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There is a growing trend for individuals with smaller homes to seek out the professional talents of interior designers, and this is the ideal solution for those looking to add romance to their rooms. However, you don’t have to be a pro to add some pre- Valentine’s Day romantic touches, as Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James Interior Design, explains: “There are some really cost-effective quick wins when it comes to adding romance to your home. Look at your rooms not just with your eyes but with all your senses. How does a room feel? What scents are in the air? Then drop in a little instant passion and love with a few additional touches.” Fresh flowers are the obvious place to start. Think oversize vases of cream roses, with fireplaces roaring in the background. Giant displays of lilies, roses, and gypsophila all work wonderfully, as do simpler touches like single vases of red, pink, and cream tulips. Scented candles are another quick win. They look and smell appealing and the vast range available means that they can be chosen to suit any colour scheme. Antique silver hurricanes and glass holders with long, elegant stems both work particularly well when it comes to creating a romantic feel. What’s more, candles are perfect for providing soft lighting, which adds a really romantic element to a room. Table lamps, uplighters and standing lamps can also be used to great effect Image credit: Shutterstock.com


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