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Valentine’s Day fun: How to make your home a more romantic spot this year

By Andrew Bell

The month of February is a variety things to a lot of different  people, but there's one unifying milestone that brings people together: Valentines Day.

Love is, after all, the great conqueror and helps enrich our lives on the daily. Whether it be the love of a close friend or family member, your undying affection for your animals, or your dedication to a job you love – it's everywhere and can't be escaped! 

But February holds a special day for a special love, and gives you a chance to show your affection for your other half. Perhaps you've decided to take a trip away for the weekend, or feel like popping out and watching 50 Shades of Grey when it releases on the 14th. The world is your oyster – don't let the aphrodisiac go to waste.

Or perhaps you simply want to spend some quality alone time with your lover in the comfortable confines of your own home. With the busy schedules people have these days, you'd be hard pressed to find a reason why this isn't a wonderfully intimidate idea. 

Turning your Surfers Paradise property into a hidden retreat for your partner to discover is not only a touching surprise, but also relatively easy to do! Here are some tips to help you turn your home from suburban dream to Aphrodite's Temple. 

Set the mood

Take your partner on a journey from the moment they open the front door. Lighting candles and hanging flowers on the front door could serve as a little hint of what's to come, with the inside draped in low candle light and sensual aromas – whether these come from a meal you've made for the two of you, or from a waiting bubble bath. 

Make sure the television is off and have some music playing softly in the background. Purchasing your partner's favourite types of chocolate or candy and having them on hand is a wonderful way to start the night off and help them relax and unwind – especially if they're been at work all day. 

Creating the right bedroom aesthetic 

First thing's first, be sure to make the bed properly. Furthermore, if there is extra good linen being kept for a noteworthy occasion, now could be the time to bust it out – what's more special than celebrating the love you have for another person? 

Another romantic idea that often gets seen in films and television showsis the sprinkling of rose petals down the hallway and into the bedroom, where the bed is positively covered in the little symbols of love. This is a nice gesture, but keep in mind that buying that many roses could end up being quite expensive – not to mention the fact that you'll have to clean up in the morning. 

Something along the same lines to consider would be two bunches of roses in vases on each bedside table, with some lovely candles next to the flowers on the table to help create ambiance. Also, to avoid distractions in the morning, take any televisions, radios or other devices out of the room – after all, this is a space for you and your partner to relax, unwind and celebrate your relationship together. 

Make long lasting changes

Just because Valentine's Day is over doesn't mean your bedroom has to return to a normal, less romantic version of itself. This is a space where you and your partner can be yourselves, so creating a room that reflects these values is a great way to maintain the spark in your relationship. 

Consider painting the room, installing some proper shelving to cut down on clutter, or taking out unnecessary technology to help bring the two of you closer together in the long term. 

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