There are a variety of finishes and touches you can change to create a whole new mood in your space. Not only will a new paint color change the feel, but also different pieces of furniture, patterns, textures, and lighting can be altered to create a whole new atmosphere.
For instance, if you want a beachy feel to a room, take your color and texture cues from the beach. Choose a color palette that includes a sandy or driftwood colors, white like the clouds, grey or blue from the sky, and touches of green or aqua for the sea. For the most part stick to calming colors, but if you want some added interest you can also throw in some bright colors as well such as those found in swimsuits. Natural textures such a wood, wicker, and rattan work especially well here.
To keep a room feeling open and spacious, use lighter colors on the walls, perhaps a light blue or grey on the ceiling, lots of natural light, and furniture that has legs to keep the room from feeling weighed down. You will need something to anchor the room and provide a focal point.
To make a room feel more intimate, make the walls darker as well as the ceiling. Use darker colored accessories and dark furniture stains. With all of this darkness, you will need to have adequate lighting which is the final touch to creating the proper mood anyway. A simple chandelier over the table of the dining room will not be enough. You will want a little light in the various other parts of the room. Using softer lighting at eye level when seated is important. Plan to have candles (or a fireplace) for a natural evening glow will be the final touch to make the room feel it’s coziest.
Textures add interest to any room making it possible to repeat a color many times but due to different textures. Each one will be a stop for the eye to gaze at while the continuity of color compels the eye to look further. Perhaps you’ve seen an all white room. It actually looks like varying shades of white and light colors due to varying textures.
Patterns can be mixed to create interest as textures do, though one can go overboard. To use patterns successfully, choose a predominant pattern that you love and find fabrics that use those same colors or a coordinating one from the color wheel. Try a small print with a larger one. A third could be a geometric like a plaid. Add in a couple of solid colors and you have a five pattern/texture palette to spread throughout the room.
Some furniture has a heavier look or feel while others look light and airy. Examples of heavier furniture would be pieces that have no legs or do not show them, as in a sofa with a skirt on it to hide the legs. Lighter pieces are those that have long legs, glass tops, or lighter colors/stains.
The idea is to think about the feeling you wish to create, then find the colors, patterns, textures, furniture and lighting that will enhance this particular mood.