Color Roundup: Yellow…Mellow or Bold, It’s a Happy Hue


Field of yellow tulips from the Tulip Festival in Skagit County, WA

A field of yellow tulips from Scene From My Eyes blog

I’ve been in love with yellow my whole life.  I have such memories of my favorite summer dress as a child and it was a pale creamy yellow ground with yellow flowers all over it.  I can still envision it in my head and I remember longing for it long after I outgrew it. My favorite rose color – yup, yellow. I even had to get myself some yellow (ok…blonde) hair 15 years ago! Ok – it helped to cover the gray – but let’s not go there!

pale yellow bathtub in a pale pink bathroom

Yellow is a great accent color

Splash yellow in your room for just the right amount of lift. It always adds a happy note.  Who wouldn’t want to take a bath in the bathtub made by English company Catchpole and Rye above?

Using the color yellow as an accent color in interior design

The mantle above comes alive with the bright yellow accessories and daffodils. Imagine the room on the right via Martha Stewart without the yellow/gold artwork and other yellow accessories.  It would be pretty boring!

Here are some other yellow favorites I’ve been saving in my Inspiration Folder…

Yellow door, yellow bench and yellow accessories

In rainy Seattle (I know ’cause I lived there!), you need a little yellow to brighten your day. Via Apartment Therapy


Old fashioned bedroom with yellow walls and decorative painting

Old world charm re-interpreted by Diane Burn with yellow walls and decorative painting

Using yellow in interior design. A yellow striped bath and a yellow entry with decorative painting

Two beautiful yellow rooms by the Jeffers Design Group

A beautiful yellow hued kitchen by designer "Barry Dixon"

Yellow is a natural for a kitchen…from designer Barry Dixon

the color yellow used in an upstairs landing via Martha Stewart

Yellow is a great color to use in passthrough spaces. It’s great in upstairs landings that don’t get a lot of light. Via Martha Stewart blog

Pratt & Lambert color Premium Yellow used in a winter porch

Bright Premium Yellow by Pratt and Lambert can warm up a wintery morning. Via Country Living

Soft yellow entryway designed by interior designer, Gerri Bremmerman. From the Cote de Texas blog

A soft yellow entryway, designed by Gerri Bremmerman, Via Cote de Texas

A soft yellow bedroom

From the Eclectic Revisited blog, a soft yellow bedroom with a soothing yellow patterned wallpaper

And finally, I will leave you with two different versions of yellow that I did – one in my office, a soft buttery yellow Venetian Plaster and a closeup of a Tuscan plaster that I did in a bath.  The Venetian Plaster in my office is great because I have no windows in this room (only skylights) but the color, lightness and sheen from the walls help brighten the room!

two different kinds of plaster. Venetian Plaster in a buttery yellow and a Tuscan Plaster

Two ways of incorporating yellow in plaster form in your home. A soft Venetian Plaster on the left and a more rustic Tuscan plaster on the right

Hope you enjoyed this post about one of my favorite colors.  Have you used yellow lately in one of your rooms?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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2 Responses to Color Roundup: Yellow…Mellow or Bold, It’s a Happy Hue

  1. Janet W. says:

    Love, love, love your blog..this color would brighten anyone’s spirits. Thanks for such great ideas! Janet W.

  2. Ian Edmonson says:

    I didn’t expect that yellow will look great as the main color in decorating the house. It looks refreshing with white.

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