Is Your Home In The Mood For Love?

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5 Quick Tips for Adding Romance to Your Home

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When you are juggling long days at work, a family and social commitments, romance may be the last thing on your mind. It may feel like there isn't any room (or time) to add a little romantic flair, but there is! Even by making a few minor changes—that you can do yourself—you'll change your outlook on your living space, and maybe even your love life!

1. Dim Those Lights

Lighting has everything to do with the ambiance of a room. Bright lights are great if you are reading or trying to accomplish an intricate task but are not really suited for more intimate moments. A glaring beacon of fluorescent light is a distraction and can make you feel self-conscious.

Luckily, altering your lighting is easy and inexpensive. A dimmer switch is a great way to set the mood and is easy to install. Once this simple device is installed, you will be surprised at how much you will use it! You can lower the lights to watch television, relax, or for those I'm-not-ready-to-greet-the-day early Monday mornings.

Jane Tip: Quick fix idea: consider replacing bright overhead lights with small, low-light table lamps to help increase the romance factor!

If your light fixtures are dated, not pleasing to the eye, or don't give off the proper amount of light for your space, don't be afraid to replace them. Adding beautiful fixtures with a softer glow is an easy way to romanticize your home and something you can do in less than an hour. You'd be surprised what a difference it will make!

2. Create a Spa

Since your bathtub has seen better days anyway, why not toss it and get a bathtub fit for a queen and a king? A Jacuzzi-style tub is a great option because not only it accommodates two, but also because those massaging jets are a great way to unwind after a long day. It may not be a cure-all, but finding peace of mind from a long, relaxing bath is more likely to lead to romance!

The removal and installation of a new bathtub is something you can do yourself though be prepared for a lot of work. Grab a few friends to help and remember to keep your patience. If your bath is brand-new your job will be much easier as you won't have to knock down any walls or replace tile.

If replacing a tub is not something you can foresee just yet, you can still use your bathroom as a personal haven. Heed our first tip and install a dimmer switch and use it for long, relaxing soaks in the tub. Keep fragrant candles and soaps on hand and finish off your bath with a big, fluffy towel.

Beautifying your bathroom is as easy as investing in the details. Have you looked at your bathroom fixtures lately? Chances are they are in need of updating. Something as simple as Victorian-style faucets can transform your bathroom into a spa-like environment.

Fixtures can run anywhere from $60 to into the several hundred dollar-range, so there is a lot to choose from on any budget. Installing a new bathroom faucet is something you can easily tackle by yourself and will take anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day.

3. Your Love Nest Has Walls, Too!

The classic elegance of wainscoting adds romance and the comfort and coziness of a cottage to any room. This wall paneling, normally white, stretches from your baseboards to 36" to 48" high, depending on your preference. Wainscoting is a great idea for a dining area or bedroom, and pairing it with a soft color on the walls makes it even more romantic.

No longer do you need a gifted carpenter to install wainscoting as it now comes in pre cut panels that you can install yourself in about a day. Also known as ply bead or bead board, wainscoting will not only make a room more romantic, but will also make it more intricate and interesting.

You might also consider painting your room a color that inspires you. Color can dramatically affect everything, so remember this when you're choosing colors for the more intimate areas of your home. Consider applying new color with a faux painting technique. There are literally dozens of different styles nowadays, so be a little adventurous!

4. Get Away From It All

Your unused outdoor space holds the key for many a romantic evening. Picture a cozy candlelit night under the stars with a bottle of wine and a loved one. Spending time outdoors away from the television and other distractions is a great way to connect or even re-connect with your loved one. Trying to relax in your home can sometimes be difficult as there always seem to be those little reminders that nag at you—what about all the stuff that needs cleaning, or that report that needs to get done, etc., etc. A change of scene, however slight, may be just the trick.

Even if you don't have a stunning skyline view, an evening on the patio can be quite romantic. Invest in a two-person bistro type table and enjoy a dinner outside once in awhile. Light candles or invest in soft outdoor lighting. An added fire pit is especially romantic. And your existing outdoor furniture can be brought back to life.

Not a lot of outdoor room to spare? It's okay! Lest we forget that even a balcony counts as outdoor space, so why not make it your own? A bistro table, plants, a hammock, all of these can be accommodated by a balcony. Click here for more ideas on how to maximize your outdoor space.

5. Give Yourself Flowers

Receiving flowers always feels great. Usually, we don't get them as often as we like, but that is no reason to go without! Surrounding yourself with beautiful things will make you feel beautiful, and that may translate into a little more romance in your life. Flowers always look gorgeous, whether they are in a vase or growing in your garden. Try to keep some around, even if they are only daisies.

Especially fragrant flowers awaken your sense of smell and have the power to lift your mood. Jasmine, honeysuckle and lavender are three aromatic garden plants that are extremely easy to grow and smell delicious. Plant any one of these near the window and let the breeze carry the fragrance to you.

If you are an apartment dweller, don't rule this step out. Just because you live in the city doesn't mean you can't have your own garden. Installing a window box can add romance and bit of bucolic elegance to your apartment and your life. Choose a brightly colored box accented with beautiful flowers, fragrant herbs, even vegetables.

A Fine Romance

Introducing romance into your space doesn't mean making it ultra-frilly or turning your bedroom into a tribute to Valentines Day. The beauty of these projects lies in their subtlety and simplicity. Moreover, making your home more romantic is all about appealing to your senses. Remember though: what it means to add romance varies from person to person, so look into different styles and options to decide what you like and don't be afraid to take a chance and be creative!

See also:
A Bedroom for Romance
Brely's Amazing Bedroom Makeover
The Color of Love

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