To celebrate the day of love, many of us have turned to exquisite gifts, lavish dinners and perhaps even a mini getaway. At April Hamilton, we like to focus on charming the senses with soft lighting, textured accessories and beautiful finishing touches. Before we indulge you with some of our top interior decoration tips, it’s not too late to pick up a few essential gifts from Harrods Valentine’s Day Gift Shop or pick up a love-themed bracelet for Her from Bvlgari and pop a note in a card. Read on to discover how we’ll dress up the home for this special occasion.
First, let’s set the right mood with soft lighting. Ambient lighting is inviting, doesn’t create shadows, and is often connected to a dimming system. It’s essential for creating warmth and depth in a room. Taken together, this creates ambience and sets the right mood for the evening. Ambient lighting or mood lights, in the form of a table lamp or floor lamp will help. Choose a lower wattage bulb – as this will help set soft, flattering light. Porta Romana and Heathfield are our go-tos in the decorative lighting department.
To accompany and complement your ambient lighting, consider starting a cosy fire or lighting some candles. After all, lighting can be layered to create a desired effect. To strike the right balance, avoid lighting only one corner of the room, and similarly avoid lighting the entire room altogether! Rather, aim to softly liven up the space in a balanced, soft style.
For a lovely Valentine’s Day effect, illuminate the room and senses with luxury scented essential oil candles from NEOM Organics or fill your home with the rich, alluring scent of Jo Malone’s Velvet Rose and Oud Home Candle. Adding fragrances to your evening will also create memories.
Luxurious textures and throws will add extra appeal under moody lighting so why not stock up on a few richly-textured pieces? Here’s a selection of the most luxurious throws from AMARA. Not to forget the bedroom, where I also recommend treating yourself to exquisite quality bedding and bed linen at Josephine Home.
Finally, add some other thoughtful touches with a bottle of champagne: Perrier-Jouët or some iconic pink bubbles by Laurent-Perrier Rosé, perhaps? This iconic Valentine’s Day Hamper from Harrods is also a great idea if you’re celebrating at the weekend instead. Finally, sweep your date off their feet with one of these 8 Romantic Spotify Playlists.
There’s plenty to look forward to this Valentine’s Day. Whether you choose to spruce up the day with all of the tips we’ve shared here or prefer to adapt a handful, we’re certain you’re in for a special treat. For more interior inspiration, consider following April Hamilton on Instagram and Pinterest.