Creating atmosphere in a room is the goal of all good interior design. It sets the mood and tone of an area while being responsible for the overall feel of a room. Give your living space some personality and atmosphere by making it comfortable and inviting for your guests. Designing the interior of your home is a great way to add that personal touch. Not only is it rewarding, but it will give your living space character and make it unique.

One of the first things you should ask yourself before you start this process is, “what type of  atmosphere do I want to achieve for this space?” Are you looking for a cozy warm ambience to relax and socialize in? Maybe a calm and bright room for clarity and productivity. Whatever you decide, there are four important areas to think about when creating atmosphere for a room; color, lighting, furniture and focal point.

Earthy retro ambiance living room


Picking the right colors is crucial as it sets the overall mood of the room and has a big effect on the overall feel. Use colors that match how you want to feel in each room. For instance, living rooms, where people want to relax, should be decorated using warmer earth tones that give a feeling of calmness. On the opposite end, kitchens and bathrooms that are more busy are usually associated with brighter more lively colors.

modern living space with red accent

Warm blue living room with pool table

Modern condo with orange accentsLighting

Good lighting is also important in reinforcing the atmosphere of a room. The goal is to create the room’s mood without compromising its practical needs. It’s common for living rooms to depend on overhead lighting. Lower lights such as wall lights and smaller lamps can be used together to allow you more control of the mood.

Cozy mood in a luxury cabin City cono with retro vibes

Modern rustic living room with atmosphereFurniture

Furniture in a room is not only for decoration, but also used for practical reasons. It dictates what the function of the room is. A room trying to project a relaxed atmosphere should have soft comfortable furniture. A room meant for working should be more focused on workspace and practicality. When choosing the color of your furniture, use the same color guidelines above and try matching fabric textures that give off the same mood as the colors you are using.

gray hardwood wall floor

warm cozy sitting area

Focal Point

When designing a room, the idea of a focal point is crucial. The main focal point helps define the function and atmosphere of the space. For example the seating arrangement in the living room, or the table in the dining room. This main focal point should be concentrated on, while the rest of the room acts to compliment it. Identify or create a focal point in the room that matches the atmosphere that you want, and design the rest of the room around it.

simple atmosphere

modern open feel design with nature

Cozy condo at night by the fireplace

Many people make the mistake of designing a room and only thinking of the individual parts instead of looking at the space as a whole. This often leads to spaces that are uncomfortable and feel unnatural. Remember that all parts of the room can add to the atmosphere, so be sure to see the big picture.  Make these parts work together in harmony and all portray the same atmosphere you want to achieve.