Okay…I’m just going to say it.  I think Valentine’s Day decor can get out of hand sometimes.  And by “out of hand,” I mean just a little on the tacky side.  Now, before you stop reading and boycott my blog forever, just hear me out.  I think that if you are doing a Valentine’s Day craft with kids, then BY ALL MEANS show it off!  There is nothing more special than items made by little hands…and I truly mean that!  However, I have seen some, shall we say…”over the top” Valentine’s decor floating around the pages of Pinterest.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  They look like Cupid’s little elves came in the middle of the night and TP’d the living room with red crêpe paper.  Your eyes can’t even land on a place to focus.  SO. MUCH. RED.
Maybe red is your thing.  If so, that’s great.  You keep on doing you!  (And I’m sorry about the little cupid elf comment).  🙂  As for myself, the only red I want to see is in my wine glass.  Therefore, I am going to give you some alternatives to traditional, red Valentine’s Day home decor.  I have hand-picked items that I feel are classy, original, and yet still capture the essence of February’s beloved holiday…


1. DIY “Love” Tin Pails

This website gives a detailed tutorial on how to create these adorable tin pails by using terracotta pots.  The same effect can be achieved by purchasing small metal buckets like these and adding white silk flowers.  This would also be a perfect project for your cutting machine (such as a Cricut or Silhouette Cameo).  Source: eHow

Love Tin Buckets

2. XOXO Oblong Throw Pillow

This beautifully textured linen pillow would look great on your couch throughout the entire month of February.  Source: Kohls

neutral Valentine's Day decor

3. Boxwood Wreath with Valentine Printable

Jenn from Clean & Scentsible provides wonderful decor ideas and free Valentine’s Day printables.  She suggests adding a printable to a wreath or other decor in your home.  Source: Clean & Scentsible

neutral Valentine's Day decor

4. Latex Painted Mason Jars

Kelly from KA Styles offers step-by-step instructions and a materials list for these sweet DIY latex painted mason jars.  Source: KA Styles

pink and blush Valentine's Day decor

5. Let’s Cuddle Throw Pillow

This simple pillow will certainly add a touch of class to your living room.   Source: Etsy

white Valentine's Day pillow

6. Pallet Wood “Love” Sign

Amanda from The Refurbished Home includes a detailed tutorial with photos for this rustic pallet wood “love” sign. Don’t have time to make it?  She also offers the sign in her Etsy shop!    Source: The Refurbished Home

rustic Valentine's Day sign

7. Wifey/Hubby Stemless Wine Glasses

Sip your favorite beverage from these modern, stemless wine glasses or just display them on the counter and admire the sleek gold accents.   Source: Nordstrom

gold foil wine glasses

8. Rose Bud Vanilla Soap Petals

Both beautiful and practical, these Vanilla Soap Petals come in the shape of real rose buds. Use them decoratively in your favorite dish or apothecary jar to fragrance your bathroom, or use a few petals as a single use soap for handwashing. Source: World Market

rose petal soap

9. Love Birds Tea Towel

This adorable accent is screen-printed onto a natural cotton flour sack dish towel.  Perfect for adding that “romantic” touch to your kitchen area.  Source: Etsy


neutral Valentine's Day decor

10. Faux Fur Heart Accent Pillow

This plush, heart-shaped accent pillow in soft faux fur is perfect for cuddle time and a cozy night at home. Source: Nordstrom

fur Valentine's Day pillow

11. Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Julie Blanner showcases an elegantly designed, neutral table arrangement with white tulips for a quiet dinner at home on Valentine’s Day.  Source: Julie Blanner

Valentine's Day tablescape

12. “You’re My Person” Wall Print

This simple wall print conveys a powerful statement in just three words. Upon purchase, you can actually print directly from your computer so that you don’t have to wait for this delightful piece of decor.  Source: Etsy

Valentine's Day wall decor

13. Personalized Wooden Initial Sign

I absolutely LOVE personalized decor.  This mini wooden sign features a simple, painted design to show someone special how much love is in your heart. Source: Etsy

Valentine's Day personaized sign

14. Shabby Chic Cream Berry Wreath

Besides the fact that this wreath is absolutely lovely, I think my favorite thing about it is its versatility.  The soft, romantic colors make it perfect for displaying during the month of February, but it would look great hanging on your door literally any month of the year. Source: Etsy

Valentine's Day neutral wreath

Hopefully, I have given you some ideas for decorating your house outside of the traditional “red” comfort zone that Valentine’s Day seems to find itself year after year.  If you want to add a little more color (but don’t want your house to look like a giant Valentine box), add small splashes of red throughout your decor collection.  Consider adding some red apothecary jars or a set of red coasters to the mix for a tasteful, classic look.








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