Ready for ro­mance

Dreamy in­te­ri­ors you will fall in love with

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Love it or loathe it, Valen­tine’s Day is just around the cor­ner. For some, it’s an overly com­mer­cial ex­er­cise to hike up the price of fresh flow­ers for the day, while for oth­ers, it’s the one day of the year they feel obliged to ex­press their love.

But why limit the ro­mance to just one day?

Softly, softly

Colour and tex­ture can play a big part in set­ting the scene for a ro­man­tic in­ter­lude at any time of year.

While colour is sub­jec­tive, it’s a safe bet to steer clear of pri­mary colours and bright whites. In­stead, go with mud­dier hues of soft pink, mush­room and dove grey in the pas­tel range, or dive into the deep end of the colour pool with sea green, scar­let, mid­night blue and even deep pur­ple for a pas­sion­ate af­fair.

Keep colours har­mo­nious to cre­ate a calm­ing, more invit­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

If you’re plan­ning on get­ting up close and per­sonal with your sig­nif­i­cant other, a soft throw, cush­ions or floor rug in chunky wool, gor­geous vel­vet or washed linen will make you feel more com­fort­able.

Gen­er­ous seat­ing, whether for­mal lounges or re­laxed bean­bags will enhance the mood.

Nat­u­ral in­stincts

Aside from the big day it­self, fresh flow­ers can be an eco­nom­i­cal way to add an air of ro­mance to the room.

If you can’t af­ford a big dis­play, go for a large sin­gle bloom like a mag­no­lia, a lily or even a home­grown rose. A sin­gle stem of cym­bid­ium or­chids will last for weeks while adding some old world glam­our.

Some­thing fra­grant such as a gar­de­nia is welcome, as long as it isn’t over­pow­er­ing.

Light the way

There’s a good rea­son so many old ro­man­tic movies in­clude a scene in front of the fire.

Soft light­ing, whether from an open fire or a few well-placed can­dles can cre­ate a re­laxed at­mos­phere con­ducive to dec­la­ra­tions of love.

If you’d rather not have an open flame, the new gen­er­a­tion of flame­less can­dles are both in­ex­pen­sive and highly ef­fec­tive. Group them to­gether for more im­pact.

This is def­i­nitely the time to ditch the over­head pendant light­ing in favour of pools of light from well-po­si­tioned ta­ble and floor lamps to cre­ate a cosy spot to talk.

Past per­fect

If you’re strug­gling for in­spi­ra­tion, look for it in the past.

While old houses with their pat­terned ceil­ings and iron lace­work may have a head­start, you can pick up the pace with a vin­tage-in­spired wall­pa­per in old lace or an old poster ad­ver­tis­ing fash­ion or travel.

Fe­bru­ary 11, 2017

Soft tex­tures and a wall finished in Eco Chic Suede Ef­fect by Du­lux cre­ate a cosy and invit­ing en­vi­ron­ment in har­mo­nious pas­tel colours. Fresh flow­ers and the best bed linen you can af­ford, like this se­lec­tion from The Home makes the bed­room some­where to linger.

From the dec­o­ra­tive fire­place to the retro-style vel­vet chairs and drinks trol­ley, this room by West Elm (above) has a ro­man­tic air. Eli­tis wall­pa­per (be­low) makes a state­ment in pas­sion­ate pur­ple.

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