Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Single or taken, there are many that dread this holiday and the big crowds that accompany it. However, we’re hoping to shed new light by asking, “how can I use interior design to make this Valentine’s Day more enjoyable?” Consider the following tips when spreading the love in your home.
Romancing Your Space
When thinking of your personal space, the bedroom most likely comes to mind. Most of what follows relates to your bedroom space, but keep an open mind because many of these elements can be incorporated in any room of your home. First, consider what “personal” means to you. Our boundaries of personal space vary so greatly it’s hard to say that what works well for me will definitely work well for you. Hopefully you will find these tips a helpful guide that you can then individualize for your benefit. Key to creating a romantic space is maximizing intimacy. Deciding on your level of intimacy in a room entails balancing elements that make you and your partner feel close and comfortable. Appealing to the senses of sight, smell, sound, and touch are most important when creating a relaxed and sensual space. Your goal is to find a design that will reinforce the intimate nature of the room. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ideas, always paying close attention to subtle subconcious preferences and dislikes of both partners.
Remove all clutter from your romanctic space . Clutter distracts and disturbs. Color also has a subtle, yet strong, effect on our minds. Carefully select colors that influence your desired mood. Be selective. Do not include too many colors or patterns. Less is more in romancing your space. Remember, the design needs to help you unwind. Lighting is another key element to consider. Dimmer switches are inexpensive, add drama and allow you to control the intensity of a lit space. Lamps and candles serve as nice accent lighting and are best for amping up the romance. A flickering candle can quickly compliment your amorous ambiance.
We would argue that smell is the most arousing sense. A bad smell is a total turn off, so make sure there is scent present that is pleasing to all parties. Fragranced candles can dictate the mood and aura to your personal space. Bed linen sprays add layer and dimension to the sense of smell. Obviously, perfumes, lotions, creams, oils and powder also contribute to the overall atmosphere of the room. Layering of scents allows you to add depth with less intensity. Just be careful that all scents compliment each other and do not fight or over power.
“Music calms the savage beast”. Need I say more! There’s also something about bringing the great outdoors in that makes our souls smile. The sound of water can also have a calming effect. Indoor water features are a great way to incorporate natural elements into your personal space. Or, you can opt for the less noticeable electronic sound devices that ring the soothing sounds of nature through your home. Again, we encourage you to experiment and see what works best for you.
Bed linens, pillows, the bed and anything else within reach are extremely important. Soft and luxurious bedding is a sure fire way to heat things up. Let’s face it, we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed. Life is too short to not sleep in great bedding! Smooth, soft and silky textures are the best. Egyptian cotton and wood fiber sheets are the best for luxury linens. Believe me, everyone loves great sheets! Pillows are important because they control the final look of your bed. Hold back on the decorative pillows. Pillows are best when you can actually sleep on them and use in the bed. Too many pillows can frustrate and ruin the mood! Ten pillows later and you’re still removing pillows…why bother? The bed should always be in the commanding position of the room with accessibility on three sides. There should be nightstands on both sides, anchoring the positioning of the bed. The bedroom is for sleep and intimacy. No one should come into your room without your invitation. There should be no distractions such as workout equipment, TVs (we can hope), computers, or anything that reminds you of work. Being socially distracted in the bedroom is a complete buzzkill to the mood you’ve worked so hard to create!
Even though these tips are primarily directed to the bedroom, several of these ideas can also be related to other areas of the home where you spend time with loved ones. In reality, personal space can include any place that promotes relaxation, rejuvenation, and reconnection with those closest to you. Romancing your interior design this Valentine’s Day is something that can be enjoyed by all members of your family. Simplify your rooms as well as your life. Be sure to give yourself the time and space needed to reconnect. Whatever your plans this Valentine’s Day, we hope you find fun ways to express love to the people who are most important to you while enjoying the place you call home!