Color Spotlight: Yellow!

When asked what color we think of as the happiest or 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.  Some consider yellow too bright on its own, but when used correctly it can be the perfect punctuation.  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. 

Mornings begin with breakfast in the kitchen, and with the perfect yellow paint on the walls and ceiling, you’re sure to start your day in a sunny mood.


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Other home accents in the form of furniture will inject a pop of yellow, like these cheerful barstools pulled up around the island.


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Yellow offers an instant ray of sunshine, so the next time you’re looking at the spectrum of colors for a furniture makeover, a fresh coat of yellow paint will surely brighten a corner of any room.


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Bedrooms are another great space for a few yellow accents, and when paired with chocolate brown or pale blue, this hue adds a dose of playfulness. 


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Sophisticated gray is a no fail pairing with yellow, the cool gray tones combined with a sunny shade of yellow are always a classic combination.

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Are you a lover of yellow? Here are a few investment pieces to consider for the home. 


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From top left: 1.  Bali Armchair, Switch Modern;  2.  Harlow Yellow Chair, Overstock, $280;  3.  Chaigright Coffee Table, Worlds Away;  4. Hitch Marigold Stool, CB2, $169;  5.  Roxo Chair, IKEA, $25;  6.  Hourglass Table, Bungalow 5, to the trade;  7.  Yellow Chesterfield, Anthropologie, 8.  Lilly Pulitzer Boulevard Barstool, Neiman Marcus, $619;  9.  5’ x 8’ Surya Fallon rug, Rug Studio, $385; 10.  6’ x 9’ rug Sunflower Ticking Rug, Dash & Albert, $208;



Or perhaps a few smaller accents?  These accessories might be just what you’re looking for!

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From top left: Lemon Gumdrop Pendant, Serena & Lily, $78; Grapefruit Pop Candle, Jonathan Adler at Nordstrom, $38; Set of Yellow Vases, Horchow, $245;  Anything Scissors, Horne, $39; Ottavio Vase, Z Gallerie, $70; Liquid Round Bowl, CB2; $40;  Diamond Geometric Pillow Case, Classic by Nature on Etsy, $54; Yellow Ice Bucket, Chic Shop LA, $125; Yellow Ceramic Lamp, Shades of Light; $198; Totem planter, West Elm, $31;  Kartell La Boheme Stool, Living Space, $238; Labyrinth Citrine Pillow, Dwell Studio, $88; Yellow Ceramic Stool, Amazon, $103


From accents large to small, yellow is sure to add a dose of playfulness and optimism to your home!  Happy decorating with the color that is the symbol of happiness and fun!


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11 Responses to “ Color Spotlight: Yellow! ”

  1. Do you know the name of the gray paint color in the photo with the yellow stools?

  2. Hi Laura, I wish I did! Unfortunately, I have no source guide for the objects or colors in the room, but it is a lovely shade. Take a look at “Requisite Gray” by Sherwin Williams and “Stonington Gray” by Benjamin Moore, both lovely mid to light gray paints for the wall.

  3. Any idea where the yellow bar stools with the black legs around the island are from?

  4. I also would like the source of the yellow barstools with black metal legs? Maybe they might be available in lime green?

  5. Why don’t you guys include where the items are in the top photos.. particularly the yellow bar stools.

  6. Hi Amy, I wish I knew where they were from! I use images from BH&G and unfortunately there’s not a source guide for the spaces, my apologies!

  7. Hi Olivia and Debbie, I have no idea where they are from, I’ve tried to find them. If I do, I’ll be sure to add the source to this post.

  8. Hi Kate, could you suggest a paint color similar to the 3 shelf rolling cart? I have a small accent table that I have been dying to paint a vibrant yellow. Thanks!

  9. Hi Kristen, take a peek at ‘Light Rail’ by Valspar and ‘Bright Yellow’ by Benjamin Moore, they’re fabulous bright clear yellows!

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