Tuesday, April 26, 2011

7 instant ways to lift the mood of a room.

With this gloomy weather we've been having here in Sydney this weekend, I thought I'd share some tips and tricks to quickly lift the mood in a room and brighten up your day without spending too much time or money.

Fresh and beautiful, antique roses

1. Beautiful, fresh flowers will instantly add a nice, natural splash of colour to a room. Potted plants are great too, and they have the added bonus of lasting a lot longer- provided that you are one of those lucky people that can keep them alive! Fresh flowers and flowering plants can also lift a room with their lovely scent.

2. Open the blinds, or better yet the window. Letting in some natural light -even if it is a bit gloomy outside- will liven up your space. A little natural light goes a long way and you may find that if the weather has been a bit icky lately that you really haven't let the sun in for a while. If it's not too cold and rainy, a breath of fresh air will do your room (and you for that matter) wonders.

3. Re-arrange the furniture, or if that's not an option change up your accessories. Swap the cushions from the couch with the ones in your bedroom, clear off the bookcase and try a new arrangement, put the TV against a different wall- all of these things can completely freshen a room without you having to spend money, just use what you have already!

4. Light a candle. The glow of a candle gives off a soothing and calming vibe, as well as providing a warm tone of light to a space. This can be particularly effective at night time when you can't let the sun shine in. Scented candles are also lovely, but be sure that the scent is not too strong for you as that can create a stifling atmosphere.

5. Put some music on. Music can certainly set the mood of a room and change the tone of a space. Something relaxing, happy, joyful, loud... whatever takes your fancy! Even better if you can sing along- who cares if you can't sing?

6. 'Spring clean' a little. Dust, vacuum/mop and de-clutter. A less than perfectly clean space can start to become a little depressing, and dust or odors can make the air in a room less than pleasant. Try using some essential oils (citrus or peppermint are best) to enliven a room a freshen it up. Throw out or store any 'clutter' that might be lying around- it makes a huge difference!

7. Invite a friend over for a cup of tea. Nothing adds energy to a space like a friend to share it with! It also tends to make you do a bit of a tidy/clean up- and the cup of tea doesn't hurt either.

What are your favourite ways to instantly brighten a room?


  1. I definitely agree with all of your suggestions...love your dear little house:))
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week xo

  2. Great tips...such a fan of fresh flowers. I always try to have something blooming that I can bring indoors.

  3. Good advice - fresh flowers and open curtains are perfect.

  4. i would have to agree with rearranging furniture, or redecorating in general! i am constantly mixing up my apt:) thanks for the post!


  5. I love how simple all these tips are but what a difference they make! Nicolex

  6. Great tips! We have had nothing but rain, rain, rain here this week, so cheering things up is definitely in order. Fresh flowers are my favorite luxurious detail to add to any room!


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