Five Colors To Elevate Your Mood and Decor

Everyone knows that art can be powerful, moving, and at times, overwhelming. We’ve all been overcome with emotion in a museum, found joy in watching cartoons, or been inspired by a photograph. The fact that you are even reading this right now means that you have, at some point in your life, been moved by art! (And if you haven’t… there’s still time!)

Regardless of your preferred method for appreciating great art, there are actually some scientifically-proven benefits in doing so. Did you know that specific colors can have an affect on your mood? We researched how select colors enhance moods, how to unlock their special “powers,” and rounded up some of our favorite color-centric art.

Read the color guide below and then decorate your space to elevate your mood!


Shades of green have long been linked to creative thinking and feelings of success, hope, and healing. Imagine rambling pastures, tree canopies, or a fresh matcha latte. This makes green Wall Art ideal for home offices, art studios and anywhere else you might need to get creative.

Green colored art prints
LTR: “Banana Jungle” by arrynando / “Nudibranch” by Isabella Rotman / “Geometric Turtle” by dandingeroz / “A Book Lover” by ilovedoodle


The color red is mostly associated with passion, strength and intensity. This is a good color for home gyms, bedrooms (wink wink) and other places where you need a solid burst of energy. Think fire, rubies, the Kool-Aid Man bursting through a brick wall – you get the picture.

Red colored art prints
LTR: “Ugh” by Jennifer Kalb / “Summer” by Mateus Quandt / “Coffee Makes My Day” by Jessee / “A French Ninja Cat” by Kyle Walters


People often link the colors violet and purple with sophistication, luxury and royalty. Wall Art featuring this color is perfect in places where you want to make a fancy first impression, like an office space, entry way, or…. throne room? (I don’t know your life.)

Purple colored art prints
LTR: “Magic Flowers” by Micaela Podržaj / “Music Business Remastered” by Dale Edwin Murray / “Purple Rain” by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira / “Retro Gaming Machine” by Ilustrata


Yellow is associated with feelings of happiness, optimism and youth. Can you feel the sunshine? Yellow Wall Art is a great accent for kids’ rooms, living rooms, and anywhere you spend a good deal of time (like your desk!) Yellow is also said to stimulate the appetite, so it works perfectly in kitchens too.

Yellow colored art prints
LTR: “Stardust” by John Tibbott / “Diabolical Plan(t)” by Trabu / “Ban&a” by Brent Schoepf / “Retro Radio” by BullyandBunny


Blue is the most common answer to the question, “What’s your favorite color?” making it a safe choice for practically anywhere. Think blue skies, vast oceans, the best Gushers flavor, etc. Seeing blue is said to bring thoughts of trustworthiness to mind and is known as a stable, calming color.

Blue colored art prints
LTR: “Let Your Dream Fly” by Petr Stepanov / “Going Where the Wind Blows” by Budi Satria Kwan / “Ned Plimpton” by Jake Dalton / “Calm” by Laura O’Connor

Listen, we’re not scientists. You should get whatever dang art makes you happy and hang it wherever you want. If you do choose to buy a piece from Threadless, remember that you’re supporting independent artists from around the world with each purchase. That’s a mood lifter no matter what color it is.

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Mercedes Bleth

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