Just because Valentine’s Day is coming up doesn’t mean that everyone wants to live in a space that looks like a Las Vegas honeymoon suite.
But surely there’s a way to achieve home romance in an otherwise liveable family home?
Small, simple projects like setting up some candles or plants can make any space sexier at the drop of a hat, or, if you want a more permanent fix, consider installing a breakfast nook, hanging a sheer canopy around your bed, or upgrading your decorative pillows for something softer.
Just because it’s cold and dark out there, doesn’t mean it can’t be warm and inviting in here. Here are a few ways to turn your house into a love nest without overdosing on the cheese.
How to turn your home into a non-tacky love nest
Get creativeWe're thinking gold and pink decorative spheres inside a glass bowl, twinkly lights and pops of fun colour. Pink and yellow do go together. Who knew?
SOMILIG balls, $4.99 for 4; KARIT bedspread and pillows, $69.99; faux fur SCOLD cushion cover, $39.99; SANELA cushion cover in light yellow, $9.99; OFELIA blanket, $19.99; LUGGA pink candles, $6.99 for 3, all from IKEA.
Hot pink cushion; blush velvet cushion; embroidered floral cushion; hot pink candle; metallic throw; string lights; lamp, all from HomeSense. Visit www.homesense.ca for store locations. The Loop
Create a canopySo that IKEA bed frame you’ve had since university is practical, but not exactly sexy. DIY yourself a magical canopy with some long sheer curtains. It’s like a sultry fort for adults. Via Life Ann Style.
Relive the pastRecreate that epic trip you took to that sunny place that one time with some photos of said epic trip. Print, frame and hang large photos of the two of you in paradise and create a sense of vacation in your home. Via @mccoyinteriors.
Consider a massive, snuggly couch to lounge onThe most snuggly of couches will take Netflix and chill to a whole new level. If you can’t afford the pricetag or space for an oversized sectional, find an ottoman in a colour or pattern that matches your space and put it on the left or right side of your current couch; stretch out and enjoy.Via Designlovefest.
Invest in a nookWe’ve never met a nook we didn’t love, be it of the breakfast, reading or other variety. Carve out a space in your home in which you and your partner can get some private, face-to-face time, and then actually use it. Via @collinsdesigndevelopment.
Greenery goes a long wayBring the outside in and increase your romantic vibes tenfold. We’re not talking roses or even bouquets of fresh flowers. Instead, think large, leafy palms in planters that sit on the floor or side table. Via @Britandco/@straightdesigns.
And so do piles of candlesWhether your prefer to decorate with dozens of tiny tealights or like the chunky candle look, group your wick-wielding accessories in piles around your space — opt for odd numbers, as a rule of thumb. The flickering light alone is dreamy. Via @detrasbeauty.
Upgrade basic candle holder with laceWhite lace can look grandmotherly, but black lace...that’s another story. A darker story. It’s a super simple DIY, too. All you need is your usual glass candle holders, some hot glue and, of course, black lace. Via The Sweet Occassion.
Accent with redOf all the colours on the spectrum, none evokes passion quite like red. But rather than drowning your bedroom in the rosy hue, try accenting just one wall, or just buying a red duvet cover. Shutterstock
Upgrade your bathtub for a jacuzzi soakerIf you have children, turning any part of the house into a “love nest” may not seem like an option. But if there’s one room the little ones don’t venture into too often, it’s your ensuite bathroom. Consider installing a jacuzzi and getting that romance in the only real private room in the place. Via Coastal Style; .
Or a double showerNot one for baths? Create steam with your loved one in a shower that doesn’t require you to hug and rotate like a rotisserie to keep warm. Two people, two showerheads, one love. Via CrowellInteriors.
Light the wayYou can achieve a lot of change by simply swapping out an unflattering (and distracting) overhead light source for something softer and more sensual. Look for lamps with shades that soften the light and throw a more romantic hue. Via @annalysejacobs.
You can never have too many pillowsThrow pillows, whether placed on a bed, couch or nook, will take a room’s look from “yeah I wouldn’t mind curling up there” to “omgomgomg I’m never moving and you can’t make me.” Opt for cozy textures like soft knit wool.Via Interior Swag.
Let your feet feel the love tooCold, sterile floors simply won’t do. Your love nest requires rugs — layers of rugs in various patterns and textures. Not only will your space look inviting, but it’ll feel all kinds of wonderful on your footsies, too. Via @Cassie_Bustamante.
Or big beautiful blankets that demand cuddlingNo love nest is complete without thick, warm blankets to make it cozy. The more the merrier, we say, so heap ‘em on!Via @shopnotsohumble.