Ways to love your home this Valentine’s Day

Friday 14 February 2014, Written by Sarah Cole

Whilst most of us use Valentine’s Day as a chance to show those we love just how much we care, how about stepping away from the heart shaped box of chocolates and instead showing your home some of that same affection?

Like a loving and faithful partner, our homes are always there for us, so much so that it’s easy to take them for granted. Take a look around – is there a small area you could start with to inject a new lease of life? Maybe a section of your kitchen or bathroom or even a downstairs cloakroom that’s looking a little tired and could do with some love? It doesn’t have to be a huge project, even installing a new splashback can revitalise your space.

If you don’t want to take on a new project, giving your existing tiles a good clean can make a real difference. White grout, in particular, is prone to staining and fading so pay particular attention to bringing it back to white.

Take inspiration from the colours of the season, and incorporate them into your home. Passionate red isn’t just for Valentine’s Day; it’s a warm and vibrant colour that will look great year round. Use it sparingly to ensure it doesn’t overwhelm.

We’ve discussed before how pink is very much on trend once again, so consider using it to update your home. Gorgeous dusty pinks are effortlessly romantic but will continue to charm you year round. A versatile colour, pink comes in a wide range of hues that look dramatic with black, soft and charming with white and chic with grey – the combinations are endless.

But we couldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without showing you a beautiful but sophisticated heart shaped design, the ceramic Epoque tile is available in various shades (including red) but opt for blue for a touch of the unexpected. Floral designs deserve a special mention at this time of year, in honour of the thousands of bunches of flowers that will be given and received across the land. These over the top Vogue tiles in ‘Rose’ are perfect for those who aren’t afraid to make a splash. Floral patterns with a contemporary twist are an excellent way of incorporating the look without it becoming twee. These Seville tiles are inspired by the flower festival in the city for which they are named, but are a million miles from a traditional looking bloom. Don’t forget the old adage, less is more, and if in doubt the monochrome Empire tiles will add subtle sophistication in swathes.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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