variety of designs and retailing at very competitive prices. For a quick fix solution dimmer switches can set the scene also with a simple flick of the switch.

But the most effective mood setting lighting is achieved through candlelight, there’s nothing nicer at the end of a long day than the flicker of bountiful tea lights dotted around the room. For maximum effect place the candles in front of mirrors to reflect the dancing flames and add ambience at very little cost. All that’s left to do now is to light the fire, if you’re lucky enough to have an open one throw in some forest cones and breathe in those wintry fragrances safe in the knowledge that you are nice and warm inside.

The key element to romantic styling is to remember that the look you’re aiming for is a look which shouts comfort that says someone lives here, a look far removed from pristine minimalism, a look which simply says, welcome home.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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