July 31, 2013
I’m making my way around the color wheel, continuing with the Color Series today with a look at one of the most fun colors: yellow! Yellow is such a happy shade to decorate with, wouldn’t you agree? When asked what color we think of as the most optimistic, many of us would quickly reply “yellow!”
Yellow is the color of sunshine and energy, and with it comes creativity and feelings of positivity too. When used effectively, yellow is the perfect punctuation mark. Whether it’s a painted wall or accents you choose, yellow is that one hue that’s sure to bring an uplifting feeling of joy to your home.
The stucco on our home is a pale shade of yellow, one we chose over twelve years ago and still love to this day. I play off the soft yellow hues with outdoor cushions and pillows in the courtyard. Yellow walls, both interior and exterior, soak up the sun and will always reflect warmth into a space.
When you’re looking at the walls, take your decorating a step beyond just paint and consider wall treatments such as tongue and groove planks or the beautiful motifs found in patterned wallpapers.
We’re all familiar with the many uses for fabrics – textiles bring both softness and pattern to a room. Colorful yellow prints make a space cheerful and always a happy place to be.
Equally as happy in the home are yellow furniture accents that introduce a sunny optimistic vibe. Whether your style is modern or traditional, furniture wears it well!
Yellow is fresh and fun when used in “hello look at me” ways, think window frames, kitchen cabinets, and your front door!
I’ve had a love affair with tufted yellow sofas for years and I’ve decided I must own one someday, in either leather or linen.
What colors partner well with yellow? I say all of them! Yellow is really a bright neutral in my book, I can’t think of a color it doesn’t complement! Pinks, blues, greens, and plums in the right combinations can look so fabulous with yellow, for example . . .
I think the only thing you have to be careful of when decorating with yellow is using vivid yellow and black alone, it can come across “bumble bee” but when you mix in grays and whites and wood tones, the palette is elegant and even masculine.
Steven Gambrel in NY Mag
My most favorite and sentimental possession is yellow…read about it here.
How have you used yellow to decorate your home?