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
2. XOXO Oblong Throw Pillow
This beautifully textured linen pillow would look great on your couch throughout the entire month of February. Source: Kohls
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
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
5. Let’s Cuddle Throw Pillow
This simple pillow will certainly add a touch of class to your living room. Source: Etsy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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