Moody Spring Color Palettes Designers Love Right Now

Spring is known as a time for renewal and provides us with an opportunity to refresh our homes. There are many helpful guides to spruce up your space in time to kick back and relax during the warmer months. But here at Modsy, we think that in addition to creating a tidy and chill vibe at home, spring is also the perfect time to experiment with new home decor trends and color palettes.

Think about it—you’re probably already planning to deep clean and maybe even add some new spring decor to your space. So why not experiment with a new color palette too? Adding a fresh coat of paint can be a fun and low-lift spring activity. Plus, with all those colorful spring flowers in bloom, it’s hard not to be inspired to try on some new colors! That said, spring color palettes don’t have to be all neutrals and pastels. In fact, there are much moodier color palettes and design options out there—like dark academia—that are super on-trend and reflect some of the richer, deeper, and edgier aspects of spring. Plus, these moodier hues will transition perfectly into fall and winter, so you won’t have to redecorate your home in three to six months.

What Are Moody Colors?

When you hear the words “moody color palette,” it might seem a tad intimidating because, well, when you think of “moody” as a descriptor, it’s often about an angst-ridden teenager, not a relaxing and cozy space to call home. However, moody color palettes can be just as welcoming as any airy or neutral space. They just add a slightly more romantic ambiance to a room.

Some quick examples of moody colors would be:

  • dusty hues, like deep rose-pink
  • dark colors like navy, charcoal, or aubergine (that’s the fancy British way of saying “eggplant”)
  • Emerald greens and other jewel tones

These colors are rich in pigment, creating a calming quality when used correctly in a room.

How Do You Select a Moody Color Palette?

Of course, selecting the right moody color palette for your space depends on your particular tastes. However, you can follow some general design rules to help you pick one that works beautifully. We suggest following these two steps to ensure that your moody spring color palette is design perfection!

  1. Set the mood. Want to decide which color palette will work best for you? Start by determining the overall vibe you want in your space. For example, if you want something more serene, use colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel (known as analog colors), like blue and green. Want something more dramatic? Try pairing complementary color combinations —colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel—to create visual drama.
  2. Balance light and dark tones. Just because you want a moody color palette doesn’t mean every color in the room has to be super dark and brooding. In fact, pairing darker walls, say a deep blue-gray, with lighter or more saturated accents in a complementary color, like a bright cognac-orange leather armchair, will make the room feel cheery and dynamic.

Want more guidance selecting a color palette? Read our comprehensive guide.

What are the most attractive moody color palettes?

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Ok, so we’ve explained what moody colors are and why they’re an exciting spring trend and even laid out some basics on creating your own perfectly moody palette. But you’re probably wondering which moody color combinations our designers and customers love right now. So, without further ado, we present a selection of designer-curated and customer-approved moody spring color palettes that are not only inviting but glamorous, fun, and even downright cozy.


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April Showers Bring May Flowers — Stormy Navy Blue and Earthy Camel

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Who doesn’t love the classic combo of navy blue and light neutrals? Most often used in coastal spaces with the darker color functioning as the accent, this color combination is super versatile and can pair well with any interior design style. In this transitional style home office, navy walls paired with a pale beige fireplace, coffee table, and chairs create a moody ambiance that recalls a spring rain storm’s tranquility (and drama).

Midnight Sun—Dark Black and Pops of Gold

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Another moody twist on a classic color combination is the black walls and gold accents in this bedroom. This pairing can feel glam and sophisticated when used correctly. But to ensure it feels moody and springy, incorporate pops of white and natural elements, like a jute rug or pale exposed wood finishes. Doing this will balance the moodier aspects of the space with some sunny spring vibes.

70’s Sunset—Deep Yellow and Blush

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Yellow is a typical spring color, but the deep golden hue of the walls in this dining room adds a moody depth to the space. And that moodiness is taken one step further by paring the deep yellow with pops of blush pink. Together these colors recall a relaxing sunset that also feels boho cool with all the natural wood finishes in this space.

Potted Plant—Rich Earthy Brown and Vibrant Green

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Is any activity more quintessentially spring than gardening? We don’t think so. And nothing recalls the garden more than the colors of the earth and plants. That’s why we love this combo that brings together rich earthy browns and vibrant green for a moody but rustic and comforting look.

Earth Strata—White with Light and Dark Neutrals

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Speaking of earthy colors, check out this dining room filled with various neutrals that recall soil layers (or strata). The layering of light and dark neutrals adds depth to the design and feels elevated, while pops of white add a springy—but understated—cheeriness to the space.

Nocturnal Bouquet—Emerald Green and Pastels

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We love a good green color scheme and are always enchanted by the luxe quality of emerald green walls, especially when paired with classically springy pastels. The combination is excellent for bedrooms where the darker walls and hits of pale yellow and pink can create something that feels alluring and pampering, like a beautiful spring bouquet.

Rosé All Day—Layers of Deep Dusty Pink

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Like our favorite bottle of rosé, we could never tire of a layered pink color scheme. In this space, the dusty rose monochromatic walls feel trendy and edgy but also earthy and warm. Just like we do after a glass or two with the girls!

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8 Ways To Spruce Up Your Home For Spring

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It’s that time of year again! With spring in full spring, it’s time to spruce up your spaces at home for warmer weather and longer days ahead. No matter the size or style of your home—be it a large family house or a compact city apartment—here’s our checklist of easy (and essential!) spring decor updates and home refresh ideas to welcome the new season.

spring decor1. Do a deep spring clean

Your home deserves a deep clean, especially after the winter hibernation months. Trust us when we say you’ll feel 100% refreshed and accomplished if you tackle this list.

Wipe down baseboards

Wash all pillow covers (in the living room and bedroom)

Vacuum and rotating out rugs (roll-up winter ones to stow them away)

Dust off table surfaces and bookshelves

Clear things out of storage cabinets, your pantry, and the fridge (no excuses!)

spring decor2. Retire winter clutter

It doesn’t matter the size of your home, utilize all the spare space you can find to organize and put away winter accessories.

Stash away winter clothing you won’t need until later in the year.

Wash comforters, heavy blankets, and throws, and store them in airtight bins.

Put any big bulky storage, like space heaters and humidifiers, in the garage or in storage.

Make the most of under-bed storage organizers.

Corral things into woven baskets that can easily be stacked or tucked into corners.

spring decor3. Opt for lighter textures

Think natural textures and airier materials here that nod to the outdoors and soon-to-arrive summer days.

Seagrass, jute, linen, rattan, cane… these textures feel at home in warmer weather, so layer rugs made of these materials into your spaces with abandon!

Work in basketweave textures also to further play up the appeal of natural textures.

Try also adding in light woods and driftwood pieces to play up a summery beach house vibe, sure to bring in a hint of laid-back style.

spring decor4. Swap in new throw pillows

This is the easiest way to change up your look with more color and a fresh appeal that ushers a spring vibe into your rooms.

Replace cozy winter pillow covers with lighter, breezier ones made of linen and cotton.

Instead of faux fur pillows and knitted ones, try more solid colors and geometrics, which will add lots of instant spring energy.

Work in seasonal colors, such as greens, blues, pinks, and purples, which are sure to usher in major spring vibes.

spring decor5. Bring in breezier textiles

After you’ve changed up your pillow selection, do the same with your other textiles, which will further brighten and open up your rooms.

Swap in linen and cotton blankets and pack away chunky knits or fur throws.

Hang lighter curtains, like breezy linen and sheers, in lieu of heavy velvets.

Switch up your rugs in rooms from high-pile options to natural-fibers or flatweaves, which will bring a burst of color and texture as well as feel more in line with the warmer weather.

spring decor6. Play with color and patterns

Be sure to keep an eye out for fun and whimsical patterns that pay homage to spring. These are small updates that are sure to enliven your spaces.

Think stripes vibrant colors, pretty florals, chevron zigzags, and even elaborate animal motifs, all of which will add punch and intrigue.

If spring colors aren’t your thing, add energy and bring a room to life with a classic palette of crisp whites, black tones, and sharp blues.

spring decor7. Invite greenery indoors

It’s not a spring home refresh until you add some greenery and blooms in your home, naturally.

If you’re not a plant person, something simple can do the trick. Just add a potted succulent or two.

Or simply arrange a bouquet of spring blooms in a glass vase or unique vessel.

Don’t have a green thumb at all? Put a few stems of flowers in bud vases and arrange them however you want on a table or bookshelf.

spring decor8. Introduce fresh scents

Whether it’s fragrant blooms or a pristine scent of clean linens and plants, giving your rooms a scent update will set a bright mood and tone in your spaces.

Try out a new scented candle in the entry, your kitchen, or bathroom. We love placing one in a high-traffic area to bring in an uplifting mood.

For a stronger scent accessory update, you can go with something floral or a diffuser with essential oils that you can adjust to your liking.



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Spring Refresh Checklist: 17 Easy Home Updates

spring refreshSpring is finally here! Ring in the new season at home by getting your spaces into warm-weather shape with a seasonal spring refresh.

To help you give your rooms a thorough spring refresh, we’ve compiled this checklist to help (and inspire) you to ready your spaces for the season. From decluttering common areas to adding new colorful pillows and art to rethinking furniture and layouts, consider this your comprehensive guide for preparing your home for spring.

spring refresh5 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips to Start

They don’t call it “spring cleaning” for nothing. Almost like a second chance at the new year, the start of spring is a great time to re-motivate yourself with small tasks to whip your home into shape. Here are the most-essential cleaning tips for a spring refresh.

1. Clear Out Clutter

It’s time to toss out those piles of mail, papers, and takeout menus in high-traffic areas, like your entry, kitchen, or family room. This will free up space in ways that might surprise you. Need some clever storage ideas? Check out these tips.

2. Organize Your Pantry

An easily forgotten space in the home, you might find some things in there that need to get chucked. Take time to give this spot a thorough sweep.

3. Put Away Winter Essentials

Wash your big blankets, comforters and quilts, and get your chunky sweaters and winter coats dry cleaned. Then stash them all away until it’s bundle-up season again. While you’re at it, consider editing your closet! No need to go full-on Marie Kondo-style (you can if you want to), but commit to donating at least a few trash bags worth of clothing for a fresh start.

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4. Restyle Your Surfaces

Swap in new decor, accents, and books for your coffee table, console, and shelves to give them an eye-catching but low-touch spring refresh.

5. Refresh Your Bathroom

Sounds simple enough, but switching out the shower curtain, adding some small plants and a scented candle, and swapping in new light bulbs can do wonders to open up this often neglected space. Not to mention, spring is the best excuse for giving your bath a good deep scrub.

spring refresh5 Small Decor Updates to Ring in Spring

If you’re getting sick of your hygge-inspired living room, a few simple decor updates are the perfect way to make a big impact with minimal effort (and cash). Give your space an easy spring refresh with these 5 easy-to-tackle decor updates.

1. Bring in Greenery

There’s no better way to welcome spring than with leafy plants and pretty flowers. A few well-placed plants can help liven up empty corners and brighten surfaces. Need some inspo? Check out these easy ways to decorate with greenery.

2. Brighten Your Walls

Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint or some new art on the walls to bring new perspective to your rooms. Try rethinking the traditional gallery wall or adding some oversized art for an easy spring refresh.

3. Swap in New Pillows

It’s the easiest way to give your living room and bedroom a fresh boost of color and pattern. This spring refresh is also super affordable. Also check out these spring refresh ideas that cost less than $100!

4. Add a Natural Fiber Rug

Roll up those heavy wool rugs and lay down a natural-fiber rug instead to open up your rooms and usher in a relaxed vibe. Not to mention, these rugs are super durable and are perfect for busy spaces. Find the best one (there’s lots to consider!) for your home with our natural-fiber rug guide—and make sure you’re getting the right size rug!

5. Hang Some Mirrors

One way to spread more light around your rooms is to make space for mirrors. Any piece with reflective a surface will help bounce light around your room and make it feel open and airy! To open up your living room, try a large mirror above your sofa.

spring refresh5 Stylish Furniture Upgrades Perfect for Spring

Turn your spring refresh into an overhaul by swapping out larger pieces of furniture. If you’ve been looking to finally upgrade your sofa, or tackle that new year’s resolution (better late than never!), look to spring as the perfect time to make it happen.

1. Go For That New Sofa

If you’ve been sitting on the idea of a new sofa, spring is the perfect time to pull the trigger. Read our buying guide if you need help deciding whether you should skimp or splurge on one, and make sure you check out these key tips for shopping for a sofa online.

2. Get a New Coffee Table

If you’re looking for a smaller way to make a spring refresh, a new coffee table can be a great place to start. The centerpiece of any living room, a new coffee table can give your space a completely new look for a fraction of the price of a new sofa. And there are so many stylish options you can choose from. Here’s how to find a coffee table that’s right for your space.

3. Consider a New TV Stand

This is the focal point in many living rooms, so don’t let the need for function force you to sacrifice style. There are actually a lot of cool TV stand choices out there now, and spring is the perfect time to switch it up. But the key is finding a TV stand that’s the right size for your space—so we broke it all down for you in this guide.

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4. Look for a New Bed

Most of us tend to buy a bed and then stick with it for much longer than we ought to. Spring is the opportune time to change up your snooze spot with a new bed. And there are lots of affordable styles out there. Check out our bed frames buying guide to learn the pros and cons of the most popular types.

5. Replace Your Nightstand

Not ready to pull in a big-ticket item like a new bed? Give your bedroom a mini update with major style with a new nightstand that’s just right. Remember these tips for finding the right size bedside table. or check out these ideas for nightstand alternatives.

spring refreshBudget-Friendly Layout Ideas For Spring

Sometimes the best way to make a space feel new is with a simple layout change. Don’t want to spend your weekend pushing furniture around your room? Save your floors and your lower back and try out some new layouts virtually with Modsy. Already have a Modsy studio? Try playing with our Editor or ring the Assistance Bell in your studio for help from one of our Modsy stylists.

Rearrange Your Living Room

It might just be time to start fresh in your living room. You can opt for a new sofa or sectional, make way for some new chairs, replace the rug, or just work with what you already have. Get some inspo from our living room layout tips. Then, also check out ways to round out your newly arranged living room.

Redo Your Bedroom

If you’re not looking to add new bedroom furniture, a new layout can make for a great spring refresh. Get inspired with some new ways to arrange your bedroom with these layout ideas. Or if you’re looking for a new layout without shuffling too much furniture, check out these stylish tips for bringing in seating that can dramatically change how your bedroom looks and feels.


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