April 27, 2015

Happy Mood Makeover

Karen Cooper

Color has been shown to affect mood. For example, yellow is associated with feelings of warmth and cheerfulness; green, with nature and tranquility; orange, with excitement and energy. So, if you want to create a happy mood in your home, infusing it with colors associated with feelings of happiness is the way to go. Here are five easy and inexpensive ways to give your home a happy mood makeover.

colorful guest room makes me happy - happy mood makeover - Mohawk Homescapes

1. Find Inspiration

The first step in a happy mood makeover is to find an inspiration – think about what makes you happy. Maybe you already know what colors make you happy but, if you don’t, there are some easy ways to find out.

First, check your closet! Look at your clothes and find that one piece that makes you smile or makes you happy when you put it on. What color is it? Does it have a pattern? You can use that as your inspiration.

Another way to find inspiration is to look at others’ rooms. Go on Pinterest or open a home decor magazine and see what speaks to you. Do you like bright colors? Do you like pattern? Bold or muted?

Once you find some pictures of rooms or colors that make you happy, gather them together. On Pinterest, you can create a board dedicated to your makeover; offline, you can use a bulletin board or poster board to showcase your finds. You can also create an inspiration or mood board online, using a photo editing or mood board site. Here’s one I created:

happy mood makeover inspiration board - Mohawk Homescapes

From this board, I can see that bright colors make me happy. I like yellows, greens, and blues. So, if I’m designing a room with a happy mood in mind, I’m going to make sure I use those colors throughout the room.

2. Paint

Once you have the inspiration and idea for what you want, start by adding color with paint. You can paint a whole room or, if you aren’t up for that, make the happy color an accent. For example, in my daughter’s room, she wanted bright green on the walls, but the whole room in bright green would have been too much. Instead, I painted a bold stripe around the room:

daughter room with bright green accent - happy mood makeover - Mohawk Homescapes

You could also use a bright, happy color on an accent wall, like I did in our guest room:

guest room accent wall in bright blue - happy mood makeover - Mohawk HomescapesPaint is an inexpensive way to add color to a room.

3. Accessories

Another easy and inexpensive way to add happy accents to a room is through accessories.

bright orange pillow - happy mood makeover - Mohawk Homescapes

Include a bright pillow on a bed or couch for an instant burst of happy color.

utensils in bright blue pitcher - happy mood makeover - Mohawk HomescapesA bright blue pitcher with colorful spatulas makes me happy in my kitchen. Sprinkle accents in your favorite colors or patterns throughout your home to create a happy mood.

4. Rugs

If you have a neutral room or neutral furnishings, one way to add a pop of color for a happy mood is on the floor, with a rug.

serene colors in dining room rug - happy mood makeover - Mohawk HomescapesI wanted our dining room to have a serene, happy feel. The cool blues in this rug create that mood, literally from the ground up!

If bright is what makes you happy, try a bold rug like this one:

Anton Woven Rug at Kohls - happy mood makeover - Mohawk Homescapes

I love how the living room, above, combines the bright rug with pillows and an accent wall in coordinating colors to create a happy mood in this room.

5. Add Flowers

My go-to, easy, and least expensive way to create a happy mood in a room is to add flowers.

add flowers for happy mood makeover - Mohawk HomescapesBelieve it or not, those flowers came from Costco! I bought them on a rainy day for a quick pick-me-up.

What do you do to create a happy mood in your rooms? Have you done your own happy mood makeover? Share in the comments – I’d love to know!

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