Aug 02 2019

Feeling Moody? How to: Moody Decor

I’m all about bringing some lightness and brightness into the space, but guys, this moody decor trend is everything. The colors, the coziness, the darkness…. my goodness, everything about this moody trend is AMAZING. And all these moody elements literally make the room look so beautiful – or even hauntingly beautiful if you ask me. While you may think that moody decor brings you hallowenesque vibes, and y’all, Halloween is right around the corner, it doesn’t have to be that way! We all get a little moody sometimes right? So let’s add some of that moodiness into our decor! Today I’m going to give you some tips for the moody transition, and I promise, you’re going to love it.

Natural Light

Source: Double Knot Home

Since moody decor typically calls for darker and deeper colors, we need to use natural light to our advantage. Of course, there are ways to go moody with light-colored accents, but it’s definitely best to start off with a  room that has a lot of windows and natural light so you don’t get too carried away with the darkness and end up feeling like you’re in a dungeon! If you want to beautifully pull this trend off, choosing a space that has the most amount of light, the most windows or even the best overhead lighting is definitely something you need to consider.

COLOR

Source: Design Asylum Blog

Once you choose your room, color is extremely important when creating a moody decor. Darker and deeper colors are where you need to start. And yes guys, black is included! Going with a charcoal or black colored accent wall will definitely be great, but that being said, choosing deeper colors like violet, mauve, burgundy, olive, mustard, and navy, are also amazing choices. Have fun with it. You don’t have to completely paint the walls either. You can choose a predominantly white wallpaper that has tons of pattern and character that incorporates that moody vibe or you can go all in and paint all your walls a darker tone, but add some light with accent decor. Accents in the room like rugs, pillows, curtains, upholsteries and so forth, should be colors that are brighter and bolder than the colors that take up the majority in the room.

PATTERN & TEXTURE

*Photo by Jenny Grimm

Guys, you all know I love some pattern and texture, but I cannot stress enough how amazing the addition of pattern and texture is in completing the look of this moody room. It’s all about making things seem layered, and you can create this look with your pattern and texture choices to bring a very cozy and inviting tone to the room. You cannot go wrong with adding some velvet or leather upholstery to the space because both these materials seem very heavy, but comfortable. Moody in general gives you a very heavy feeling, it’s definitely the opposite of light and airy, so adding materials and textures that make you feel warm, and seem layered and heavy, is the way to go. The use of patterns also play an important role because when you’re working with a monotone palette and darker colors, it’s a great idea to offset some of the intensity with a fun and bright pattern. Your eyes will immediately be drawn to the pattern, thus making the heavy aesthetic, bearable.

FURNITURE

*Photo by Jenny Komenda

Now for one of most fun part guys, furniture is everything when it comes to your moody room. When you’re going moody, you got to go daring when it comes to furniture! The pieces need to be fun and unique, or even quirky if you ask me. Adding furniture with beautiful elements like curvature, velvet upholstered couches, leather ottomans that are circular, chairs with high backrests, eccentric hardware…. anything that seems unique and daring, is where you need to start! Mixing the elements and shapes also will make things seem moodier because it kind of mimics an actual moody emotion. Plus when thinking of furniture and paint, going with glossier dark furniture is definitely a great option. Matte is not out of the question, but the glossier finish adds that little extra emotion to the already very emotional moody vibe.

Wall Decor

Source: Dear Designer

Wallpaper is definitely a great element in making the room moody because there are a lot of patterns that come with it. Floral patterns, geometric patterns…. honestly, anything that’s kind of repetitive and large is perfect for this space. Plus if you’re going dark with the walls, doing a mural wallpaper accent would do wonders! But you can also do a simple element that’s framed, and offset by other shapes and decor!Other things like doing some black colored board and batten decor, would be amazing on the wall! Any type of molding whether it’s around a fireplace, or around the door frame, is also something to think about when going moody. With the molding, going different is the way to go. Pick something a little bit more cathedral looking, victorian or gothic, will literally give you those hauntingly beautiful vibes.

SETTING THE MOOD

If we haven’t already set the mood, your finishing touches should be to add some candles, blankets, and lamps, even some overhead track lighting, with warmer toned lights, to make the space complete. The thing about moody is that although it is an intense and heavy feeling, it’s supposed to be very inviting and comforting. Even while going dark,  your space should still make you feel light and cozy on the inside. Lately, at MegMade, we’ve been painting a bunch of furniture with darker hues and in full-on black, and guys, all these pieces come out so beautiful, that it makes sense why this moody trend has become the new thing.

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