Why & How to Use Yellow
Lately I’ve been thinking about how to use yellow in the home because I’ve been crushing pretty hard on the color. I don’t know if it’s because I long for Spring to arrive in southern Indiana, or if my color tastes are actually shifting. Regardless, yellow is a color to respect for both its soft, sunny disposition as well as its ability to surprise even the most ardent yellow lover with disastrous fluorescent results.
Because yellows are associated by many as cheerful and welcoming, they have a large legion of fans. As a person that has trouble with the gray dreary days of winter, I know that the right soft yellow can act as a wonderful “pick me up”. I also know how easy it is to move into the realm of overwhelm with yellow which is why I’m offering you a specific wall color suggestion.
If light sunny yellow walls is what you’re looking for, please check out Benjamin Moore’s AF-330 Soleil from their Affinity Collection. It is my absolute all time favorite yellow paint color.
While I’ve built my reputation as a paint color expert, my general preference isn’t to use yellow on walls. In fact, I prefer to interject it into a room through fabrics and room accessories. For that reason, I went shopping at two retail home goods stores that can be widely found throughout the US (and of course, online).
In Bloomington Indiana, we have both a Target and Pier 1 Imports store where cute items can be found at reasonable prices. Thus, this post is devoted to how to use yellow in your home NOW with foolproof items found currently in these stores. Enjoy!
How to Use Yellow in Your Living Room
Because yellow combines nicely with many colors (think blues, greens, reds, corals, and many others) it shouldn’t be difficult to add yellow accents to your existing color scheme. Cute pillows featuring yellow PLUS some of the other colors from your current color scheme would be a quick and easy update. The benefit of these particular pillows is that they feature indoor/outdoor fabric allowing you to move them to your deck or porch once the weather turns.
Product links: yellow lumbar pillow, floral print pillow.
Soft sofa throws are another easy way to add a bit of sunshine to a living room. The chenille versions I found at Pier 1 Imports are especially nice. While there, I fell in love with the adorable birds on a branch pillow that goes so perfectly with the yellow throw. A pair of them would be a sweet way to add a bit of whimsy to a room!
Introducing color (in this case yellow) into a room through candles is a no-brainer decision. And, the honeysuckle fragrance these Pier 1 Imports candles impart is divine! Product links: pillar candles, layered pillar candles, and decorative reed diffuser.
Simple curtain panels would be another excellent yellow (in this case a bit more gold) addition to a living room. I especially like the middle panel as it adds both color and pattern to the room. Product links: dark solid, pattern, light solid.
Feast your eyes on this awesome Pier 1 Imports chair. I adore the fabric so much that I’ve been thinking of ways to incorporate it into my home. It’s a petite chair, but the character (and color!) it could add to a room is immense!
How to Use Yellow in Your Kitchen
Adding yellow accents to a kitchen is surprisingly simple. Think outside the decor box and add items that will actually be used. Take, for instance, these yellow bowls and plates from the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection from Target.
These pretty butterfly melamine plates are pretty enough for everyday use, but would be perfect for backyard barbecues.
I think these adorable puffer fish melamine plates are almost too cute to eat off of. In fact, why not display one or two (like a momma and her baby as shown here) in your kitchen?
How to Use Yellow in Your Bathroom
Soft yellow decanters are practical as they are pretty.
And, my favorite way to add color to any room is through art (fine or novelty). It adds so much character to a room that I’m always on the lookout for another piece to add to my collection.
How I Once Misused Yellow…
I hope you’ve been inspired to add some yellow to your home. Whether you try my favorite yellow paint color, or add sweet yellow plates to eat your meals from, yellow is a great way to brighten and lighten up your home.
If you’re interested in reading about my biggest yellow mishap, check out this guest blog where I describe my mistake in great detail. Or, if you’d like more ideas how to add yellow to your specific home, you can contact me here.