8 Ways That Color Can Make Your Home a Happier Place

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Do you feel happy when you think back to your childhood bedroom? Does contemplating your favorite restaurant make you hungry? Chances are good that the color schemes of your favorite places are at least partially responsible for how you feel about them.

Color psychology is the study of how color can influence and guide human emotions. Color might seem to be only a matter of taste, but there is some scientific evidence to suggest that the purposeful use of color can also affect your mood (though specific health benefits have not been established). A soothing environment can contribute to stress reduction and an increased feeling of wellbeing; health care providers use color psychology to offer a calming and relaxing environment for their patients [PDF].

If there's a particular hue that makes you smile, take up a paintbrush and go wild—painting a room is one of the easiest ways to redecorate. "I suggest choosing a color that makes you feel happy and at home. After all, that's what is really important when designing a home," says Allie Wilmoth, a residential interior designer in Wake Forest, North Carolina, who specializes in color selection.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. ORANGE ADDS WARMTH AND EXCITEMENT TO YOUR COOKING.

Bored with your meal prep? Make dining in more interesting by giving your kitchen a coat of orange paint. Orange is a warm, energetic color that stimulates the appetite (just think of how many fast-food restaurant logos incorporate oranges, reds, and yellows). This tone can give you an energy boost and inspire creativity and conversation.

"The color orange is the most social of all colors. It stimulates conversation, communication, and interaction. It reflects youth and energy and is a great choice for anywhere you want lots of action, activity, and high energy," Jane Lockhart, a Toronto-area interior designer and host of the TV series Colour Confidential, tells Mental Floss. "Orange is a great choice for a gym, family room, kitchen, or as an accent wall in a child’s bedroom."

2. GREEN MEANS SWEET DREAMS.

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to let go of the day’s stress, try using color to help you sleep more peacefully. "Light shades of green are the most restful, calming colors in the spectrum," Lockhart says. "Green is associated with earth, new growth, and new beginnings. It is a color full of life, inspiration, peace, and good health."

Green is also a great color for anyone who longs for the great outdoors. "If a city apartment dweller is looking for a natural feel within their space, I highly recommend a cool color scheme," Wilmoth tells Mental Floss. "Utilizing green and blue and coordinating a gray neutral color will help the small space feel larger, and an analogous color scheme of blues and greens creates a harmonious natural feel."

3. RED BRINGS EXCITEMENT WHEREVER IT GOES.

Red conjures up images of fire, movement, and excitement. Use red to liven up any space in your house and invite interaction—it's a warm and vibrant color can stimulate passion, whether it’s conversation in the living room or amorous activities. "Red is a great color to use for a kitchen, dining room, or bedroom," Lockhart says. But red can be a little overpowering (and possibly raise your blood pressure!), so you might want to limit it to a single wall or a piece of accent furniture, especially in a smaller room.

4. BLUE MOTIVATES AND STIMULATES (BUT IT ALSO CALMS AND SOOTHES).

Blue does it all. "Blue has been linked with productivity, honesty, and authority," Lockhart says. "It’s great for offices because of its motivating attributes. Blue helps stimulate the energy you need to get the work done." Blue can make you feel calm, centered, and content wherever you use it, which makes it a great color for the bedroom as well as the home office. "Cooler blues and greens evoke feelings of quiet and solitude, making it one of my go-to choices in bedrooms," Wilmoth says.

5. NEED YOUR SPACE? TRY WHITE.

If a bigger place isn’t in your budget, white can give the illusion of space and height. It can also create an open, airy feeling in your entryway or hall. If a bright white tone feels too contemporary or sterile to you, try a pale gray or cream. "Using one color, wrapped around the whole room, will help the viewer's eye travel throughout the space," Lockhart says.

6. PURPLE BRINGS CREATIVITY AND DRAMA.

Violet inspires the creative, mysterious and sensual. Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple, has been named the color of 2018 by Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color. This particular shade of violet "takes our awareness and potential to a higher level," according to the Pantone website.

If painting your bedroom or office purple seems a bit much, try painting an accent wall to add a new shade of creative inspiration to your environment. "Even just one wall would add uniqueness and a bold statement of individuality," Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, tells Mental Floss.

7. PERK UP YOUR MORNINGS WITH PINK.

Pink is fun and energetic. "Rose tones are always good in a bathroom or bedroom, because they add a healthy glow to the skin," Eiseman says. Paint your bathroom a playful shade of pink to give yourself a boost of happiness in the morning before starting your workday. If the idea of a pink bathroom leaves you cold, try a sunshiny yellow for the same warm and uplifting effect.

8. YELLOW BRINGS SUNLIGHT INDOORS.

Like blue, yellow works in many parts of the home, especially in rooms that lack natural light. This joyous tone might even increase your home's appeal to buyers. "Yellow, or any other warm-based color like coral, is fabulous—it's considered a happy and uplifting color," Eiseman says. "It is especially good in rooms that are dark or don't get a lot of light. Kitchens, entryways, and living rooms are good in these tones. They are convivial, friendly and make you feel like you are surrounded by sunshine—they're a great mood lifter."

Simply put, a gallon or two of paint can transform a room—and your attitude—for the better.

The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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12 Smart Products That Will Help Organize Your Life

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Simple Trending Store/Amazon

For some people, getting—and staying—organized is nearly impossible to do without a little help. (We’re talking from experience here.) To help you store your pots and pans without a fuss and keep your toiletries from taking over your bathroom, we’ve scoured the internet for products that are designed to make staying organized that much easier.

1. Revolving Spice Rack, $37

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This 20-jar revolving spice rack from Kamenstein will keep all of your favorite spices organized, labeled, and, most importantly, within easy access for your culinary endeavors. Even better? It comes with all 20 spices, including rosemary, basil, and pretty anything else you can imagine. (Pizza seasoning? Yes, please.) Bonus: Customers are eligible to receive free spice refills for five years after the initial purchase. That’s a lot of garlic salt.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Bar Serving Cart; $110

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This rolling bar cart (which can hold up to four wine bottles and six stemmed glasses) is the ideal space-saving solution for any oenophile. The different levels can be used for snacks, wine buckets, and liquor bottles, while the top shelf can be removed and used as a food tray. Plus, its wood metal appearance means it will fit in with plenty of different decor in your home. Since it’s on wheels, you can easily move the cart around your home without worrying about it scratching the floor.

Buy it: Amazon

3. 4-Piece Acrylic Canister Set, $20

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Keep your cookies, candies, sweet treats, and other kitchen staples organized with these simple acrylic canisters, which come in packs of four or five. Each comes with an air-tight lid that helps keep your food fresh for longer (read: no more stale cookies). You can opt to store them right on your countertop, or stow them away in your pantry. And before you refill the cannisters with a different food, you can throw them in the dishwasher for a quick clean first.

Buy it: Amazon

4. No-Drill Shower Caddy; $17

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This easy-to-install, drill-free shower shelf keeps your toiletries and other bathroom essentials organized while your shower remains free of clutter. Plus, its durable hand-polished aluminum frame is scratch-resistant and designed to protect against wear and tear. You can also use the two attached hangers to store your loofah, body brush, or towel. All you have to do is wait 24 hours to use it upon installation, and voila!

Buy it: Amazon

5. Rotating Makeup Organizer; $20

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Calling all beauty mavens: You need this 360-degree rotating cosmetics organizer—which can hold everything from eyeshadow to your beloved skincare products—in your life. Not only is it washable, durable, and eco-friendly, but you can also easily adjust its height to fit different sized bottles (think perfume, foundations, serums, and more). And, according to the company, it takes no more than one minute to assemble.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Bathroom Storage Corner Floor Cabinet; $36

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This space-saving bathroom storage cabinet from AOJEZOR is compact enough to fit in even the tiniest of corners or crevices. Use the top area to hold a cellphone or display a houseplant, while the shelves are ideal for excess toiletries, toilet paper, hand towels, or tissues.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Desktop Organizer Storage Rack; $26

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This handy adjustable desktop organizer (which also serves as a storage shelf) comes in four colors: black, white, natural wood, and white wood—making it the perfect addition to any home office. The product itself is made up of two main parts, which can be rotated to best suit your organizational needs and maximize storage space. Plus, its sturdy yet lightweight build makes it easy to move, transport, and carry.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Portable 7-Tier, Free-Standing Shoe Organizer; $28

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Shoe organizers aren’t just for college students living in dorms. This portable and adjustable model from UDEAR is lightweight, durable, and easy to assemble—meaning you won’t have to hire a handyman or waste hours of your free time putting it together. It can also hold up to 27 pairs of shoes (think boots, sneakers, stilettos, and everything in between), and when it’s time for spring cleaning, simply wipe it with a damp cloth.

Buy it: Amazon

9. K-Cup Carousel; $20

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Keep your beloved K-Cups within arm’s reach—and display them for all to see—with this rotating carousel, which holds up to 35 K-Cups. Besides, this all-steel model from Nifty is a lot more stylish than those bulky boxes that take up precious counter and shelf space.

Buy it: Amazon

10. 36-Peg Mug Rack; $58

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Keep your coffee cup collection on display with a handy mug organizer. This one from BirdRock Home holds up to 36 mugs and adds a whimsical (and personal) touch to any kitchen. Plus, it frees up a ton of shelf space, which you can then use to store more of your favorite snacks.

Buy it: Amazon

11. Double Layer Jewelry Organizer; $16

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Keep your baubles organized and stowed away with this portable jewelry organizer from Misaya Jewelry. Its compact size is easy enough to store in a drawer, a suitcase, or a vanity. Besides holding necklaces, bracelets, and rings, it can also accommodate up to 10 pairs of earrings. Its soft, anti-abrasive velvet lining will prevent your jewelry from scratching, tarnishing, or other wear and tear. Choose from seven different hues.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Adjustable Pan and Pot Holder; $16

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Chances are, you’re guilty of shoving all of your pots and pans so tightly together that you’re unable to even shut your cabinet door. (Oops.) Thankfully, this functional pot and pan rack from Simple Trending—which can hold up to five pots/pans and lids—eliminates unnecessary clutter. Its non-stick coating protects your pans and pots from scratching or sliding on each other.

Buy it: Amazon

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