Whether it’s about pops of color, vibrant patterns or adding greenery, there are lots of ways to create a space that can improve your mood
These days, while we’re all quarantined at home sweet home and likely worried about the state of the world, little lifts can go a long way—particularly when it comes to what’s around us.
The key to a cheerful room is to add the elements that most inspire you to feel happy, calm, and relaxed. Whether that means infusing pops of color, vibrant patterns or even some additional greenery, here’s what the design pros have to say about giving your space the mood boost we all need right about now;
A cheerfully decorated room is one filled with carefully curated items that inspire and elevate our mood. These rooms are clutter-free and organized. They incorporate natural elements such as plants or flowers and as much daylight as possible.
A large-scale print of the ocean, a hiking trail, or a favorite travel destination can provide inspiration for a future adventure. An accent wall with a fabulous large-scale wall covering can add fun and a sense of drama. Try adding layers of your favorite hue in various shades to make things feel more serene.
When arranging a space, think about what appeals to your senses. Add your favorite scent with a room in or candle. Placing a speaker for uplifting music or a small water feature to also add a bit of cheer. A small grouping of framed photographs of family and friends and books and magazines that inspire you in an uplifting way are the keys to creating cheer.
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Any type of pattern can create a lift. Patterns, especially, can work really well with so many other patterns. Floral prints are also very classic and sentimental for lots of people.
Use a multi-colored pattern and then pull a couple of different colors, which lends a cohesiveness to a room with multiple colors. When using different colors, without a multi-colored pattern to tie everything together, choosing at least a couple of solid fabrics (including neutrals), is key to grounding the space and preventing it from looking disconnected or busy.
Art can also provide an unexpected and interesting pop of color that doesn’t need to exist anywhere else in the room. You can try a strong wall color but make it monochromatic. For example, if a room was painted in blue, focus on upholstered pieces in that same general color palette.
Go big with pieces of art, bold patterned pillows or throws, or add a colorful rug. If you love a lot of colors, introduce one or two large pieces of art into a single space and pull in coffee table books and other accessories with complementary colors.
For overall color schemes, the biggest tip is to embrace bold choices, experiment with color and see how it makes you feel. If you like a lot of colors, balance and harmony are key. Adding in greenery with colorful florals is a great way to pull colorful rooms together.
Play and experiment. Your home should be a reflection of you and what makes you happy. Select decor and colors that excite you and make you feel at ease when you look at it.
Cue Vibrant Colors
Hot colors evoke a smile. You can start with a neutral base but keep the undertones warm. Then add sharp pops of color as accents. Yellow is a particularly happy color for a lot of people.
Another approach is color overload. Layers of color on color will create a cheerful space but might take a more trained eye to achieve successfully.
Infuse pattern, from animal prints and stripes to fun fresh florals. You can also look at a more traditional pattern like toile but in an unexpected palette such as a neon bright pink for a fresh and cheerful twist. A very graphic wallpaper can be fabulous for an accent wall.