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Romancing the home - create the look of love this Valentine's Day

PUBLISHED: 12:07 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:40 20 February 2013

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Fine food, music and candlelight... what else can you do to create the look of love this Valentine's Day? Alexandra Richards shares her romantic musings

Romancing the home...

Fine food, music and candlelight... what else can you do to create the look of love this Valentines Day? Alexandra Richards shares her romantic musings

Many argue that one should be romantic all year round and not just on a particular Saints day. February 14th may have become a bit of an over-commercialised affair - however I feel that if there is one day to remind us to pay extra attention to our partner or even give us licence to declare our feelings for the secret object of our affections, then a bit of romantic-themed paraphernalia is all very well.

Valentines gifts usually veer towards the edible or wearable, but there are plenty of ways to give your home a more romantic atmosphere.

A great way to start is to consider all senses: for example, did you know that orange blossom is one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs, and has been used since Egyptian times for arousal and uplfting moods? You dont have to wait until spring to reap the benefits of this beautiful flower; it is commonly used in many home fragrances, bath oils and scented candles.

When considering aesthetics, softer lighting, whether candlelight or standard lamps, is more flattering, gentler on the eye and will create a cosy environment for a Valentines night in.

If you were thinking of investing in new bedding, then when it comes to cotton, the higher the thread count means the softer and more luxurious your bed will feel. Avoid synthetic imitation silk; although it feels luxurious in the shop, it can be incredibly hot and stuffy not conducive to the alluring appearance you might be trying to achieve!

Red roses are a Valentines Day staple and they always look striking and decadent try cutting the stems down to make a posy, this will look far more contemporary and you can use a pretty mug or jug as a vase if one is not ready to hand.

If you are planning a meal for your partner, why not consider an indoor picnic? Less formal than a sit-down meal, sharing a plate of oysters well, it is Valentines Day after all on a faux fur rug feels decadent, comfortable and lends itself to intimacy. And, if all else fails, theres always Barry White...


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