Yellow Living Rooms

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. See how to style the sunny shade with our yellow living room ideas.

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    Boho Yellow

    Yellow is one of many colors featured in this eclectic living room. The yellow walls host a gallery of colorful art, and a pacific blue sofa holds plenty of patterned pillows. Layered rugs soften the space, while yellow living room accessories, like fresh flowers, a lampshade, and throw pillows, incorporate the sunny color scheme throughout.

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    Warm Hues

    This traditional-style living room wows with scarlet accents that stand out among creamy yellow walls and a yellow sofa. Upholstered chairs feature rich patterns that tie the warm red and yellow scheme of the space together. The yellow tones throughout the space complement the warm ivory fireplace surround.

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    Sky High Yellow

    Make yellow a dominant color with this yellow living room idea—paint the trim and beams the sunny hue. The fabrics on the pillows and accent chair pick up the color, as does the area rug. This is one way to brighten a space without making the color too overwhelming.

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    Lemon Accents

    This midcentury modern decor revolves around bold, lemon-yellow wall decor. Browns and blues dominate the space, but a yellow upholstered accent chair brings the scheme together. Shades of yellow also appear on the mantel in artwork and on coffee table accessories.

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    Butter Yellow

    This yellow living room features a soft, buttery yellow accompanied by a relaxing powder blue. Dark wood furniture grounds the light color scheme, while pops of white keep it light and fresh. This look fits perfectly with traditional home decor.

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    Bold Yellow Sofa

    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.

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    Formally Yellow

    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.

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    Barely There Yellow

    This country French sitting room brings in subtle yellow tones with a nailhead sofa and yellow-and-brown patterned curtains. Off-white walls and armchairs blend away in the space, and dark accents ground the light hues. Small gold accents give this design a vintage vibe while also incorporating yellow tones around the room.

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    Traditional Gold

    This traditional living room has many shades of yellow in many patterns and textures. A soft yellow rug gives the space a color foundation. A cream accent chair adds light yellow to the space, while mustard and olive curtains add depth to the scheme. An amber cabinet adds even more variety.

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    New Neutral

    This yellow living room idea walks the line between yellow and tan well, making the yellow an easy neutral to add to. The light chaise and yellow lamps play up the gold accents throughout the space. White woodwork contrasts dark wood floors to strike the perfect balance.

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    Subtle Color

    Bring yellow living room decor into your home without letting it take over. This space marries dark wood furnishings with light yellow textiles for a balanced and subtle look. Muted patterns and colors carry throughout the space thanks to accessories like yellow wall art and coffee table accents.

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    Buttercream Walls

    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 yellow wall decor 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.

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    Mod Mustard

    In a mostly neutral living room, a mustard yellow couch steals the show. Gold accents, like the coffee table and frames on the walls, mimic the yellow tones of the sofa. By keeping the walls, floor, and light fixtures neutral, this space makes yellow the star without being overwhelming.

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    Liven Up

    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.

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    Retro Update

    This bright living room brings a 1960s color scheme into the modern era. A tufted butterscotch sofa brings out the yellow tones in the chevron window treatments. Gray and yellow striped chairs bring neutral tones to the deep tones of the rest of the decor.

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    Cheerful Yellow

    For an outdoors-inspired space, start with a sunny yellow wall color. Incorporate sky blue and grass green accents to complete the yellow color scheme. Doses of white, in trimwork and ceramic accents, lend a crisp edge to the natural look.

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    Modern Vintage

    This gray and yellow living room idea features bold pattern and texture. A yellow buffalo check sofa updates vintage style, while solid yellow window treatments soften a busy gray and white wallpaper pattern. A gold chandelier and side table stick with the traditional look, while electric blue glass accents add modern contrast.

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    Frame Bright Art in Yellow

    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.

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    Muted Yellow

    This gray and yellow living room marries mellowed tones to create a warm and inviting space. Tall curtains add drama and lead the eye up to the natural wood beams. Gray and yellow wall art carries the color of the armchairs around the space. 

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    Creamy Yellow Canvas

    Wondering how to decorate a room with yellow walls? Make the floor match, and let the furniture bring something new to the space. Here, a yellow floor rug blends with yellow walls to create a blank canvas for furnishings. A blue sofa and red-and-white accent fabrics bring in all three primary colors without looking elementary.

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    Accent Wall

    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.

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