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Mood-boosting interiors buys for under €20 to get you through dreary February


by Megan Burns
12th Feb 2021
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House of McCarthy

Give your home (and your mood) a little lift with these accessories that are bound to put a smile on your face.

I would make the case that February is the worst month of the year, even during normal times. Yes, January is also dark and cold, but at least you’ve probably got some leftover Christmas chocolate lying around.

Throw in a pandemic and there’s not a whole lot to get excited about at the moment. There’s something to be said, however, for the power of changing up your environment a little when everything feels dreary. 

Whether that’s a new cushion to snuggle up with in the evenings, a cheery mug for your WFH coffee breaks, or a print that makes you smile, a mood-boosting addition doesn’t have to be a huge splurge, either. Here are some ideas under €20.

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Nature-inspired

For many of us, getting out for a walk is a daily highlight, and it’s been proven that being in nature calms and restores us. You can bring a touch of this feeling into your home with a green houseplant, by popping some dried flowers in a vase to add permanent prettiness, or lighting a candle to add a meadow-fresh scent.

Colour rush 

Habitat

If you want to brighten up your home, adding a hit of colour is a guaranteed way to do so. Yellows and oranges in particular have been proven to boost our mood. Try and go for an item that will be on display, or one that you’ll use daily to really get the benefit of your bold buy.

Touch of fun

April and the Bear

Whether it’s photos of friends, a playful print or an object with a touch of whimsy, all the best homes have little flashes of personality here and there that really make them come alive. Anything that you know will boost your mood when you see it will fit the bill.

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