For centuries people have got all cosy and loved-up in front of the fireplace. However, maybe it’s today’s hi-tech, fast paced world, or maybe it is due to the fact that you’re simply a romance-Neanderthal that your passionate love-life has been put on the back burner.
With these simple, no-nonsense tips, you’ll be able to snatch back the passion from an overly commercial day (Valentines Day (Feb 14th – don’t forget it!) and rekindle the fire in your relationship.
Light the fire: A fire is a great focal point and turns the whole room into a cosy, ambient space. Before you light your fire or stove be sure to make sure it is clean and the chimney is clear of any blockages if you haven’t swept it in a while. It is also worth making sure you have enough fuel for the evening – you don’t want to spoil the mood by traipsing outside every hour to refuel (log baskets are very handy).
Set the mood with ambient lighting: The romantic glow of the fire should be the main source of light. Light a few candles and maybe switch on a lamp – but stay away from bright electric lights, and keep those candles away from flammable materials.
Organise the room accordingly: Move the furniture in your room to be based around the fire. The focal point of the fireplace will draw the eye and create a cosy atmosphere.
Talk: Ok, this may not be the most popular suggestion in the age of ‘Netflix and Chill’ but at least give it a shot. After all, wasn’t it your flirty chit-chat and supremely cheesy chat-up lines that ensnared your partner in the first place?
Anyway, if it starts going south you can always stick on a movie, so at least you can say you tried.
Embrace hygge: Did you know having a fire in your house is good for your soul? Using your fireplace or stove more often will not only make you feel better, it will increase the number of romantic nights in, instead of waiting for one evening in a year.
Avoid oysters: Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like gut-emptying food poisoning so avoid oysters and other risky foods, regardless of their so-called libido-enhancing properties. If you’re not a particularly confident chef stick to what you know, but do it with a twist. If you have a stove or even an open fire you can use it to cook a romantic dinner. We stock a range of cookware products that allow you to woo your partner with your back-to-basics methods, bringing cooking out of the kitchen and in amongst the embers.
And if you burn it to a crisp you can always fall back on the ‘at least it was the thought that counts’ line as you reach for the takeaway menu.