Home decor is based on all kinds of factors. Personal tastes, design trends, and affordability are just some of what we think about when creating a space to call home. And our living space is ultimately an extension of ourselves — a judgment-free zone that’s only as open to the world as we allow it to be. No wonder our emotions also play a huge role in the way we shape our living spaces.
Now, the design world is responding to the uniquely human need to put our emotional stamp on our surroundings with a new trend destined to make a splash in the coming years: emotional decor.
Apropos of its name, this trend is all about crafting spaces meant to provide an emotional outlet and promote the free flow of feelings — and according to Pinterest Predicts 2022, it’s set to be the “it girl” of home decor both now and in the future.
Where emotional decor makes a departure from other design trends like feng shui is that it creates focus. Instead of creating a flow throughout your entire space, try devoting a single powerful emotion to one room, or even a secluded nook — any place where you can channel those feelings, whatever they may be.
The term (while not incredibly imaginative itself) spawned from a global analysis of Pinterest data that shows an uptick in searches for things like “rage room,” “library room,” and “crystal room,” to name a few. But how exactly does the emotional decor trend actually translate to a real-life living space? Before you channel your inner Madonna and “Express Yourself,” check out these helpful hints for getting in touch with this sensitive new style.
In Living Color
It should come as no surprise that color choices are important when it comes to expressing yourself — but saturating your space with specific hues plays a central role in the emotional decor trend, having “complex effects on how its users feel, and can amplify the sensation of lighting, create optical illusions, and change the perception of the environment dramatically,” according to archdaily.
Light It Up
Lighting goes hand in hand with color, and the ways we choose to illuminate (or de-illuminate) our homes can have a huge impact on our decor’s emotional IQ. Want to create a warmer, cozier space? Opt for more yellowish tones. Need to stimulate your inner busy bee? White, more natural lighting is the ideal choice for channeling productivity (it’s easier on the eyes, too). In short, lighting + color = ambience. It’s as simple as that.
The Sound of Silence
Sound, or lack thereof, can be instrumental to setting the mood in any space. Those looking to evoke a zen feeling of meditative reflection may want to opt for decor that eliminates unwanted acoustics that may kill their chill. Rugs and curtains with thick fabrics help absorb sound, while hard furniture like bookshelves can help break up a room and create a more reverberant sound (this is especially true in smaller spaces).
It’s Only Natural
Being a proud plant parent is so much more than a hobby — it’s a way to express yourself through a proximity to nature. Anyone who’s ever heard of biophilia will undoubtedly be copacetic with this vibe— the “notion that human beings have an innate tendency to seek closeness to nature.” Plant power, indeed.
As with any trend, emotional decor is subjective. How it’s interpreted is entirely up to you. So whether you want a red rage room to scream into the ether or a calm alcove of meditative bliss, it’s up to you to choose your own emotional path to decor nirvana with this trend that welcomes all the feels.