Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow

The sun is out, and everyone’s moods have been magically lifted! Don’t you wish your home would be able to inspire the same cheer that a beautifully sunny day manages to evoke?

Good news: it can. Adding yellow to your house helps bring in the sunshine, even on dreary gray days. Here’s how to do it right:

Adding yellow to a bedroom is a delicate balancing act. It can breathe life into an otherwise bland room, but too much stimulation is obviously not recommended in a sleeping area. Incorporate pillows, lamps, throws, and smaller pieces of furniture in yellow (mixed liberally with neutrals) to brighten up a bedroom, or paint walls a more subdued shade of the color.

beach style bedroom Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
eclectic bedroom Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
eclectic bedroom Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
traditional bedroom Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
Follow the same rules when using yellow in a bathroom. Too much and you’ll want to shield your eyes when you stumble in to brush your teeth in the morning.
modern bathroom Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
modern bathroom Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
contemporary bathroom Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
contemporary bathroom Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
Yellow is perfect for kids’ spaces, and not just gender-neutral nurseries (though it certainly works there too). It’s fun, cheerful, and all-around kiddy; plus, it’s neither “too girly” nor “a boy color” and is mature enough for tweens and teens as they grow up.
contemporary kids Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
contemporary kids Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
traditional kids Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
eclectic kids Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
Yellow kitchens are something of the past, to be avoided at all costs (Harvest Gold, anyone?), right?

Wrong! And these sunny specimens are here to prove it.

farmhouse kitchen Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
rustic kitchen Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
A yellow kitchen tends to give off a retro or country vibe, but it doesn’t have to:
contemporary kitchen Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
contemporary kitchen Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
modern kitchen Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
While yellow may seem like a more casual color, it can be adapted to make a dramatic yet elegant statement in more formal areas throughout the house.
contemporary dining room Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
eclectic family room Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
modern living room Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
contemporary living room Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
contemporary dining room Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
A basic rule of thumb for yellow is not to overdo it. Yellow, like other bright colors, will be overwhelming when used exceedingly; try it as an accent or one great statement piece, like a light fixture, chair, or sink.
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Dainolite Yellow Mosaic Pendant

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Xylem Yellow Tiered Round Glass Vessel

contemporary kids Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
And it goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that yellow is an excellent color for outdoor spaces. Just don’t paint your entire house with it!
beach style porch Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
modern patio Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
transitional porch Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow
midcentury exterior Color of the Month: Decorating with Yellow

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