Easy & Affordable Ways to Add More Visual Joy to Your Home

published Feb 16, 2016
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How much joy does your home bring you? Do you have a lot of design moments that make you smile? Do the rooms in your home showcase things that make you happy? Filling your home with visual joy doesn’t need to be a complicated task; we spotted seven easy (and affordable) ways to celebrate happiness using your home in one of our recent tours.

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Create a colorful, bold corner that makes you smile

(Pictured above) Pick a corner, any corner! Can be a guest room that you don’t go into every day. Can be a cramped bathroom. The laundry room. A corner your living or dining room. Even if the rest of your home features muted colors that fits your style, there’s no denying that color can have a huge effect on your mood. So choose a color (or many colors!) that represent a mood-altering happiness to you and add them to a corner or small spot in your home. This can be a place you retreat to when you feel like you need a pick-me-up.

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Include unexpected pops of pattern

Again, even if your personal style isn’t bold walls full of pattern, you can still include smile-inducing pattern in your every day life. The kitchen above features a few small swatches of the favorite wallpaper see in the guest room above. Put in a small spot, it doesn’t detract from the rest of the room’s design but can bring a bit of joy while you’re doing the dishes.

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Show a little hometown (or city, or landscape) pride

Whether you’re living in your home town or across the ocean, there’s probably some land, country or people you feel a connection to. By celebrating with colors or design elements that remind you of where you grew up (doesn’t have to be a flag or something similar, consider landscape photography and nature paintings if you feel a stronger connection with a natural setting more than a city or state), you’re infusing your home with pride of place and weaving in memory makers in your decor.

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Use your “special” stuff any way you want

Something that really struck me in Shauna & John’s Post Punk Eclectic English Home and Artist’s Studio is the fact that Shauna uses a collection of Cornish blue pottery — as art supply holders! Not up in a cabinet waiting to be used on a special occasion, or even just on a kitchen shelf for occasional use. I love that idea. It’s pretty joyful to use stuff (even “special” stuff!) for elevating every day tasks.

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Decorate with things that brought you joy when you were a kid

Many of us found joy a lot easier to get in touch when we were younger — an entertaining cartoon, favorite toy or funny comic book issue could also spark joy in us as kids. Why not incorporate some of your favorite things as a kid into your home decor now? Whether actual elements from your childhood or new purchases that remind you of your childhood joy.

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Look for unexpected moments of humor

I’m not sure why this little hanging lady in the bathroom — at an odd hanging location — makes me laugh so much, but it does. Whatever makes you laugh —big or small, corny or naughty — find little spots to display. It’ll bring unexpected laughs and joy in your home!

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Celebrate your gratitude visually

“50 reasons to be cheerful” is a series of paintings that Shauna created during her 50th year and then made a collage of the images as a visual reminder of all that she has to be grateful for. What could be more joyful than that?