Some occasions, like holidays, call for abundance. Abundance of food, light, music, warmth. Literally, the more the merrier! This faux-new year's tree is replete with lights, colors, wire, tissue paper, glass, stuffed animals, confetti... a party-popper galore that makes the space overflow with things screaming "happy."
Other occasions call for a more minimal approach. The workspace on the right, that I recently decorated, was begging for some air and clarity. Not only does the quote "Laugh Often" give the space an extra motive, but the typography is playful, has breathing room and is lightweight enough to stay serene; creating a wall with more purpose and texture than just a stark surface.
If you can get past the process of applying it, it's worth all the serenity in the world.