Emotion and color are inextricably linked in some very interesting ways. This quote from verywellmind.com explains the phenomenon very concisely, “While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning… colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility…but can also call to mind feelings of (calm,) sadness, or indifference.” Explore your reactions to colors on a color wheel to let your color choices guide your design endeavors.
The right lighting can elevate the mood of a space by illuminating the dark corners, showcasing the design elements that give your joy and bringing all your design into sharp focus. Window treatments will be critical in the management of natural light, but consider ambient lighting from floor lamps, table lamps, and ceiling fixtures as well.
Comfort and textiles are critical to consider when implementing your room design. The difference between a livable space and an austere room is in deliberate details like textures and textiles. That goes for more than just relaxing areas to lounge in, it means wall and window treatments, surfaces and floors.