Yellow scares me a bit. Many websites will tell you how hard it is to use. And yet – a yellow room can be up-lifting and stunning. I think this is partly because they are so rare.
For me yellow is hard to use because it is so bright, and can so easily take over. Plus I live in a hot climate so I do not need more hotness around me. It needs to be toned down (made lighter and/or less saturated) or used in small doses with lots of neutrals.
However, like all the other colours, there are many varieties of yellow – bright, murky, clear or soft. Yellow that heads towards green is cool (and even icy), and yellow that heads towards orange is warm. Easy to see when they are right next to each other – much harder if they on separate items in different parts of town!
Doesn’t yellow behave mysteriously when it becomes less saturated? Those light unsaturated yellows are beautiful and complex neutrals that would rarely be identified as “yellow”. Unsaturated dark yellow? Sludge. Or Mud. How I would love to see those names on a paint chart!
Here are some Mydeco products covering a range of yellows -
I have also collected some amazing yellow rooms from around Mydeco. (And there’s a bunch more I saved on Pinterest)
Yellow with white
This is the room that initiated this post. What an impeccable use of yellow. So friendly and fresh.
If you like things a little quieter these rooms might suit you.
Yellow with Black
I don’t do many yellow rooms, but apparently I like yellow with black!
A much more modern vibe in this stunning room (note the same rug as above) -
Yellow with wood
Yellow with wood is very classy if it is the right colour.
Yellow with grey
Possibly my favourite combination.
When too much yellow is not enough…but the wide range of yellows makes them work.
Yellow with colour
I didn’t find many rooms where yellow featured with other colours, but I do like my bright blue and yellow version -
This room successfully uses yellow and red/orange – a very unusual but effective combination.
Now this is where it gets VERY interesting. Unsaturated yellow is quite a different animal. I would call it Olive or Avocado. It’s hardly identifiable as yellow at all. But look at the colour from the sofa, at full saturation. Very definitely yellow.
And another one….
There’s so much more to yellow than meets the eye.