How long can you persist with the ‘TV and order in’ regime over the weekend? Granted, there are many joys experienced and truths unravelled over sticky pizzas and the latest episode of Big Boss 9, but what’s life without a bit of variety?
The malaise sets in across the board, our daily life falls into predictable patterns, often dictated by work and other mechanisms of the domestic assembly line. But why do our romances fall prey to the rut of our work routine? We live in a world where deadlines seem imminent, where work piles up out of thin air and where our phones beep odiously to remind us that we’re lagging on some task in our life or the other.
In an unrelenting environment, it’s only human that we plan our romantic overtures. And since we’re planning, why not go the whole nine yards? A romantic setting — like the ones people spend their savings on for honeymoons — is the trick of an illusionist. It’s all about evoking a certain mood and you can do it yourself at home too.
The LCIM principle (lamps, candles, incense and music)
The surest sign of a good romance is when your senses tell you that it is indeed a great one. “The lighting in a home changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room.” says lighting expert Tim Anderson.
Think about it, didn’t the sights and smells of your first kiss play an important role in your remembering the experience? Pleasant, multi-sensory stimuli have the ability to set us in the mood without a conscious leap into the romantic terrain on our part. So, how do we use lighting to amp up the passion?
Here’s where simple ideas create spectacular results:
* White fairy lights are romantic and versatile. Start by putting them around the wall and then let them cascade onto the top of your bed or even your sofa. Here are some great tips to help the lighting in your room get a little more romantic!
* You can create a lovers’ dance stage on the floor by placing tealights in a circle. Now, play your tune and slow dance with your partner. Bliss, right?
* Bring out the fancy towels, spray lightly with perfume and give your partner a long oil massage. You can easily get massage oils online or even at select stores. Some of the most popular flavours are lavender, vanilla, strawberry, patchouli and rose. Accentuate the mood by playing tracks that both of you love.
Wine, Chocolate and Fruit
Let’s be honest, there’s no better combination in the world for getting into the mood than wine, chocolate and fruits. Period. These items have also been historically acknowledged as luxurious, decadent and romantic. The lushness of fresh fruit, the richness of chocolate and the headiness and warmth that flows into heightens your senses after a sip of wine cannot be negated. Feed each other these treats in bed. Be corny and read out a poem as you sip your wine, cuddle, be intimate.
These are what great weekends are made of. Use slow, sexy weekends to really get to know your partner. Break into fits of giggles, and experience a whole lot of pleasure. Rediscovering your space with these easy tips will make this upcoming weekend as amazing as a romantic trip to Bali. Well, okay, almost as amazing!
So, what’s the most romantic gesture you planned for your partner?