“Creativity is straddling the tension, leaning into the discomfort, and finding your way through the dark.” – Brene Brown
When the world outside is getting you down, home is often the one place you can be yourself. That’s the wonderful thing about having a place to call ‘home’. Whether you own or rent, you have the freedom to create a world you love to live in.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or transform your living area into a citrus sensation!
Here, we offer some living room ideas that will help you find your way out of the dark; help you get out of that funk.
Be eclectic: Mix and match like your life depends on it
If you want to get out of a funk, perhaps it’s time to step outside your comfort zone. Being eclectic doesn’t mean buying absolutely everything from the local op shop or carting out everything from storage. It’s about choosing and buying a few select pieces that you’d like to display and letting them tell the story.
1. Explore dot paintings
2. Create some eye candy
Shout it out: Embrace bold colours
While the psychology of colour is a fascinating subject, the trick is simply choosing daring colours that still make you happy and running with those. But run with it big time. Think bold. Think bright. Paint your mood a different colour from what it’s used to. To shift your state of mind, shock it a bit.
3. Be bold, fearless and modern
4. Spread flower power
Awaken your soul with some citrus zing
Give yourself a reason to wake up in the morning. If the outdoor world is getting you down, bring some greenery inside. Make it fresh! Citrus is soul food.
5. Splice up your life
6. Get into the lime light
By Jonny Valiant.
Be a cool cat: Go monochrome all the way
Already a bit hyper? Need to calm down a bit? Monochrome interior decoration and artwork will calm your senses without dulling them.
7. Calm your spirit
8. Appropriate different shades of grey
Get your vintage on: Take inspiration from yesteryear
If you’re not coping with your city’s noisy, busy concrete jungle, shun the modern world and invite a piece of yesteryear into your living space. Think vintage, romance, femininity, French chic…
9. Enjoy a French twist
10. Try shabby chic
By Lulu Tapp.
Yeah baby: Jump on the retro trend
Lost the fun? Bring it back with the love and spunk of the 60s and 70s. Inspire love of self, Austin Powers style, and you will find good times again.
11. Oh, be-have.
12. Put the ‘grrrr’ in swinger baby yeah!
Spark romance: Ignite a little fire
Sick of being single? Or your relationship has lost its spark? Don’t shrug off the importance art plays in inspiring passion.
13. Get the heat on
14. Bring back old romantic
By Shabby Fufu.
Create a sanctuary to inspire well-being
Be your own Zen master at home by creating a living space that inspires meditation, spiritual reflection and quiet times without it being a boring chore.
15. Find the calm
16. Get a piece of peace
From Interior Designipedia.
Scratch those itchy feet: Celebrate multiculturalism
Love to travel? Love mixing with people from all walks of life? Lift your spirits by creating a home environment that celebrates love, acceptance, people and places.
17. Discover the best of Islam
18. Mix in Morocco
By Justina Blakeney.
Get funky with the ultimate contemporary space
Say goodbye to funk and hello to funky. Declutter your mind by decluttering your space. Got a bit of spare cash? Do something daring with it – buy a new piece of art, a gas fire, an indoor slide. The options are endless.
19. Deliver dynamism
20. Make friends with metal
Be brave: Let your personality shine
It’s OK to be different. Own it. Lean into the discomfort and give your conservative friends something to really talk about. Here are a few ideas that will get your creative juices flowing.
21. Party on
22. Don’t look back
Ready for a change? Start your creative journey now with a new piece of art.