8 Easy Ways to Add Romance to Any Room

Want ideas that go beyond the clichéd bouquet of roses? These simple decor tips are sure to spice up the holiday and your home.

1. Flaunt Skirted Furniture
Skirted furniture can really help beautify a bedroom-or any space. Besides a bed skirt, like the one in designer Melissa Rufty's New Orleans home, try throwing a tablecloth over a side table in the entry or even invest in a skirted chair for the living room. Either way, a single piece of furniture where the legs aren't visible will up the romance factor.
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2. Forget the Roses
A dozen roses are pricey and predictable. Instead, seek out one single bloom that's sure to make a statement, then float it in a beautiful bowl. This magnolia looks stunning all on its own.
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3. Choose a Chandelier
Want to make your dining room really dreamy? Consider updating the lighting. It's a small investment that will bring big results. (If you're not experienced with wiring, you may want to call an electrician to make the installation easier.) This one hangs in a dining room by designer Hal Williamson. Tip: Try searching a thrift store for one that's metal, then update it with a coat of brightly colored paint.
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4. Have Fun with Floor Pillows
In a bedroom by designer Sally Henderson, floor pillows placed atop a flokati rug encourage relaxation and lounging. Stacked under a clear coffee table, the bright pattern is modern, sexy, and fun.
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5. Embellish a Mirror
In a gorgeous guest bedroom, Gary McBournie creates the illusion that an ornate mirror is being held up by a swatch of ribbon. The fabric adds volume to the piece, making it a better fit on the wall.
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6. Personalize the Bathroom
Having a spa-like bathroom doesn't mean it has to be stark. A piece of furniture like a chair or even a real rug will help keep the room from feeling cold. In this blue-and-white bath designed by Gideon Mendelson, a low stool is perfect for pampering.
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7. Stay Away from Too Much Shiny, Sleek Decor
If you want to add romance to the kitchen, try using rustic materials. Not everything in the kitchen needs to be stainless steel and brand-new. The worn look of something with a patina is an easy way to add warmth. This farmhouse kitchen by architect Ruard Veltman features an original Dutch gable over the door and a reclaimed teak table.
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8. Don't Forget the Closet!
Sure, you can just close the doors, but the closet is often a missed opportunity for adding a romantic touch. Because of a closet's small space, decorating it requires much less time and money than you would spend in other rooms. Designer Erinn Valencich's chooses a graphic black-and-white pattern for her closet, then paints the other walls in an ice blue.
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