Surviving Mercury in Retrograde – The Best Decor for Your Zodiac Sign

Mercury in retrograde decorAnother day, another Mercury retrograde. Ruler of the mind and communication, Mercury is heading into retrograde for the first time in 2019 (one almost down, two more to go) and will be back to its usual orbit in late March! Even if you don’t believe in this astrological phenomenon, it’s still nice to have something else to blame for your problems. Or is that just us?

When this happens, life may seem a little extra chaotic, communications go awry, and technology seems to rebel against us. Not the best time to make any big decisions, instead, the best way to survive this retrograde is taking time to focus on ourselves.

To help you sail through this retrograde in style (and with your sanity) we rounded up our best tips for creating a calming space at home for each sign. So read on to learn how to prep your space for Mercury’s departure!

Mercury in retrograde decorAries

Natural leaders, this fire sign has an affinity for blazing new trails and speaking their minds. When designing their homes, Arians should pass on what’s trending right now and embrace what speaks to them (and will likely be the next big thing in a few month’s time).

Tips to create calm

With communication in flux, this is likely not the best time to confront your S.O. or roommate about their poor taste in decor. Instead, try taking on a meaningful project in your home like decluttering a forgotten room or redecorating a personal space.


Keep your cool and cozy this month with flameless candles, such as these from West Elm.

Color palette

Deep shades of red, like maroon and burgundy.

Mercury in retrograde decorTaurus

Lovers of all things luxurious, Taureans are one of the most likely signs to have a beautiful home, designed to enchant the senses. In this time of unstable communications, it’s important for our Taurus friends to have a stable place to retreat and recharge at the end of the day.

Tips to create calm

Use this month to invest in creating a space that promotes self-care, Taurus (not that you need us to tell you that). Invest in a new piece of furniture that satisfies your craving for comfort. Introducing a sense of stability into your life this month will help you feel grounded amidst the chaos.


A set of ultra-plush sheets or super cozy throw blanket.

Color Palette

Nothing says “luxury” like deep jewel tones.

Mercury in retrograde decorGemini

Ever the intellectuals, Gemini gals and guys have a knack for good conversation and love to engage in witty banter. If you decide to host this month, don’t let any technology snafus get in the way of your good time. Instead, skip the bluetooth speaker and go analog. It’s the perfect time to dust off your old record player and dig up your favorite board game!

Tips to create calm

Introduce new a new colorful rug to your space. As someone who despises routine, this will make your home feel fresh and fun!


Vibrant teal Loloi rug, available through Modsy.

Color Palette

High-contrast black and white with pops of vibrant colors.

Mercury in retrograde decorCancer

Cancers are total homebodies and need a space that exudes comfort. With lines of communication going haywire, take extra care of your sensitive soul, Cancer. Make this the month you set aside a little extra time for some self-care. Long baths, home-cooked meals, and cozy decorative touches are all great places to start!

Tips to create calm

Take this time to frame and hang or arrange photos of your family and friends throughout your home.


A gallery set such as these from Crate & Barrel can be used together or separately throughout the house.

Color Palette

Neutrals galore with pops of blue.

Mercury in retrograde decorLeo

Leo’s have a natural inclination towards performance, drama, and flair. They thrive in places that reflect their unique, personal style and should create homes that are as bold as them.

Tips to create calm

Leos will find calm in knowing their space is Instagram-ready at any moment. Style out a few amazing vignettes with your prized statement pieces and invite your friends over to share in the fun.


This Tibetan Tiger Rug adds a fierce statement to any Leo’s home.

Color palette

Saturated golds, cognacs, and animal prints.

Mercury in retrograde decorVirgo

Gentle and analytical, Virgos thrive in organized, clean spaces. Always the helper, if you need an expert hand KonMarie-ing your space, your Virgo friend is the one you want to call. Just be sure to say thanks, as Virgos (like all of us) love feeling appreciated.

Tips to create calm

Create a Virgo-approved, clean and minimal space by investing in an enclosed storage piece where everything can be put away in its proper place. Bonus points for organizing everything inside into individual containers with color-coded labels!


This versatile cabinet from CB2 can be used as a bar or as entry storage. With a neutral wash, the piece feels fresh and clean, just how Virgo likes it!

Color Palette

Serene grayscale.

Mercury in retrograde decorLibra

Social and bubbly, everyone loves being around a Libra! Libras crave balance and equality, and often design the most aesthetically-pleasing homes. We think this sign would be happiest embracing symmetry and following the traditional rules of interior design to create a home that’s as balanced as they are.

Tips to create calm

In an unstable time, put your gifts of balance to use to help you feel grounded. Consider this retrograde an invitation to revisit your interiors and ignite a sense of balance in your decor scheme.


Add a pair of stable and refined table lamps, such as these from CB2, on each side of your sofa or a buffet to create symmetry and balance.

Color Palette

Greens and grays, as they’re the colors of balance.

Mercury in retrograde decorScorpio

Passionate and stubborn, Scorpios should surround themselves with a darker motif – a place they can brood and feel intense (especially this month). To all our Scorpios, look for pieces that help craft a space of solace and mystery in your home.

Tips to create calm

Striking the right ambience is key for these signs who revel in intensity and passion. Look for pieces that shine the perfect moody and mysterious lighting on your space.


An array of scented candles and plush window drapes will let you easily transform your home into a secluded hideaway.

Color Palette

Deep, highly saturated warm tones, such as rust.

Mercury in retrograde decorSagittarius

Outgoing and energetic, the Sagittarius dweller might prefer a more eclectic and artsy style in their home. A sign drawn to philosophy and meaning, Sagittarians should incorporate pieces that are thoughtful and that challenge expectations into their decor.

Tips to create calm

Add new art to your walls this month to inspire your creative side and fuel your mind’s search for meaning.


A piece such as Watching from Minted will let your mind wander as you build a story for the composition.

Color Palette

Deep forest green paired with a moody blush.

Mercury in retrograde decorCapricorn

Classy Capricorn, this sign is known for its discipline and serious nature. People of this sign may find they need a more traditional home that still reflects their personality. As such, Capricorns are the sign most likely to collect antiques and embrace a more traditional, formal aesthetic in their homes.

Tips to create calm

Don’t make any drastic design changes during this retrograde. Capricorns need a familiar place to return to each day, so save the design overhaul for another time.


Add a simple decorative box, such as this marble one from CB2, to help store any clutter without making drastic changes to the space.

Color Palette

Safe and neutral, off-whites with pops of soothing blue.

Mercury in retrograde decorAquarius

Aquarians are known for their independence, inventiveness, and free-spirited nature. They likely are drawn to more modern and contemporary aesthetics as they enjoy spaces that are as forward-thinking as they are.

Tips to create calm

Aquarians are often great humanitarians, so sharing their homes with other living beings is important. If you don’t have a pet, now’s the time to load up on houseplants.


Plants are living too! Layer in plants with poppy colors, like this one with a purple undertone.

Color Palette

Calming greens with pops of bold, warm, hues.

Mercury in retrograde decorPisces

Affectionate and wise, Pisces need a place they can cuddle and cozy up with close friends, pets, and loved ones. They also love to be alone and need this time to recharge. They should create a space that can entertain but also provide comfort when they’re solo.

Tips to create calm

Invest in new bed linens and pillows to create the ultimate retrograde hideaway.


Splurge on a plushy down insert, such as this one from Pottery Barn.

Color palette

As purple is the color of wisdom, this is a great accent color for Pisces.

You don’t need to read the stars to see how furniture can look in your home!


Bedroom Ideas: 5 Steps to Creating a Calming Bedroom

The bedroom is one space we get many questions about here at Modsy. After all, it’s the most personal room in your home where you start and end your days, so it should be a space that’s not only stylish but one that also inspires rest for you.

And whether you’re in the process of rethinking your bedroom or looking to make some bedroom design updates, there are some key pieces that can help set it apart as the ultimate soothing space.

Here, we break down for you just what these design elements are and our best calming bedroom ideas to help you turn your bedroom into the best room.

calming bedroom ideas1. Establish an Inviting Foundation

The bed is what everything else in the room will revolve around. Rather than going for one that’s conveniently sized or quick to ship, invest in a bed that’s just right for you and will set a cozy tone in your room.

A good starting point: An upholstered bed with light or neutral fabric will instantly give your bedroom a soft, inviting look. If an upholstered bed isn’t your thing, a simple frame or an open base is a great alternative—they tend to take up minimal space and have a way of making your room feeling airy as opposed to cluttered.

Not sure what style to pick? Check out our complete guide to bed frame styles!

calming bedroom ideas2. Create a Personal Spot

In the bedroom, your nightstand is your most personal space. It’s an area where you should let your style shine.

A good starting point: Choose a nightstand or side table that suits your needs. Want extra storage to hold your binge-reading material? Opt for one with drawers. Just want a place to set your alarm clock or a late-night cup of tea? A nightstand with a larger swath of surface area is the way to go. Add a pretty table lamp and hang a favorite photo or painting to make the space feel extra personal—it’s a great way to incorporate elements that soothe your senses.

Peek our complete list of bedroom essentials to complete your calming space.

3. Incorporate Light Wood Tones

Be it your nightstand or a dresser for all your clothes and blankets, lighter woods in the bedroom can keep the space feeling open and spacious.

A good starting point: We love the look of mid-century pieces with their clean lines and tapered legs for bedroom storage (these are also great pieces for small bedroom designs). If you have the space for it, a dresser that’s big enough to hold all your soft goods can also make for a simple and stylish display surface for small personal items. The key is to keep to a neutral and work with a light palette for your furnishings, bedding, and accents.

calming bedroom design4. Fill Your Walls

Admittedly your bedroom walls can be difficult to outfit, especially when you want to maintain a calm atmosphere. But if you leave them empty, your room somehow feels incomplete.

A good starting point: A round mirror is a great option. Placing it above the bed to reflect more light into the room gives the space the illusion of being larger than it is.

Another option is to bring in an open bookshelf in place of a nightstand because it solves two big dilemmas: it can function just like a nightstand but takes up little space and doesn’t feel bulky, and it also extends vertically so it fills the walls but doesn’t overwhelm your room.

Get more bedroom wall decor ideas!

calming bedroom ideas5. Inject a Bit of Color

While a completely white bedroom can feel incredibly cozy, a strategic approach to color can make for a bedroom that’s equally alluring and calming. A little color will also help to break up white walls and white bedding.

A good starting point: Pick a color and stick to shades of it when you’re picking your pillows, rug, accents, and art. This way your space will feel united by one continuous palette, and the color becomes your guide for everything that you decide to add to your room later on. Keeping to one hue will also minimize the visual frenzy, creating a clean overall look and feel.

This design features shades of blue, as this primary hue has a soothing and serene quality. Shades of green with white is another easy color combo to encourage a calming effect. Blue and green are both easy to work with as they recall the outdoors and nature.

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