Originally produced as a motivational poster for the public by the British government during World War II, this poster was little-known and rarely used at the time. After it was recently brought to light again, it took off in popularity — with every online shop in sight carrying prints in multiple colors.
The design of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster is so simple, and the message so easily applied, it's no wonder that it's found a niche in decor — with companies slapping it on everything from mugs, to tea towels, to tablecloths. I love seeing it blown up on this bright blue rug.
It may seem an oxymoron when done in such a vivid red, but matched up with the door color, it makes for a symbiotic and thus calming effect in this entryway. It's also a good thing to keep in mind as you head out to start a busy day.
For a more soothing approach, a deep blue print against walls painted in Benjamin Moore's Almost Black makes less of a "pop" and more of a subtle note, better suited to the message.
Almost as prolific as the "Keep Calm" prints are derivatives of the saying. Blogger Michelle Hinckley took the basic design and re-imagined it into a helpful reminder in the bathroom...
While I appreciate the Brits' tendency to keep a stiff upper lip, I think this paraphrase from blogger My Sweet Savannah goes better with my mode of thinking.
Aside from a wedding, no place might be more appropriate for the phrase than above a workspace. Deadlines, you've met your match!
Or rather than directly overhead, go for a subtler look by hanging it just to the side of the desk — right where my eyes tend to wander when I start losing focus.
Reflected in the mirror, the saying greets teeth-brushers first thing in the morning as a reminder for tackling the day. Someone tack this up in Kate's loo, quick!