This Judy Garland-Approved Trend Will Add a Little Happy to Your Home

updated Mar 20, 2020
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Rainbows never really fall out of favor as a decorative motif. And why would they? They’re colorful, fun, and introduce soft curves to a design world that’s often full of hard lines. But lately, I’ve noticed a shift from the ROYGBIV rainbows I grew up with: Shades are softer and earthier than before, which makes these pieces feel even more versatile.

If you—or your home—could use a little dose of happy right now as you hunker down, these nine subtle rainbow items are a good place to start. But keep in mind that buying isn’t the only option. There are plenty of rainbow themed DIY projects you could tackle with a little paint to get a look similar to this Melbourne bedroom featured above.

Painterly Rainbows Shower Curtain

I’m not sure which is dreamier—the hand-doodled look of this shower curtain printed with rainbows or its earthy, oatmeal and rust-colored palette. The matching bath mat is pretty cute, too.

Buy: Painterly Rainbows Shower Curtain, $39.00 from Urban Outfitters

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Deny Designs Rainbows Wall Art

An abstract art print is always a welcome addition to a gallery wall. For less than $25, you can’t beat this framed and ready to hang rainbow piece—at 19-inches by 22 inches, it’s pretty much poster sized.

Buy: Deny Designs Rainbows Wall Art, $29.99 $22.00 from Marshalls

Rainbow Doormat

Offer a warm welcome to guests with this rainbow doormat made of coconut fibers. The all-red color scheme makes it feel a little quirky.

Buy: Rainbow Doormat, $48.00 $38.40 from Anthropologie 

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Escolourful Rainbow Woven Wall Decor

If you’re looking for a sweet, small addition to a bedroom door or to fill a little blank spot on a wall, this woven hanging is for you. It comes in three non-ROYGBIV colorways, so you can pick whichever matches your decor best.

Buy: Escolourful Rainbow Woven Wall Decor, $12.59 at Amazon 

Ceramic Rainbow Lamp

With its pastel pink, blue, and yellow bands of color, this ceramic rainbow lamp will add a soft glow to a desk or side table. It comes with a more modern, rectangular linen shade, which adds a sophisticated touch to the style.

Buy: Ceramic Rainbow Lamp, $149 $111 from Pottery Barn Kids


Rainbow Object

If your shelf or table vignette is missing something but you can’t quite put your finger on it, maybe this rainbow decorative object is the answer. The palette is very retro California cool, and you can arrange its four pieces anyway you like. It’d make a super cute bookend.

Buy: Capra Designs Rainbow Object, $89 from

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Follow The Rainbow Wall Rug

I love the way the fringe detailing of this cotton and wool wall hanging works with its rainbow design. Sure, it’s made for kids, but the chalky color palette makes it feel especially sophisticated. It’d be a fun way to fill the space over a headboard.

Buy: Oyoy Follow The Rainbow Wall Rug, $159 from Maisonette

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Rainbow Cushion

Painterly brushstroke arches make this decorative pillow feel special. It’d be a great addition on a kid’s bed, nursery glider, or loveseat.

Buy: Rainbow Cushion, $12.99 from H&M Home

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Roxy Rainbow Organic Duvet Cover + Sham

The new Roxy for Pottery Barn Teen collection includes subtle, non-ROYGBIV bed linens made out of organic percale cotton. A set of these shams would be a fun way to perk up all white bedding, or you could go for a little extra happy with the full set. The duvet reverses to an all-over stripe with shades that match the retro rainbow design.

Buy: Roxy Rainbow Organic Duvet Cover + Sham, Starting at $28.50 from Pottery Barn Teen