Valentine’s Day is a great day to show yourself how much love and respect you have for the wonderful, amazing person that you are. Even if you have a partner who loves you for your authentic self, it’s always important to love yourself first and that includes treating yourself to something special. Splurge on a new dress, a beautiful necklace, a soothing facial and massage, or a home/office makeover. Go for it! You deserve it. After all, there is nothing better than showing the universe that you truly love the beautiful, sexy, intelligent, and unique soul that you know you are – because when you love YOU, it translates to everything else in your life including your physical space. Your personality, uniqueness, and eccentricities are reflected everywhere you go.
So, this year for Valentine’s Day, treat yourself and your home or office to some major loving. The universe will smile upon you, nod in approval, and reward you with an incredible, awesome, superb, glorious, fantastic, tremendous, (you get what I mean) home or business environment that will take your breath away.
If you aren’t sure what you can do to give your space some love, here’s what I would do.
Since I live and breathe color, I would start with my favorite colors or color palettes I’ve been eyeing. I would think about what I can do to spruce up each room or each space I want to update with colors that mean something to me. It can be on a small scale or a large scale. You can determine what that is for you but for me, dark moody colors have been on my mind for quite awhile, especially rooms painted in black, deep burgundy, bold plum, or a dark olive green. I’m loving the mysterious yet luxurious look. Even an accent wall in majestic navy or a rich emerald makes me smile because those are the colors I really enjoy at the moment. Maybe I’m feeling like I don’t want to paint an entire room in black at this time. I should honor my feelings and stay true to how I feel in the moment. Maybe I’ll keep the walls more of a neutral color, but paint the trims and moldings a soft shade of black like charcoal or a deep plum to bring some flavor to the space. Whatever you are feeling in the moment, honor your feelings and go with your intuition. If your gut says I think I’ll make small changes like change out the throw pillows on my sofa with patterns and color, then go with that.
Introduce a contrasting color or material that will make your room stand out and fill the air with love. If a room has black walls, white ceiling, trims and molding will create a beautiful elegant contrast against the intense somber walls. It’s a pretty balance between light and dark. The color combinations can be anything as long as there is a definite contrast to the eye and it brings you joy. If I painted my walls a deep plum like Benjamin Moore’s Carter Plum CW-355, and I was tired of white glossy trims, I’d go with a soft grey like Benjamin Moore’s Grey Owl 2137-60, and paint the window/door trims, skirting boards, or any wood work in that color. I could paint the ceiling in the same grey as the trims or leave the ceiling white. Take a look at your space. Is there enough contrast or does everything blend in together? Think about the paint color, your furniture, artwork, window treatments, rug, lights, pillows, etc…Does it look like everything is the same shade of color or in the same color family? Try introducing a color on the opposite color spectrum to give a nice striking distinction to your space.
I’d incorporate materials that I love that bring texture and visual interest to a space. Wood brings a natural charm and character while brass brings a warmth and coziness to a dark, mysterious room. If I painted the walls a bold navy or a dark olive green (both cool hues), I would warm it up with wood, brass, leather, textured throw blankets, or lights. I’d treat a moody living room to a beautiful brass and nickel chandelier to dress up the space and give it some contemporary warmth. I’d incorporate nature because I love nature by bringing in plants and flowers. How will you incorporate texture to your space? If you want to make your home or office more warm, cozy, and inviting, incorporate materials you love with earthy hues either on a small scale or a large scale that will create a lot of texture.
If you have items you collected since you were a child or from your travels, display them! I collect snow globes and post cards when I travel and I have quite a few that I display in my home. I’m also starting a collection of butterflies since I love butterflies and my logo is of a butterfly about to take flight. If you love it, it’s meant to be seen. It’s meant to receive lots of attention. So, whether you collect taxidermy, stamps, dolls, antique records, or objects of pigs (yes, I once saw a home with a massive pig collection), showcase a few of them or all of them. If you display things you love in your home or office, you’re treating your space with the same love you also have for yourself because your space is an extension of you. Unique, eccentric, and kooky knick knacks lend much interest to a space, especially a cozy room with a moody vibe!
Plants and flowers work in any room. If you love nature like I do, add plants or flowers. Buy yourself a fresh bouquet of roses, dahlias (one of my favorite flowers), or fragrant lilies this Valentine’s Day. Trust me, your home or office space will love you for it because you are incorporating nature and that’s the best gift of love you can give to yourself and your space.
So, treat not only yourself, but also your habitat with love and joy. Whatever is done with love, is done well – Vincent Van Gogh. It’ll be one Valentine’s Day you won’t forget!