Science says these two colors could be the key to boosting your mood

February 13, 2018

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  • Science says yellow and green home decor can help to make you happier when spending time at home.

No matter where your home décor preferences lie, there are certain colors that you may want to consider using as accents around the home, because they can actually help boost your mood and make you happier.

Turns out, those colors that can encourage positive emotions are yellow and green — and there is scientific evidence to back it up.

According to research done at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands, one study showed that adults felt happier when in the presence of yellow and green. Since these two colors remind us of sunshine and grassy green fields, we're not surprised at these findings. After all, studies suggest that spending time in nature helps to fight depression.

If you're looking for ways to create positive vibes in your living quarters (and honestly, who isn't?), we'd recommend adding yellow and green accent pieces. To get you started, we pulled stylish home items in these happy colors from a few of our favorite brands and retailers. We made sure to choose from reputable brands and retailers with positive user reviews and ratings to help ensure you're satisfied with your purchase. Happy shopping!

Note: The prices below reflect the listed retailer's price on the date this article was published    

Pineapple 3 Piece Dining Set ($339.97; pier1.com)

This cheery dining set is perfect for any balcony or patio setting. Weatherproof, durable and easy to clean, these chairs (with their fun pineapple backing) make great statement pieces and are a total conversation starter.

Burgon & Ball Ceramic Cactus Shaped Vase Pot ($28.99; amazon.com)

Going for a more earthy, western vibe at home? This vase is just the thing. One customer, who gave this vase a 5-star rating, said "It's gorgeous and perfect for air plants or succulents."

Rachael Ray Porcelain/Hard enamel Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set (starting at $93.05; amazon.com)

Green and yellow accents are also great for the kitchen area. This pretty 10-piece cookware set has 1,164 customer reviews and an average 4.2 star rating on Amazon.

Windham 2 Door Cabinet with Drawers ($132.99, originally $139.99; target.com)

This cheery yellow cabinet comes in seven different colors and has over 723 reviews from satisfied Target customers. The best part is, it's on sale now. Get yours (and shop other outstanding Target furniture deals) today.

Modway Ottoman Button Tufted Round Ottoman ($297.50; amazon.com)

The great thing about this chic piece of furniture is that it can easily be incorporated into most spaces due to its mid-century modern design. It serves as an additional seating choice or as a foot rest.

Since furniture typically isn't cheap to buy, the last thing you want to do is pay for shipping costs. With this piece, if you are an Amazon Prime Member, you get free shipping.

Safavieh Jayne Three Sphere Glass Lamp, Set of 2 ($118.88; amazon.com)

Two lamps for $119? Talk about a steal — especially when you consider how expensive quality lamps can be. This sunny pair will provide the perfect pop of color to your living room or when placed on bedside tables.

KitchenAid 2-quart porcelain enamel tea kettle with stainless steel handle ($69.99, bedbathandbeyond.com)

Available in this cheery citrus hue (and also in green), this stainless teakettle is just the thing to brighten up your kitchen with a pop of color. When you purchase from Bed Bath & Beyond, you can read reviews from over 148 customers who gave this teakettle a 4-star rating on average.

Framed Art Print ($41.99; society6.com)

An on-trend piece of art is just the thing needed to upgrade your home. This particular option is available via Society6, an online print shop that pays artists from all over the world for their pieces. This natural looking print was given 5-stars from 495 satisfied customers.

Bearden Light -- Zigzag unpasted wallpaper ($60, nordstrom.com)

Want an easy way to create an accent wall in any room of the house? Try this stylish zigzag wallpaper decal available in size 20.5" x 33". We're fans of this pattern for its white and olive green color combo, which ensures you keep your color palette light and cheery-looking. This Wallpops product, available from Nordstrom, is an easily removable wall decal.. When you're ready for a change, you can simply peel away the paper without damaging your wall. This Wallpops product saves you time and money compared with ordinary wallpaper, which is often expensive and difficult to remove.

Mini floral comforter set ($85.49, target.com)

Brighten up any drab space with this rich golden-yellow comforter that's patterned with a subtle floral print. Available from Target, this stylish set, which includes two pillow shams and a comforter, comes at a reasonable cost of $89.99 and is machine washable for an easy-to-maintain bed set.

Iguana Green Velvet Throw Pillow ($9.99 to $29.99, worldmarket.com)

We love this throw pillow from World Market for its stunning sage green hue, which will brighten the look of any room. Since it comes in a solid color, it can easily be mixed in with other home décor to give your space a friendly pop of green that sets your mind at ease (and hopefully promotes a more positive mood.) The best part is, this cotton-velvet pillow has a removable insert so that you can throw it in the washing machine.