Valentine’s Day decor: Set the scene at home with these heartfelt touches and amorous accessories

Planning a romantic night in this Valentine’s Day? Gabrielle Fagan reveals her top picks for February 14.

Love can, of course, be shown with just a look, a touch or a few words… but woe betide if you don’t pull out all the stops on Valentine’s Day!

Face it, even the most unromantic soul will appreciate a small gesture that marks the event and shows you care – and if you’re courting, wooing or planning to propose, setting the scene is key.

So show your home some love with flirty, fun or down-right romantic touches that could reveal your feelings, celebrate what you share, or simply make rooms more ‘love-ly! Here’s our top picks…

Pick an ever-lasting bouquet

Muriva Madison Rose Wallpaper – Raspberry, £10,99 per roll, I Want Wallpaper (I Want Wallpaper/PA)

A bouquet of roses is a classic Valentine’s gift but those blooms soon wilt.  Instead, spoil a wall with a rose-print wallpaper – digital techniques are now so good, they look freshly picked – which will transform a bedroom into a feminine, sensual boudoir.

Flirt with fun details

(L-R) Ginger Ray Lips Photo Backdrop, £8; John Lewis; Seletti St Valentine Mouse Table Lamp – Light Pink, £85, John Lewis; LOVE Cushion – Coral On Linen Square, £29.50, Bombay Duck (John Lewis/Bombay Duck/PA)

Keep it subtle and follow a soft pink theme – rather than full-on red – and use just a few pretty accessories to show you care. They’ll be perfect for that Insta-moment too!

Serve up sweet somethings

Poundland has a range of items for dining in on Valentine’s Day, including Hanging Heart Decorations, Heart Candles, Heart Bowls and Plates, Felt Table Runner, Champagne Flutes, Fabric Roses and Heart confetti, all £1 (Poundland/PA)

Avoid PDAs (Public Displays of Affection) by creating the perfect setting for that romantic meal at home. Follow a hearts and roses theme, with a red table runner, heart scatter, and napkin tied with ribbon adorned with a single rose.

Make a loving statement

(L-R) Lips Hush Needlepoint Cushion, £165, Jonathan Adler; Loving Candle by Bella Freud, £45, Amara; Heart-Shaped Glass Bead Placemat – Red, £16, John Lewis (Jonathan Adler/Amara/John Lewis/PA)

Inject colour and passion into a room, with saucy accessories that could signal your intentions.

Romance the room

Arthouse Austin Rose Pattern Wallpaper – Floral Flower Petal Photographic Motif, £9.99 per roll, I Want Wallpaper (I Want Wallpaper/PA)

The colour red is traditionally associated with feelings of love, passion and desire, and a dramatic red roses backdrop will leave a partner in no doubt about your feelings.

(L-R) Love Heart Bunting Garland – Be My Valentine, £5.99, Ginger Ray; Heart Foiled Balloons With Stickers – Be My Valentine, £4.99, Ginger Ray; Love Metallic Balloon, £1, Poundland (Ginger Ray/Poundland/PA)

A garland or a balloon (follow the ‘less is more’  rule here for best effect) could be just enough to set a heart fluttering.

Shine a loving light

Pink Neon Heart Light With Stand, £58, Audenza (Audenza/PA)

If all those hearts and flowers make you cringe, make a witty, playful statement with funky, quirky accessories instead. Neon’s bang on trend, and a Neon Heart Light or ‘Hello Gorgeous’ Neon Palm Print (£36.95, unframed) from Audenza, could be just the thing to float your rebellious decor boat.

Look out for love

Abstract Hearts – Roller Blind, from £16.37, 247 Blinds (247 Blinds/PA)

Turn away from the predictable and keep it subtle with monochrome. A window blind design that celebrates hearts could ensure a romantic outlook throughout the year.  

Spell out your desire

(L-R) Bitossi Funky Table Plate – True Love, £15, Amara; LOVE Candle – Early Grey & Cucumber fragrance, £28, Quinn Candles; Valentine Chalkboard & Stand, £1, Poundland (Amara/Quinn Candles/Poundland/PA)

If long declarations of love aren’t your style, keep it short and sweet with a few accessories that tell all.

Toast your love

(L-R) Valentines Hearts Gin Glass – Red, £10; Waterford True Love Flute – Set of 2, £120, John Lewis (John Lewis/PA)

Special occasions require a toast. Do it in style, with beautiful glasses that could become treasured mementos.

Let it glow

10 LED Paper Heart Battery Fairy Lights, £11.99, Lights4Fun (Lights4Fun/PA)

Candlelight’s not the only ingredient for an intimate setting. A string of heart-shaped lights, hung in a hallway or arranged on a mantel, could be a surprising but effective touch.

Tempt with a treat

(L-R) Alessi Heart Teaspoon Set – Silver, £22, John Lewis; Set of 2 Gold Heart Stars Kendal Mug, £11.99, JD Williams (John Lewis/JD Williams/PA)

Little gestures mean so much. Breakfast in bed will be extra special if it’s served on a tray with Valentine-themed tableware.