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Designer outdoor cushions | water resistant, soft and durable | Luxe outdoor candles and summer scarves | Perth, Australia

My Moteef Blog

MyMoteef - A blog inspired by the philosophy 'Go bold. Be real. Stay curious' - By Australian graphic designer and creator of Moteef, Terri Ioannou.

Decorate for mood

Terri Ioannou

As a graphic designer, I was taught to select colours based on their implied meaning, rather than my personal taste. We can translate this concept into interior design and use colour with intention to support the social interactions that happen in our homes.

For example, my indoor decor is black, grey, mustard and timber because that's what we wanted at the time but, on my patio - a social space, I do something different. Here's a peep at the cushions I have in my outdoor space....

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Here, I decorate with intention: The green provides a visual link to my garden - a good choice if you are a person who is rejuvenated by nature and animals. The red injects the energy - it's known to encourage lively conversation. (Red can be very polarising so tread carefully with that one). There's a dab of blue for calm (*sigh). Notice the neutral seating colour - chosen so that I can change up the accessories and colour theme when I want without having to buy new furniture. 

You probably already decorate for mood subconsciously. Many people select ocean colours because they imbue calm or maybe you like brighter colours. Orange is a great choice for outdoor entertaining because it's used to spark appetite and engaging conversation. Clearly you're not going towards colours you don't like but within colour families you should consider what's going on -  turquoise will be more encouraging of lively creative thought and conversation than navy for example.

I have put together some bundles of my prints to help my customers select complementary cushions that, beyond aesthetics, encourage a relaxation with a spark of energy - perfect for an outdoor entertaining space. Pinks are said to be harmonising, blues encourage trust and calm, reds are stimulating and encourage lively conversation and yellows bring good cheer.

Feel free to click on the bundle pics if you want to know more.

>> Do you ever decorate for mood? 

Go bold. Be real. Stay curious.