Yellow adds optimism to your home, prompting feelings of happiness in all who enter. Yellow activates memory, stimulates the nervous system, promotes communication and sparks creativity.
Control the hue and you control the mood. Muted yellow works well as a soothing neutral. A sun-kissed yellow brings the warmth of summer inside your home. A pale yellow can make a compact room feel larger. The wide spectrum of yellow shades gives you flexibility in designing rooms with a feel-good ambiance.
Hallways and rooms without windows can benefit from strong, saturated shades of yellow. The shade will create the illusion of light. Buttery yellow walls add a warm glow that makes a room feel cozy, while muted yellow walls can make a room feel peaceful.
If you have a room with northern exposure and live in a climate with lots of gray days, yellow can brighten up the space without overwhelming it.
"Yellow is a tricky color," says interior designer Jennifer Agus of Agus Interiors. "It's an uplifting color but you really have to pick the right shade. You want to make sure it's not too bright or too muted, so use those test cans of paint and look at the yellow on your walls in the different lights of the day."
Pale ocher and muted gold are great choices for those who want a yellow color that feels approachable and timeless. An earthy yellow can work with terra cotta or lilac and make a room feel relaxing. A deep yellow accented with gray can make a space feel sophisticated. A golden, honey yellow works well for a kitchen with lots of natural wood, creating a hospitable room.
"I love kitchens painted in the warmer tones of yellow, instead of the lemony tones," says interior designer Denna McLaughlin of City Studios. "The warmer tones make you want to be in the room, because they're comfortable and welcoming."
Lifestyle photographer Daniel Collopy chose yellow as the main color for a dining room remodel, featuring herringbone wall design and a custom, midcentury modern light fixture.
A lifestyle photographer turns a cramped space into a cheerful breakfast nook with bursts of yellow.
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