In the mood: How NOT to create a depressing room

I want to wrap up this “In the Mood” Series by focusing on the biggest thing everyone wants to avoid- a depressing room.

Everyone has been in one. The moment they enter it and it feels like everyone who spends a lot of time in it must really not be a happy person (which isn’t usually the case at all!). It’s sometimes hard to describe, which makes it hard to give an antidote for.

I’m going to give you a few different ways that you can make sure that your room doesn’t feel depressing (even if you feel like it’s on the edge of it!).

1. Most of the time, people say something feels “depressing” if they don’t have windows. Natural lighting can make a huge difference in your mood. However, if you don’t have any windows, you aren’t out of luck.

If you own, recessed lighting makes a huge difference in increasing the amount of light. Even though it’s artificial it will still help tremendously. If you rent your place, then lamps (think some scattered all over the room, like 3-5) will make you feel a lot better.

2. Besides adding light, color is a sure fire way to make your room feel like it is full of life. Color easily infuses a room with character and If you’re not into a ton of color, you need something with a print or texture. Contrast is what makes rooms feel complete.

This is probably the hardest part about pulling a room together. To have contrast means that you have something that is multi-colored, neutral, printed while also thinking about if it’s smooth, rough,fluffy or hard. The right combination is what you’re looking for!

What not to do....

What not to do....

What TO do......source

What TO do......source

3. Limit the amount of dark furniture (dark wood, black etc.) that is all the same. If you have a dark leather sofa, plain dark wood furniture, and not a lot of other elements (color & accessories) it can feel impersonal.

However, this is all made better with a little bit of step #2!

4. The ultimate way a home feels depressing is if it doesn’t feel lived in (in my personal opinion). It could be the most beautiful room you have ever seen, but if it doesn’t have the signs that life happens there, then I think it feels life-less. And depressing.

So, what does that mean? It means that you don’t need to feel guilty if things aren’t always where they should be and you use your dining table as an office. It can be depressing to be in a constant state of messiness...but that’s not what I’m saying.

I just think it’s okay if you have a basket with kids toys or a little animal hair on your rug. I think it’s just a way that your house is less depressing :)