How Your Home Decor Affects Your Mood

Ever wonder why work day worries seem to follow you home? It may have less to do with work and more to do with your home than you think. Turns out, home decor and layout have a major effect on your overall mood and well-being. Factors like lighting, color and space all influence how you feel, and can be manipulated to create the mood you’re looking for.

Room Color

Room color sets the tone of your home. Tranquil and relaxing or exciting and stimulating, the color is a reflection of your personality and will have a serious impact on your mood. Before settling on a color, think about the room’s purpose. Is it meant to be an artistic space that sparks creativity or stimulates conversation? Try daring hues like reds and purples. Maybe you’re going more for a peaceful, read-a-book-and-relax vibe? Go for soft tones like grey and blues.

Red is considered exciting and will bring energy to a room, perfect for a living or dining room, but is generally considered too stimulating for bedrooms.

On the other hand, blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow your heart rate, making it ideal for bedrooms. Word of caution: stay away from darker hues; dark blue is known to evoke feelings of sadness and should be avoided as main color schemes.

Remember, it’s your room, so base your color choices on how they make you feel.

Let There Be Light

Not surprisingly, lighting has a huge effect on the overall feel of a home, and by experimenting with different kinds of light sources you can manipulate the mood of the room. Assuming you’re not trying to create a mood reminiscent of grocery store lines and high school classrooms, avoid using exclusively artificial overhead lights. Instead, try using lamps and candles to create a cozier, more intimate feel for your home. Be as creative as you like with design. For something more modern try modern lighting options from, or stick to something more classic for a cozier feel.

Of course, nothing beats natural sunlight when it comes to mood boosting, so make sure all windows are uncluttered. No overly heavy curtains or couches covering half the window; big windows are the easiest way to achieve some instant happy feels, so sit back and let them work their magic. If you want window treatments, stick to light an airy options that allow natural light in as much as possible.

It’s All in the Details

Though sleek and modern is all the rage right now, it may not be doing you as many favors as you think when it comes to overall mood health. Turns out, a little clutter does the body good, as long as the clutter is representative of who you are. Personal touches like favorite books, family photos or arts and crafts projects will help you feel comfortable and at home. Think full bookcases and a few mismatched photos on the wall — the old bookstore vibe that’s immediately warm and welcoming. Add a little of that to your home and you’ll create a haven where you can relax and recharge after your long days.


Focus your energy on the kitchen – it’s generally the center of the home and where you’ll end up spending a good majority of your time. It should be both functional and serve as a social space, both for your family and any guests that may show up. Because so much of your time is spent there, it’s important to incorporate an open kitchen design, rather than closing it (and you) off from the rest of the house.

Don’t be Afraid to Rearrange

When a room starts to feel stale, look for ways to spice it up. A complete rearrangement, furniture change or new color can create an entirely new effect. Even if it’s just a new lamp or different couch placement, a small change can still bring new energy to a room.

And there you have it – the easiest way to improve your day is to come home to a house you love, so try incorporating a few of the tips for an easy overall mood booster.