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What is the color of happiness?

Boost your mood by incorporating these happy colors into your interiors

Color has the powerful ability to influence our mood and raise our spirits. Yet so many of us struggle to choose a color that has a truly positive effect.

So, what colors make a room feel happy? ‘Color theory in its entirety can be a complicated subject,’ explains Patrick O’Donnell, Farrow & Ball brand ambassador.

When it comes to room color ideas, you could choose your favorite color, with shades that are personal to us working wonders on our moods. Alternatively, opt for bright, bold, or nature-inspired shades that are proven to have a positive impact on your mood.

Color psychologists and paint experts have explained which colors are proven to make a room feel happy, and the schemes you should avoid.


When decorating a room to feel happy, consider color theory to steer you in the right direction, using the color wheel to decide on your room or even whole-house color scheme will help you to choose harmonious palettes that will bring happiness and tranquility to any space.


‘Generally, the warm tones of yellow, and orange, warm lavenders and blues, such as periwinkle and warm red or warm pink are associated with happiness.’

Although such bold color options may seem daunting, decorating with orange or warm red room ideas can be achieved by adding in colored textiles and decor, rather than painting the whole room.

‘We all have colors that we associate with happiness, and these can often be symbolic for us,’ continues Lee Chambers, psychologist and wellbeing consultant. ‘When it comes to our environments, warmer tones have the ability to boost our mood and give us a burst of energy, and shades of pink, orange and yellow can all give us a slice of joy when we are feeling a little low.’

Yellow room ideas, on the other hand, are great high-energy spaces that can inspire movement and activity. ‘Yellow (orange shares similar characteristics) is the color of energy, happiness, and optimism and therefore a brilliant choice for either a kitchen or a home office – but try and avoid in a bedroom as this primarily is a space for rest,’ warns Patrick.


Adding blue room ideas to your home speaks to the lazy blue skies of summer, offering your home an air of hot days all year round.

‘Blue has many emotional attributes – at the paler end, tranquility and calm, to intelligence at the darker end. It is often considered a restful and sympathetic color – so a paler blue is ideal for a bedroom such as Light Blue or Parma Gray. Err towards darker blue shades for the home office, living room, or kitchen,’ adds Patrick.

Decorating with blue is a great option if you want to try color drenching, as different layering shades can create a sense of depth.


‘Green is a joy to use – the primary color of nature and the outdoors. Green is the perfect color family to deliver calm and serenity and therefore has the flexibility to be applied in every room throughout the home but is especially great for bedrooms and sitting rooms. It symbolizes renewal and growth,' explains Patrick.

Green room ideas are not only versatile, but the shade itself is too. When taking inspiration from nature, consider the whole range of green tones, from mossy forest greens to slubby olives and pistachios.

Decorating with green can even be achieved by simply incorporating plants into your space, or opting for full tonal layering. Like blue, different green shades through accents will add depth and texture to an otherwise monochromatic scheme.


Fire engine reds can be incredibly stimulating colors, with many people associating the shade with danger or warnings. Because of this, it is wise to avoid using high saturation reds and tone the scheme down.

When decorating with red, consider using more natural options such as a raspberry shade, or alternatively add bold colors in increments, painting a doorway, trim, or adding the color through decor.


One of the most positive colors is considered to be yellow. One of spring's most beautiful shades, yellow is not often seen in interiors but works well for both energizing spaces, or toned down with neutrals as an accent for bright, happy pops of color.

Yellows can be added to your home as bright homages to summer sunflowers, or dirtier mustards for a more moody look. Either way, this color is touted for its ability to bring positivity into your life.


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