Homey Color Scheme
Butter Yellow + Blue-Gray
A palette of cool blue-gray and soft buttery yellow makes this master bedroom a restful retreat. The barely-there yellow walls function as a cheerful alternative to standard white. A dramatic barnwood ceiling treatment echoes the hues of the bed linens. Vintage-look accessories blend with the room's lived-in aesthetic.
Monochromatic Color Scheme
Honeysuckle + Sunny White
Taking a singular color and letting it play out in a wide range of intensities creates a space that is dimensionally rich. In this bedroom, a light honeysuckle yellow is the main color, appearing on the walls and bedding, while a more saturated version plays out in the rug and on the blanket. Hints of orange and buttery white support the parade of yellow.
Spring Color Scheme
Daisy Yellow + Robin's-Egg Blue + Cloud White
In this light-filled white kitchen, a few spring-inspired hints of color enliven the space. Ethereal white, reminiscent of white tulips and fluffy spring clouds, pair with robin's-egg blue and daisy yellow to create a cheery look. The accent colors repeat to bring cohesiveness to the expansive kitchen.
Natural Color Scheme
Sunshine + Sky
Give white walls a bright and breezy boost -- create a focal point in your living room with a wall papered in sunny yellow. A sinuous vine pattern climbs the wall, increasing its perceived height. A pair of baby blue upholstered love seats face each other in a comfortable conversation group.
Analogous Color Scheme
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Country Cottage Color Scheme
Butter Yellow + White
Sunny yellow cabinetry and crisp white trim give this hardworking kitchen cheerful and welcoming energy. The custom-designed, furniture-style cabinets give the kitchen a splash of country charm, which is reinforced by the room's color palette.
Playful Color Scheme
Lemonade + Hot Pink + Teal
Zippy yellow walls and colorful accessories make this girl's room a festive and fun retreat. A canvas of bold yellow walls makes it easy to experiment with colors in the same tonal range, such as hot pink, teal, orange, and lime green. A teal area rug in the center of the room helps the space feel grounded.
Elegant Color Scheme
Mustard + Navy
A well-developed collection of art glass provided the inspiration for the color scheme of this gorgeous sunroom. A clean background of white walls and cabinetry puts the focus on the glass and the color-drenched furnishings. Mustard-yellow striped fabric covers the sofa with sophisticated yet simple pattern. Navy blue paisley brings deep color to the chairs. Navy-and-white floral-pattern draperies frame the view of water, sky, and mountains beyond.
Luxurious Color Scheme
Golden Yellow + Orange + Navy
Warm golden yellow walls create a dramatic backdrop in this traditional-style living room. Splashes of deep navy -- such as the throw pillows and draperies -- add cool contrast to the wall color. Orange accents, on the other hand, complement the warm gold tones.
Romantic Color Scheme
Light Yellow + Various Pastels
When it comes to paint colors, many people stray toward neutrals for their easy-to-match tones. Take a cue from this room and use a soft, barely-there yellow as a cheerful alternative to white or beige. The homeowner drew color inspiration from the large vintage poster hung between the two windows. The various pastels work together to create a romantic living room retreat.
Charming Color Scheme
Banana + Turquoise
This fresh palette proves the colors yellow and blue can push beyond their primary roots. A cheerful yellow hue bathes the walls with warmth. Cool turquoise accents provide both contrast and style. White trim and draperies lend a crisp effect.
Cohesive Color Scheme
Pastel Yellow + Dark Wood
A pale yellow hue infuses this dining room with subtle warmth. The color is featured on every surface, from the walls and seat cushions to the curtains and fabric chandelier shades. The dark-stained dining table and chair legs provided necessary contrast.
Traditional Color Scheme
Golden Yellow + Moss + Ivory
Patterned yellow wallpaper gives this traditional-style dining room a cheerful disposition. Mossy green accents blend well with the yellow wallpaper, recalling the look of the sun and trees. Splashes of creamy ivory lend a neutral touch that's a warm alternative to standard white.
Eclectic Color Scheme
Yellow + Kelly Green + Cyan
Analogous colors yellow, green, and blue work together naturally to create a midlevel degree of contrast that is easy on the eyes while still keeping things interesting. In this living room, the walls get the yellow treatment while green paint jazzes up the interior of a built-in cabinet and provides a pop of color in the coffee table. A green throw brings color to the white sofa. Accents in cyan echo the blue rug.
Carefree Color Scheme
Daffodil + Cocoa + Dusty Blue
Liven up a muted palette with a painted focal point. Carefree yellow wakes up the island in this pretty kitchen. When using a strong, saturated color like this, it helps to limit it to one substantial piece or accent wall. Painting the walls in a clean neutral such as cocoa brown also keeps the color from overwhelming the space. Bright, uplifting colors, such as sky blue and honey gold, add vibrance to the palette.
Pastel Color Scheme
Yellow + Blue
A pastel palette rich in yellow and blue humanizes the large scale of this dining room and imparts a cottage vibe. The buffet is painted in a pale butter yellow to let a pastel blue-patterned china collection pop. Wedgwood-blue chairs lend a grown-up, elegant tone to the pastel scheme.
Energizing Color Scheme
Cornsilk + Orange + Gray
Three matching daybeds piled with plump pillows make a wonderful grouping for cozy conversation. Neutral gray fabrics on the cushions allow the furniture frames and pillows to shine. Orange curtain panels bring deeper color to walls painted in a soft, pale yellow. The lighter wall color visually expands the room.
Fanciful Color Scheme
Yellow + Pink + Teal + Orange
Vivid yellow on an accent wall, upholstered chair, and accessories provides the backdrop for a gathering of furnishings in a brilliant symphony of color and pattern. Oranges, pinks, and teals in iconic 1960s and '70s designs put a happy face on this dining area. Black chairs and the black-and-white rug ground the saturated colors.
Uplifting Color Scheme
School-Bus Yellow + Hot Pink
Liven up a muted room with brightly painted walls. Springy yellow wakes up a wall in this living room. When using a strong, saturated color like this, it helps to limit it to an accent wall; painting the adjacent walls in a clean white keeps the color from overwhelming a space. Bright, uplifting colors, such as aqua and pink, add vibrance to the palette.
Sweet Color Scheme
Vanilla + Jade + Pink
Paneled walls painted a vanilla yellow bring light to a small bedroom in a snug lake cottage. Jade green frames the windows and mixes with rosy pink in a sweet confection of patterns on the rug and in the bed linens. A note of turquoise blue appears in the storage case at the end of the bed. The pastel palette enhances the cottage style and helps to harmonize the varied vintage furnishings.