It’s February already, which means Valentine’s Day isn’t far away. If you’re planning something special for your special someone you should remember that nothing says “Love Me Tender” like some sultry mood lighting.
For an amorous evening in, it’s up to you to to create the perfect atmosphere for the night. And let me tell you, lighting will be essential. What else could completely transform a regular room into a romantic retreat in seconds? If you’re strapped for time, or lacking ideas for lighting this Valentine’s, we’ve got your back. We’ve put together a list of our best (and easiest) romantic lighting ideas to make sure your night goes right.
If you only make one lighting change for Valentine’s Day, make it this: put your overhead lights on a dimmer. It’s a simple, affordable switch to make, but it will make all the difference when you’re turning your den, dining room, or boudoir into an enchanting paradise. And let’s face it – everyone looks better in softly dimmed ambient light, which can’t hurt on a day like February 14th. Plus, once you install the dimmer, you’ll be able to enjoy it all year round.
2. String Lights
After you establish romantic ambient lighting it’s all about adding a little magic with accent lights. If you have some white string lights left over from the holidays, they can add a bit of sparkle to your evening. Try draping them behind sheer curtains or around the dinner table or bed’s headboard. They’ll have you and your sweetie starry-eyed in no time.
If you live in a warmer climate and plan to spend an evening under the actual stars, you can tightly wind the string lights around the bases of trees in your yard. If you have a tree with a large canopy, try draping some in the very lowest branches – it’ll be the ideal spot for a slow dance or two.
4. Lamp Shades
If you really want to go all out this Valentine’s day, you can change out your light-colored lampshades for darker, sexier styles. Red, burgundy, or purple colors will transform any lamp light to a soft, dusky glow.
Of course, no romantic evening is complete without candlelight. Here, the possibilities are really endless. You can arrange a few simple votives on the dinner table or cluster pillar candles around the couch or in the bedroom. If spending time outside, you can light anything from hanging lanterns to Tiki torches – whatever lights your fire!
For more blush-worthy Valentine’s lighting ideas, you should check out our Romantic Lighting board on Pinterest!
What are you planning for Valentine’s Day? Anyone hoping to impress someone special with romantic lighting? We want to hear about it!