Give your home a V-Day makeover

Any­thing and ev­ery­thing in red is a first choice for Valen­tine’s Day, but why stop there? Go for heartshaped wall art, ro­man­tic ta­ble set­tings, and DIY planters to pre­pare your home for the day of love

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With Valen­tine’s Day get­ting closer, we know you must be busy pon­der­ing over in­no­va­tive gift­ing ideas for your loved ones. But if you want to earn ex­tra brownie points, why not give your home a makeover for the day of love?

Ex­perts say that ro­man­tic dé­cor is more about evok­ing emo­tions than the ac­tual look. And the eas­i­est way, they share, is through fab­rics. You didn’t think it was that sim­ple, right? Well, it surely is as soft and del­i­cate fab­rics have great sen­sory ap­peal. So, go shop­ping for bed sheets and up­hol­stery in vel­vets, silks, linens, laces, or sheers. Voila! A plush yet ro­man­tic makeover is al­ready ac­com­plished. While sheer cur­tains add a touch of del­i­cacy to the dé­cor, heav­ier drapes, es­pe­cially the ones in vel­vet, can give the room a lux­u­ri­ous feel.

RED ALERT

Yes, yes, we didn’t for­get red. The colour of love is ideal and fool­proof on the day of love. In­te­rior de­signer Shan­tanu Garg says, “You can add var­i­ous ac­cents in this hue to your liv­ing room. You can go for red can­dles or can­dle stands and place them on your cen­tre ta­ble. Want to add a lit­tle drama to your sofa? A nice stole in a rich fab­ric like bro­cade will do the trick. In case you don’t have a stole avail­able, search your closet for a thick sari or shawl in any shade of red.”

Home dé­cor ex­pert, Saba Kapoor says that fairy lights in shades of red and pink come in handy as an ex­cel­lent light­ing op­tion as well as for creat­ing a ro­man­tic vibe. “Put them in clear jars or wine bot­tles and place them at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around your liv­ing room,” she says.

For those who are not so much into red, dé­cor ex­pert Raseel Gu­jral sug­gests, “Brighten up the dé­cor with cush­ions to set a cosy mood. To add a fun vibe, play with neon­coloured cush­ions, de­signed with quotes, phrases or joy­ful words.”

AN IN­TI­MATE FLAVOUR TO MEALS

“Per­son­ally, I love to dec­o­rate the din­ing ta­ble and make it more in­ti­mate,” says Garg, adding, “A red nap­kin in lace with cut­lery in mono­tone shade will brighten up any ta­ble.” If you are keep­ing the rest of the ta­ble sleek and sim­ple, you can dec­o­rate your din­ing area with a dra­matic flo­ral chan­de­lier. One can also go for el­e­gant sil­ver­ware as it tends to glim­mer in the can­dle light, creat­ing a lovely glow and the per­fect am­bi­ence for a ro­man­tic meal.

ART AT­TACK

Have you thought about declar­ing your love on a wall? Ges­tures such as hand­made paper hearts or DIY planters not only look su­per cute but could also get you in the good books of your spe­cial some­one.

If you are not up to wall­pa­per art, then Sarita Handa, in­te­rior dé­cor ex­pert, says, “Take old pho­to­graphs and frame them in rus­tic wooden frames. Use dif­fer­ent sizes and make a col­lage for an artsy feel. Ar­range them aes­thet­i­cally on a neu­tral­coloured one, to cre­ate the per­fect wall art.”

PHO­TOS: ISTOCK

(Above) Give you bed­room a makeover with soft and del­i­cate fab­rics, such as vel­vets, silks, linens, laces, or sheers

Fairy lights in shades of red and pinks can cre­ate a ro­man­tic am­bi­ence

(Above) Th­ese DIY planters re­quire min­i­mum ef­fort but will def­i­nitely woo your beloved’s heart; (top left) Play up with cut­lery in mono­tone and a few ac­cents in red

(Above and right) Brighten up the dé­cor with cosy cush­ions

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