Here are some tips that I can help anyone make their space Valentine's Day ready! Whether you're a single looking for romance or a married couple, employ these tips to your space to add passion to your space!
- Great rid of anything that doesn't represent ROMANCE (and/or relaxation) in the BEDROOM. Nothing can kill a romantic moment than catching a glimpse of your mother-in-laws picture. I worked w/someone who's boyfriend had a painting of his mother from her modeling days...and yes, it was a nude...And no, they aren't together anymore!
- Use the color RED if in a legally binding relationship. Use PINK if single & looking for a relationship, or in a casual one. Use PEACH/CORAL/ORANGE if a relationship isn't your cup of tea, but passion/sex are. Bring in these colors for bedding, pillows, candles, flowers.
- Think sensual, tactile fabrics. Velvet, silk, satin, cashmere...anything that says "touch me" when you feel it. Stay away from the burlaps, anything crocheted, brocades or rough textured.
- If employing aromatherapy to further set the mood, stay away from anything that say FRAGRANCE on it. These products were made synthetically from a petrochemical base. If your "loved one" has any type of allergy or other upper respiratory ailment, this will inflame it & nothing kills passion than a stuffed up, runny nose. Look for items SCENTED with essential oils. Particularly ylang ylang, cinnamon, vanilla (#1 fave scent of men!), anything spicy will also do the trick.
- Engage ALL of the senses in the design, from the touch, smell & sight, to adding sound (romantic music-although find out what they like Marvin Gaye or Barry White isn't everyone's taste level) to taste. Having chocolates on a table, (or any other finger food) is perfect to help set the ambience for a great Vday night!
- Using candles to help amp up the "fire" energy (ie. passion) of the night (see #4). Although pay attention as you don't want to start the room literally on fire if you aren't paying attention to a lit flame!
- When designing a romantic space, think of items/decor that inspire romance...a gun collection or pictures of your ex have to go! Also displaying things in pairs (2s) also helps to set the stage. 2 candles, 2 photos of you & your significant other....you want to symbolize a couple! Items displayed individually signify 1/alone, or in 3s as a third person coming in between you & your beloved.