Using Color in Your Home Interior: Yellow

Mar 20, 2012

banana, cadmium, chartreuse, chiffon, cream, golden,

goldenrod, khaki, lemon, saffron, topaz, ocher

We have covered red, blue and now yellow, all know as primary colors, meaning all colors can be created by mixing these 3 colors and adding white or black to make them lighter or darker. Whether contemporary or traditional, yellow can really brighten up a room making it friendly, warm and welcoming.

Yellow makes me think of sunshine. On the color spectrum it is one of the warm colors that, like all colors, has conflicting symbolism. On the one hand it denotes happiness and joy but on the other hand yellow is the color of cowardice and deceit.

The subconscious effects of yellow are numerous, it stimulates digestion and circulation, raises alertness, sharpens memory, inspires imagination/creativity  and raises spirits. Like all good things, too much yellow has a negative effect and can increases hostility and irritability. Color researchers believe the color yellow strengthens overall well-being and increases self-esteem.



What shade comes to your mind when you think yellow?

  • cream, yellow mixed with a lot of white, is an extremely popular color as it is warm but not overpowering and can be mixed with almost any other color
  • use lemon yellow to create a crisp, lively, summery feel for an outdoor space
  • when red or orange are too strong or too dark, use bright yellow to create an exciting room
  • golden-yellow or ocher are great forms of yellow for a Mediterranean home creating warmth and depth
  • chartreuse is an excellent accent color for contemporary homes, giving a crisp, fresh and clean feel
  • shades of yellow can be used in place of gold when a metallic isn’t desirable
  • khaki is a form of yellow, we all know that khaki is a wonderful ground to any accent color you may be using
  • Very pale yellows can work as neutrals alongside darker or richer color.


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