On the final approach to Valentine’s Day (ten days away!) with a full weekend to prepare for, enliven your living space with romance or something to celebrate the love of self.
In fact, the smaller the living space, the better because even something small can make a big impact. Experiment with these ideas:
PARTNERED LOVE: Lure in some good feels with erotic colors, smells, and textures.
- COLOR: Red has long been the color of love, likely because red is the color of our blood, of roses, and our hearts. With this much symbolism, dress this color in your bedroom with bed sheets, pillows, curtains, and decorations to hang on your walls. White represents purity and innocents, so an equal balance of these two colors will do well to lure and entice, and purple invokes serenity and peace.
- TEXTURE: Smooth feels nice on the skin. Silk, warmth, cream, and water in equal pairings of bed sheets, baths, and a delicious treat will invite calm, comfort, and maybe a little more.
- SMELLS: Humans are like animals in where we are attracted (or repulsed) by smells. Invest in scented candles and arrange them in the center of a pile of candy hearts on the small table by the door, on a kitchen counter, or as a centerpiece for your coffee table. Flowered candles are the best to secure a sense of romance. More specifically, here are a few to consider: ROSE – has long been touted to increase “that romantic feel”. LAVENDER – calms, and de-stresses.
SELF-LOVE: Valentine’s Day, though the yearly pinnacle of romantic affection, can also cater to the happy single because in order to love others, you must first love yourself. Here’s how:
- BAKE: Give yourself an excuse to melt chocolate, whip cream cheese with lemon soufflé, glaze over with pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles…okay, now I’m hungry.
- BATHE: Rediscover the love of self by soaking in a tub fizzing with bath bombs while floating candles reflect off the steam, and listen to your favorite music in the background of the dark room.
- LETTER: Write yourself a letter. Write in this letter how awesome you are and the qualities you admire. Mail it, receive it, read it, and feel happy about being single.
- MOVIE: Don’t watch that sappy love triangle (you’re happy being single, remember?) Instead, watch that movie where self-perseverance conquers all.
- DINNER FOR ONE: Cook that favorite meal of yours and enjoy it by candlelight.
Found love? Share it with others. Haven’t found love? Find ways to love – and be happy – with yourself this Valentine’s Day.
About the author:
J.M. Robison is a fantasy author who’s written 8 fantasy novels to date (1 published, 3 more to be published in 2018) She’s quested over foreign lands with the U.S. Army, and currently attains high hopes to quit her day job to stay home and get paid to write. She makes her own shampoo, lotions, laundry soap, face wash, cleaners, and toothpaste (she’s anti-chemical anything in her home). Someday she’ll pack the wagon and roam the mountains in search of dragons.