How to Brighten Your Day with Pops of Yellow

Bright, citrusy yellow is a great way to brighten your rooms – but you don’t have to douse the room in it.  Use yellow to make a bold statement by using it to *pop* in your space.  Here’s a few ways how:  Take a neutral room like this one, and simply add a couple of bold yellow chairs or lamps.

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Find a piece of furniture that needs an update and paint it bright yellow.  Look how great bright yellow pairs with  blues – what a great way to make a traditional room look instantly current.

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I’m not talking butter yellow, folks.  To make this combo current you have to think vivid, saturated, caution- light yellow.  Here’s the other side of the same room:

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Wowza.  Painting these interior doors sunny yellow was a ba-rilliant move.

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Saturated yellow looks especially current with all the grays that are dominating the decor scene.

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Sometimes just a fabulous piece of art can give you that pop of color you are looking for.  This lovely portrait is actually what inspired me to write this post (thanks, Jean!).

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Not sure why her hand is blue, but these colors are FABULOUS.  What do you think of this take on yellow?

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17 thoughts on “How to Brighten Your Day with Pops of Yellow

  1. Naturally Carol says:

    Definitely a favourite colour of mine right now…I just made a yellow cushion with a contrast panel of grey! I love grey and orange too…and I love that exact shade of yellow you show too…perfect for each of those rooms.

  2. Amy says:

    You should post old “before” pictures of my house as a great example of the yellow you are NOT talking about! ha! Seriously, I have always loved blue and yellow together and this helps me see how to take that classic combo and make it very hip and current.

  3. Heather says:

    Its interesting to me how we have strayed away from gold or butter yellow walls as much from 5-10 years ago and new interiors are using this more acidic hue for special pops. I love that glossy yellow buffet and I love how it looks but don’t know if I could ever do it for myself. I am really loving the color scheme of the painting though.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      well, vintage usually means faded – so bright citrus colors usually look a little out of place in homes like yours and mine!!! but i think that portrait would fit right in, don’t you?

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