Brighten a dull living room by working yellow into the palette. This warm, versatile color adds an instant ray of sunshine to any space and is easy to incorporate into your current color scheme.
For an outdoors-inspired space, start with a sunny yellow wall color. Incorporate sky blue and grass green accents to complete the scheme. Doses of white, in trimwork and ceramic accents, lend a crisp edge to the natural look.
Paint isn't the only way to get the benefits of yellow in a living room. Here, a bold yellow striped sofa adds a punch of color to the room. It pairs with navy blue accents in the stripes, pillows, and window treatments to feel balanced. The somewhat subdued patterns leave plenty of attention for the colorful glassware collection on the other side of the room.
Draw inspiration from nature when choosing yellows for a color palette. Here, the daffodil color of the yellow accent pillows and the chair slipcover echo the forest-inspired picture on the mantel. The greens and neutrals are also from that artwork. For more nature inspiration, consider the yellows of daisies, tulips, sweet corn, wheat, fall leaves, or goldfinches.
This predominantly two-tone color scheme updates the classic yellow-and-blue combo to give it a fresh twist. Here, a light yellow on the walls buddies up to a striking cobalt that frames black-and-white photos. Lower in the room, the yellow turns a bit more vibrant on pillows and the lamp base, while the blue gets in touch with its turquoise side. A neutral beige sofa lets this colorful yellow-blue pairing keep all the attention.
While creamy yellow and white provide a soft scheme, a strong accent can create a punch that ensures the pairing won¿t fade into obscurity. Here, chocolate-brown velvet chairs and an animal-print ottoman add depth to an otherwise subtle space. Gold accents, such as the mirror above the fireplace, introduce glamour to the living room.
This lovely room combines sunshine yellow and a light sage to capture the light, breezy feel of a summer's day. The fireplace wall gets extra attention with its contrasting green paint and the clever circular motif that repeats the drapery pattern. The yellow walls lend subtle background color that lets the green accents pop.
Yellow can take on an elegant vibe when the tone is just a step or two up from white. In this airy space, abundant natural light and high ceilings are the stars. The walls serve as a supporting character, painted a shade of butter yellow, as do the subtle yellow accents.
Art galleries know a neutral backdrop lets the artwork shine. This room shows that a neutral background doesn¿t have to be white. A warm yellow wall color emphasizes the hues in this graphic, unframed piece. Lighter shades in subtle yellow-and-white patterns add interest to the white furniture without detracting from the star of the room -- the bold painting.
Yield-light yellow will make visitors come to a full stop when you use it as a bold accent wall. Here, it¿s incorporated with generous doses of white -- on other walls, the ceiling, the sofa, artwork, and tables -- to mitigate the drama. Graphic black accents weave into the scheme to emphasize the geometry of this modern space.
Golden yellow walls lend this living room a sunny disposition. To make the extra-tall room feel less imposing, a band of white trim breaks up the yellow walls and introduces a subtle accent. Another primary color, red, helps the chairs make a bold statement, while the browns in the sofa and window treatments anchor the room's scheme.
Light buttercream yellow unites this large living room. It starts on the walls and echoes in the gingham curtains and the striped rug. The lighter yellow backdrop allows artwork and a lively animal print on the ottoman to take center stage. Adding black accents will give a yellow room more zing. Just be careful not to add so much black that you mimic the decorating equivalent of a bumblebee.
This beach-inspired room introduces a pastel yellow to emphasize the home's peaceful qualities. By pairing the yellow with other pastels, the room relies on pretty patterns to add contrast. Here, the chairs' romantic floral with a yellow background plays off of the couch's graphic plaid, the striped pillows and throw, and the tiny gingham on the ottoman. Tip: Be careful not to overdo pastels, or your room will start looking too cute.