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

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Updated Fri September 21, 2018

Story highlights

  • Science says yellow and green home decor can help make you happier
  • We've found some stylish items in those colors to get you started

No matter where your home decor 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, the colors that can encourage positive emotions are yellow and green — and there is scientific evidence to back it up.

In research at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands, one study found that adults felt happier when in the presence of yellow and green. Since these 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 may help 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.   

Paradise Palms framed wall art ($39; nordstrom.com)

A great focal point for any room in the house, this print adds a bit of outdoor flair to your home's interior.

Kvell pop clock ($25; nordstrom.com)

Minimalist and modern, this bright yellow wall clock acts as a fun accent that catches your attention.

Kennebunk Bliss plush throw ($39.50; nordstrom.com)

No couch is complete without a warm throw blanket. Keep this in the living room and drape it across your couch for an added pop of color in your seating area.

Pantheon McKenzie upholstered ottoman ($249.99; worldmarket.com)

You know that one spot in the house where no one sits because there's no place to put your feet up? Now, with this whimsical, golden yellow ottoman, you can fix the problem. Place it at the foot of your bed or mix it in with your sitting area furniture, and your space will be totally transformed.

Crosley Radio Cruiser deluxe turntable ($69.95; nordstrom.com)

Just a hair under $70 is a great price on a classic turntable, especially given that it's got built-in Bluetooth compatibility.

Beverly Hills palm art print (starting at $29; nordstrom.com)

Want to add a bit of beachiness to your apartment? Invest in this palm tree wall art by artist Chelsea Victoria for a fun addition to your wall collage.

Sauder accent table ($66.42; amazon.com)

This light yellow piece is a fun take on your typical side table. Not only does it have shelving to hold your bedside essentials, but it's finished on all sides so that you can place it however suits your space best.

Mistana Brandt yellow area rug (Starting at $31.99; wayfair.com)

Cheery without being obnoxious, this area rug has a stunning pattern and comes in 11 sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for your home.

Steelcase Cobi chair ($492; amazon.com)

A great way to brighten up your office, this yellow office chair can act as a focal point within the space. However, if you'd rather go the green route, this chair is also available in green.

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-quart stand mixer ($279.95, originally $429.99; amazon.com)

Originally $430, this yellow KitchenAid mixer is now just $280, saving you $150. On Amazon, close to 9,000 customers left reviews and rated it an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars on average. Knowing this, you can feel confident that it has been thoroughly tried and tested by cooking enthusiasts everywhere.

Six Canyons faux cactus set ($7.99; amazon.com)

If you'd like to add plants to a room with very little sunlight (or simply don't have a green thumb), this affordable three-piece set of faux cacti is worth investing in.

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 ($119.99; 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.

Walmsley Moroccan gray/yellow area rug ($20.99, originally $39.99; wayfair.com)

Another great rug option, this Moroccan gray and yellow mat comes in four sizes. Its cheery, modern design is sure to transform your space.

Modway button-tufted round ottoman ($298.93; amazon.com)

The great thing about this chic piece of furniture is that it can easily be incorporated into most spaces, due to its midcentury 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 3-sphere glass lamp, set of 2 ($138.95; amazon.com)

Two lamps for $139? 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 teakettle ($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 ($46.99; society6.com)

An on-trend piece of art is just the thing to upgrade your home. This 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 by 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 inches by 33 inches. 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 it away 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 ($89.99, 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 decor 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.