Here are a few décor ideas to help you create an intimate, enchanting ambiance throughout your home.
"In the world of design, nothing sets the tone faster than lighting," says Monica Pedersen, a designer and spokesperson of Rutherford Hill wine's "Design Your Date Night" campaign.
Two of the best ways to give your home an elegant, romantic atmosphere is to dim the lights and light some candles. Hannah Russin, senior communications manager at SpeedDate.com, recommends creating a centerpiece of candles of different heights and shapes. She explains that these candles will cast interesting, unique shadows that will set your romantic evening at home apart from all other nights.
Pedersen adds, "If large pillars or candelabras are out of the budget, simply mass inexpensive tea-light candles in small glass votives on a table or around a room."
Rather than stretching out on the couch, as you might any other night of the week, Russin suggests creating a cozy cuddle space on the floor. "Lay down a blanket and top it with floor pillows and soft throws in dark-colored shades. Enjoy post-dinner drinks, watch a movie or simply enjoy each other's company in a more intimate setting."
Have you set aside your finest plates, glasses and serveware for special occasions? Get ready to pull them out of storage, because a romantic evening at home with your loved one certainly qualifies as one!
Pedersen says, "When setting your table, start with your wedding gift stash. There are always beautiful platters and plates hiding away that are perfect for a special date night at home."
Interior designer and author Elaine Griffin further recommends setting out a linen tablecloth, napkins and placemats, noting that you should iron them ahead of time because "wrinkles are not romantic."
If the television or computer is on, your date night at home can quickly begin to feel like "any old night." That's why you should heed the advice of entertaining expert and celebrity restaurateur Liza Utter. She recommends turning off all of the electronics, including the lights. "No BlackBerries, iPhones or iPads are allowed -- iPods are the one exception to the rule. To create an atmosphere with no distractions and where conversation can flow, light the candles and turn your iPod to Michael Bublé," she suggests.
If there's a possibility your date night will end in the bedroom, be sure to prepare it ahead of time. Russin says, "Turn your bedroom into a page straight out of a steamy romance novel by installing canopy netting above your bed and replacing your day-to-day bedding with deep, romantic shades of red, pink and black. If you can't work a canopy, hang some lights from the ceiling to drape over the bed. Re-use those white holiday lights in a new way, either by pinning them to the wall or wrapping them into coiled balls and putting them around the room. Light some candles in the perimeter of the room and spritz a sultry scent. The mood will be more than set!"
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