Playful Interiors: 12 Cheery Rooms Full of Ideas to Borrow

Playful Interiors: 12 Cheery Rooms Full of Ideas to Borrow

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Adrienne Breaux
Oct 4, 2014
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Looking to lighten the mood in your home? You need only take some notes from these twelve rooms bursting with cheer — and having fun with design. From bright colors, to playful art, to textures and patterns, these spaces are wall-to-wall fun, and full of inspiration to steal for your own home. With cooler temperatures on the way for many of us, it might be smart to start considering how to make your home as cheery as it can be!

Pictured above: Color-blocked style
This color-blocked kitchen shows how happy color can make you, even (perhaps especially) when paired with a whole lot of fresh, clean white. Spotted House and Home.

(Image credit: Pablo Zamora for Architectural Digest Spain)

70s shag style
It's not just the swirling, bold and warm-toned rug with the 70s shag feel, it's the combination of black and graphic furniture and fun color details, like the art that goes over the frame in the wall collage. Spotted on Architectural Digest Spain.

(Image credit: Joshua McHugh via Architectural Digest)

Low and funky decor
Low seating combines with graphic pops of color, universally cheery sunflowers and energetic patterns in this living room. Via Architectural Digest.

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Bold colors where it counts
Well it doesn't get much cheerier than this perfect turquoise brightening up this entire modern kitchen. The warm red accent colors are energizing next to the cool blue and make the whole space feel dynamic. Seen on House and Garden.

(Image credit: Dwell)

Mad for mobiles
Kid-sized furniture, plenty of toys, animal prints and hand-crafted mobiles hanging from a light fixture ensure that this room doesn't have a boring spot in it. Via Dwell.

(Image credit: Derek Swalwell for HomeLife)

Layers of color, texture and casual art
Where to start?! The bold rainbow chevron pattern in a highly textured rug bounces off of the other fabric textures in the cozy space. And the architectural column covered in photos or postcards is unexpected and casual. Seen on HomeLife.

(Image credit: Johan Rosenmunthe via Boligliv)

Light pastels playing in one space
It's the mix of colors playing off of each other in this calming space that also invigorates, like the pale pink walls, yellow stools, green side table and all the colors in the art and the rug. Seen on Boligliv.

(Image credit: Chris Patey for Domaine Home)

Angles and drama
There are a lot of dynamic shapes that reach out in this living room— from the rough texture on the lamp, to the star-burst statuette, to even the angles in the wire-frame side table. From Domaine Home.

(Image credit: Apryl Ann via Design*Sponge)

In the details
Another room bravely mixing textures and patterns to create a very cheery, fun space. We especially love the fringe elements on the throw pillows — also the cat! Via Design*Sponge.

(Image credit: Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson)

Light colors and an eclectic mix
There's a lot to love in this bedroom vignette. The bold and surprising pillow pattern, the pale and calming light blue that's also very refreshing, and the eclectic mix of styles in a small space. All leave you feeling great! Spotted on Emily Henderson.

(Image credit: Lisa Cohen for Living Inside via Boligliv)

Rainbow rugs and art
A rainbow of colors in geometric form ground this light-filled living room, while playful and colorful art and interesting lighting give the eyes plenty of things to enjoy. Grabbed from Living Inside via Boligliv.

(Image credit: Laure Joliet for Emily Henderson via Casa Sugar)

Not-so-serious accessories
A lounge-y chair with an ottoman, a giant planter with a face on it — and is that a pinata back there? Tons of a elements in this room would make anyone smile, a vital component to a cheery room! Shot by Laure Joliet for Emily Henderson via Casa Sugar.

Does a room in your home cheer you up? Make you smile? Share in the comments below what elements add to that cheery feel!

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