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Home is where the heart is:

With Valentine's Day looming, it's the perfect time to show your rooms some love.
By Motherpedia
Date: February 05 2012
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What could be more heart-warming than colourful red accessories, curvy furniture and sensual textures - all vital ingredients for a sanctuary where you can woo in style or simply snuggle as a singleton.

"Valentine's Day is an ideal occasion to experiment with some new touches, whether it's heart-shaped cushions, a romantic framed poster, or some tongue-in-cheek witty pieces that make you smile and hint at your romantic intentions," says interior designer Danielle Proud.

She believes we should all have more fun with our homes and dress them for all sorts of occasions, not just February 14, in the same way that we 'dress up' outfits to suit a celebration.

"People are falling in love with their homes all over again," she says.

"Tougher financial times mean we're staying in more and trying to create indulgent, beautiful spaces where we can retreat and entertain. But I still think people underestimate what they can do easily and cheaply to change or heighten atmosphere.

"It can be as small as changing the shade on a lamp to make the light warmer and more intimate. Maybe revamping cushions with decorative trim, or using lengths of deep red velvet for a luxury throw on a chair. Those little details can have a big effect."

She's just treated her home to two contemporary designer sofas in shades of tomato red, orange and pink (eBay bargains), has striking red wallpaper in the dining area, and frequently rings the changes with vibrant accessories.

"Scent for rooms is key to conjuring mood and is the first thing people notice when they enter," says Proud.

"A scent can stir basic emotions and feelings, and memories can be recalled instantly from a simple whiff of perfume. Choose a room fragrance carefully, as it will set the scene for the occasion."

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