Five House Paint Colors That Make You Feel Happy

I recently wrote a blog for a client on the top house paint color trends for 2015 which got me thinking. Since it’s been scientifically proven that colors can affect your mood, why not try out some happy mood-brightening colors in your house if you need a quick pick-me-up?

Happy Paint ColorsNeed some ideas for inspiration? Here are a few colors you may want to consider:

Mediterranean Blue

This is one of the new hot colors for 2015 that I mentioned in my article and one of my personal favorites. Tones of blue have been shown to slow down heart rate and lower blood pressure. Pair the color with bright white for some extra impact or combine it with the colors of sand to remind you of a beautiful, calm day at the beach.


I love orange as a fun, energizing and cheerful color, but if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, apricot just might be your ticket. I like Glidden’s Apricot Nectar, a joyful shade of orange that is sure to lift your mood every time you walk in the room.

Celery Green

Want to be reminded of soothing gardens and bright green spring leaves? Mimic Mother Nature and evoke the same relaxation and refreshment as going for a stroll in the park. According to a study from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, adults feel happier around the colors green and yellow. “Bring in the colors of sunshine and spring fields,” an article on suggests. Which brings us to the next mood-boosting color…

Sunny Yellow

See all the bright happy faces on the heading of my blog? There’s a reason these smiley faces are typically a bright yellow. After all, who can resist smiling at a cheerful yellow sunflower? I actually had wallpaper in bright yellow with a touch of turquoise in my bedroom as a teen and loved it. If an intense, in-your-face yellow is not be to your liking, a light or soft yellow smacks of optimism and cheerfulness and will remind you of a bright, sunny day.

Velvety Violet

Visualize lush and lovely lavender fields in France and you’ll instantly feel a sense of calm and contentment. In the middle of a cold, dreary winter, a violet paint color will reflect light well and have a soothing effect. A deeper purple feels rich and regal. Or if you want a truly soothing color, check out Benjamin Moore’s lovely Lavender Mist.

If none of these colors suit you, the options are endless. Remember your home is a living space, so make it lively! Color is a powerful tool that can make your home feel more joyful, vibrant, and blissful.

Are you still reading? Stop. Go get rid of that drab and boring beige, grab a brush and some paint, and splash some of your favorite soulful colors on your walls!

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Julie A. Gorges is the author of two young adult novels, Just Call Me Goody Two Shoes and Time to Cast Away and co-author of Residential Steel Design and Construction published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines, and she received three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a newspaper reporter. Julie currently lives in southern California with her husband, Scott, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

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7 Responses

  1. Cat Michaels says:

    Timely piece. We are looking at paint samples niw to exorcise those white walls we could never decide how to colorize.

  2. My office is a wonderful bold, orangey-yellow on three walls and a complimentary warm gray-ish-green on the fourth and a rich yummy tan in the open former closet. It is a room I love . 🙂 None of the rooms in our small home have beige or pastel colors on the walls.

  3. Suzie Cheel says:

    Love this post and also the colors- would love t have a picture of houses using those colors. 🙂

  4. Diane Topkis says:

    Love these colors! Mediterranean Blue is my go to color in clothes. I need to try it on the walls too. And I love Apricot. Some painting is in my future!

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