Set The Mood: Simple Decor Ideas for Valentine’s Day

This posts comes from our friend Jinnie Templin at Bright Settings.

Whether you’re married, engaged, or just have a special someone you want to share your time with, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect day to show your significant other just how much they mean to you.

If you’re trying to make this Valentine’s Day a special one, here are some ideas to create an ambiance that’s perfectly tailored for you and your sweetie.


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Choose decor that represents your relationship.

The token colors for Valentine’s Day are red, pink and white, but doesn’t mean you have to abide by those imaginary rules. The same goes with hearts; I’m a fan of the shape, but too many hearts on Valentine’s Day and I feel like mine might explode. Instead, opt for colors that suit you. Whether it’s table linens that match the color of the sunset you watched together when you first started dating or flowers that match the colors of the school at which you met, breaking free of the red and pink will help your night feel more special and less like a Hallmark card.

If you’re staying in, add an extra element to make the evening stand out.

You certainly don’t have to go out on Valentine’s Day. If you do decide to have a romantic dinner at home, you don’t have to go overboard, although a few extra elements can turn your everyday stomping grounds in to a romantic setting. My suggestions? Switch up the decor, light some homemade Romantic Paper Wrapped Candles, or add a love letter such as a DIY Love Card to your tablescape. These elements will transform your ordinary dinner table into something different and special. One way to quickly spice up your table is by creating a Full of Love Topiary Tree.

Be yourself.

We’re surrounded by images that suggest big gestures should be the norm and that puts a lot of pressure on holidays like Valentine’s Day. Glitz and glam are great to incorporate at the right occasion, but choosing elements that really represent who you are will go over much more smoothly. It will also remind your partner why they love you so much in the first place—because you’re you. Plus, if you’re staying true to yourself, you’ll be much more relaxed and better able to enjoy your time with loved ones.

No matter what your plans are, remember that this holiday is all about who you share it with. As much as I’m about choosing the right decor for the occasion, I still believe that the best ingredient to any successful dinner is good company.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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