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Love is In the Air - Now Get it In Your Home

Written by Cindy Marie Jenkins on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 3:05am.

Maybe you planned a special Valentine’s day dinner months in advance. Maybe your partner is taking care of it all. Maybe you’re lucky if you can sit your child down to sign all the cards for their friends. Maybe you don’t really care about a holiday to celebrate your love because you acknowledge how special it is every single day, and this is really just one more way for Hallmark to make money off our emotions.

Regardless of how you celebrate it, Valentine’s Day is a nice way to look at the romance in your life and embrace all the different kinds of love around us: in friendships, in hobbies, in partners and pets. At Nook, we love people, places, and properties, so our thoughts on love always drift towards how to make our homes more open to romance. If you’re just remembering today that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, it isn’t too late! Here are some quick tips we gathered to make your home more romantic.

  • Color: We already outlined how to embrace ultra violet, Pantone’s Color of the Year in your nooks, and a sure fire way to brighten up your surroundings is the use of contrast with color. If your kitchen and dining area live in the modern realms of hues, a bright red centerpiece or simple sunflower arrangement will go quite far towards uplifting the mood as soon as you walk through the door. Red may feel cliche, but there’s a good reason why it’s associated with passion.

  • Clutter clear: We’d love to pretend that our homes always look like they’re staged for an open house, but life happens and clutter comes with it. Take a moment to clear out that section of your home, that place where you dump your affects or that closet that bothers you whenever you open it. It very likely bothers your partner as well. This may just be a great way to clear your own head and make room for romance, but it’s astounding how much mental space our clutter takes up in our lives. If the Marie Kondo method isn’t your cup of joyful tea, take a look at New Order, a method to declutter by creative Fay Wolf.

  • Freshen up a first impression: Take a long look at how you enter your home. How does it make you feel? How does your partner interact with it? Do these contribute to positive or negative feelings towards the entire home? Are you stopped in your tracks by a piece of unwieldy furniture, or does an unfinished home improvement project always bring you a feeling of dread? Once you identify any stress points, pop on over to Amber & Honey to see how to make your entryway work for your needs.

  • Throw pillows: They’re fun, come in different shapes, and can easily transform your seating areas. Throw pillows offer so many ways to explore and show off your personality and give the living room a more comfortable feeling for a romantic night inside your nook.

  • Natural light: Romance is usually associated with mood lighting, but with the right floor plan combined with a modern feeling of “letting the outside in,” you can easily make both sunlight and moonbeams work in your love life’s favor. Add sheer curtains or a tall, elegant plant to embrace every nutrient the light can bring. Life is light plus energy and love.

Artwork: Commissioning or finding the right artwork for a loved one may be one of the most romantic gestures you can make. It means you have thought deeply about their tastes, their style, their very souls. Local to Nook neighborhoods is Benjamin Adelman’s abstracts, or Geoffrey Gersten’s Americana which merges Dali and pop culture. If you need some assistance to be absolutely sure you make the right choice, simply ask a Nook style curation expert for a designer recommendation.

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