Published:  12:45 AM, 11 February 2019

Make modern Valentine's Day décor

Make modern Valentine's Day décor

Michelle Honeyager  

There's always been a bit of an issue with Valentine's Day: it's marked by gaudy décor items like paper hearts, pink teddy bears and frilly Valentine's Day cards. But you can decorate your home so that you can celebrate the holiday, yet keep it classy and sophisticated.

There are plenty of ways to go about having a classy Valentine's Day. However, they're all marked by the principle of minimalism. If you place just a few accents to celebrate the holiday, you can set the mood without being surrounded by a frilly, overly pink nightmare. So take a look below to find some top ways to go about having a modern Valentine's Day.

Small Framed Accents

One idea is to find a piece that works as a smaller focal point. For instance, you could find a framed piece, like in the photo above. Something like this would fit on the wall, or you could even place it over the mantel. Then you could place small red accents around the room for some design cohesion.

This concept works best with a piece of framed art. But you can get creative by finding other classy accents. For instance, you might find a modern red heart piece on a stand. Or you could go for a simple, classy Valentine's Day wreath.

Using Accent Colors

Another idea for a modern Valentine's Day is to make use of bold red or bright pink as your accent color. In today's styles, accent colors are popular. They add a fun pop to otherwise neutral and light color schemes that define contemporary styles.

You can see an example of how something like this could work in the photo above. Bright shades of red pop in the space, a natural color for Valentine's Day. Then you could easily add a red heart piece on a shelf to set the tone for the holiday. And if you already have red or pink as an accent color, a heart décor item idea is an obvious choice.

Add Subtle Pink Accents

Instead of going for bold accent colors that pop, you could also go for subtle pink. A light baby pink won't visually compete with anything, especially if you have a lot of white in your space. You can see an idea for how to incorporate pink into a space in the photo above.

You can have some simple light pink confections in a clear jar, like these white and pink marshmallows. Don't feel like you have to overtly go Valentine's Day. An idea like this can create a subtle, modern Valentine's Day by focusing on the color scheme of the holiday alone.

Classy Art for a Modern Valentine's Day

We covered framed wall art above, but you can use word art in other pieces. By working with word art like this, you can easily set the mood for the holiday. But a simple piece like this doesn't overpower the space. It can hang on its own, or as part of an overall Valentine's Day room design.

An element like this would be easy to hang, too. And it's neutral color fits in with just about any room design. Though if you wanted to get a funky look, you could place it on a table askew for a more creative take. It's unfinished, so you could also customize it.

Small Throw Pillow Accents

The best way to keep things contemporary and easy is to simply add a holiday-themed throw pillow. This classic red heart pillow in the photo above sets the mood for the season, but its light backdrop would allow it to fit in with just about any room style.

The rustic print and burlap texture would also help it fit in with rustic chic styles. And the deep shade of the red pops. A classy throw pillow like this is just a good, basic piece that fits in with any modern Valentine's Day.

The writer is a freelancer

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