Valentine’s Day is coming up which means the hopeless romantics of the world will be busy organising ways they can surprise their significant others. It might not be for everyone, but for some people, Valentine’s Day is a day of celebration and lots of effort goes into it.
Some people spend masses of money on expensive gifts, trips away and fancy meals out, but these aren’t the only ways you can show your love through a romantic gesture. Simply decorating your house and cooking a meal can be just as effective as breaking the bank on a pricey present.
Roses are synonymous with Valentine’s Day, so why not use them to your advantage? Here are 10 ways you can use roses to decorate your house for your someone special this Cupid’s day. If you’re single and want to show some love to
The most common way people use roses to decorate their houses on Valentine’s Day is to create a trail from the entrance of the house through to either the dining room or the bedroom where a bigger gift is usually waiting. This is an easy, highly romantic gesture that only requires rose petals as opposed to full roses, making it a slightly cheaper alternative. You could even go one step further and use candles to illuminate the trail, but if you choose to go down this route, make sure you’re fire safe.
If you’re going to be treating your significant other to a home cooked meal on V-Day, creating a handmade centrepiece to sit atop the dining table is a sweet gesture that will add a high impact finishing touch to your meal. You can make a garland or a wreath comprised of green foliage, rose stems and fairy lights to run the length of the table. A rose centrepiece will certainly beat a standard vase of flowers!
A stairs garland is a relatively simple decoration to make. It’s similar to a table centrepiece in the sense that full stem roses can be intertwined with complementary foliage and fairy lights. This is a great way to get in the spirit of the holiday, especially if you’re celebrating loving yourself rather than someone else this February.
Making seasonal door wreaths is something many people do as a hobby. It’s a fun way to add some interest to your front door and express your fondness of specific events/holidays, so why not add Valentine’s Day into the mix? Christmas and fall are popular times for people to adorn their doors with wreaths, but a heart shaped guide and some roses can make as beautiful a wreath as a pumpkin/poinsettia one later in the year. Plus, a rose door wreath is a great way to signal to your neighbours that your house is full of love.
Nothing says ‘I appreciate you’ quite like a hot bath. It’s common for people to put rose petals in their bath as a soothing extra all year round, but you can upgrade this by creating a full bath float. You’ll want to use the rose heads alone though as the thorns can pose a prickly risk to an undressed body! To create a bath float on a budget, buy a sponge and push the roses into it. It’s a small gesture but, when paired with a nice hot bath, some candles and a glass of bubbly, will go a long way to giving someone a smile.
Decorating your home is about more than just the look – it’s about the smell, too. You can make your own home scent using rosewater which is derived from roses. Bottle it up in an old perfume bottle and spray your home with it before your partner gets home to set the scene and create a relaxing, romantic aroma.
Pressed Rose Picture
You don’t need to use real roses to decorate your home – use dried and/or pressed flowers to make a picture and hang it on the wall. You can buy them online and press them into a frame. You can arrange them into a heart shape for some added romance. Pressed rose pictures won’t just look good on Valentine’s Day, it’ll look good all year round.
If you’re pressed for time this Valentine’s Day, a simple sprinkling of rose petals on the bed is a romantic gesture that could brighten up your partner’s day. It’s an age-old tactic that has worked for years, and likely will continue to do so for a long time to come.
Real roses aren’t the only way you can decorate your house this Valentine’s Day; faux roses work, too! A rose light is a re-usable item that is better for the environment than real roses, and it’s something that your partner will get plenty of use out of. Whether it’s a neon light, a sculpted lamp or a patterned lamp shade, rose lights can match any home style/décor – February 14th or not.
Spell It Out
The final way you can use roses to decorate your home this Valentine’s Day is by spelling it out. It’s a cliché gesture but one that can – provided your partner is a hopeless romantic themselves – blow someone’s socks off. You don’t have to spell out that four word question, a simple ‘I love you’ in rose petals can signify your commitment just as much as an impromptu engagement.
What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year? Will you be decorating your home for someone special, or will you be doing it for yourself?