Valentine’s Day is the next big event after Christmas where homemakers can really get stuck into some creative home décor. As we approach 14 February, start thinking of how simple DIY Valentine’s decorations can be used to ‘love up’ your home this year.
We’ve put together some great ideas to help you assemble modern Valentine’s Day interior design without the need for expensive gimmicks or overblown gestures. These tips can be used by women and men alike, so there’s no excuse not to impress your loved ones come the special day.
Perhaps the best place to start is to fill bare walls with graceful Valentine’s decorations. They’ll really brighten up the room, especially when using traditional Valentine reds over a white paint job. Graphic art prints are affordable and easily obtainable online, with simple floral or heart patterns creating a warm, love-inspired atmosphere.
Why not take a look back down memory lane with a custom-designed book of old photos and love letters? There are a whole host of ways to decorate the ‘story so far’ of your time together so try and be as creative as possible. You could include old Valentine’s Day cards or even an old receipt from your first meal – anything to rekindle that old spark.
If you’re up for trying something a bit original this year, Valentine’s Day provides the perfect occasion for it. For example, you could hang enlarged Love Hearts replica sweets around the room, imprinted with personalised messages. DIY necklaces or lockets add a romantic touch and are relatively simple to make with string.
In terms of floral arrangements, the classic romantic colour combinations of red, pink, white and green create the perfect setting. If roses aren’t your thing or are too expensive, we recommend pretty bouquets of carnations or peonies grouped in crystal-cut vases.
Low-level red lighting will produce the perfect Valentine’s ambience, especially in a dimly lit room. LED mini lights can be draped over a heart-shaped wire pattern, hung on the wall for the perfect surprise feature. There are plenty of DIY candle ideas at your disposal as well, perhaps to be decorated with acrylic paints or confetti.
Paper garlands are relatively quick to assemble and can be hung anywhere around the home. All you need is string, some coloured paper, a hole punch and a bit of spare time on your hands. Although it’s common to cut out paper heart-shapes in bunting style, you could also attach cardboard patterns together for an original, sturdier finish.
Rose Petals and Scents
However traditional and perhaps old-fashioned, sprinkling rose petals around the home and bedroom is a guaranteed winner. You can leave a trail of petals to a special Valentine’s Day surprise – perhaps a nice, warm bath accompanied with scented candles for the ultimate romantic gesture.
If you’d like more ideas on decorating your house without breaking the bank, you might enjoy Making Your House into a Home in Five Simple Steps.