When I was a kid we always had a yellow kitchen. No matter where we moved to, my Mom would always paint the kitchen a bright sunny or muted butter yellow. I remember thinking I wanted her to try a different color just to be different, but yellow it was.
I've grown very fond of yellow, very fond indeed. I use it all the time in my designs from furniture to rooms. It can really transform a space. The right hue and balance of the color can
turn the ordinary into the biggest "WOW" room you've ever seen.
Ready to paint ceiling medallions from your local hardware store can be hung on a neutral wall for an easy, no-fear way to add the bright stuff. Follow that thought with a new accent pillow and a few other accessories and you've got yourself a new living space.
Awesome awesomeness all the way around.
We all know the importance of lighting, why not play with the color? Yellow lamps are bright even when their not on. The look can go from modern to traditional (or my personal favorite, the mix) based on hue, style and how you use them.
Don't feel like pulling a yellow cab into your home? Use the shiny chrome stuff in your furnishings. A little goes a long way, but don't wimp out...make it a bold statement,
follow through with purpose and watch the room take off!
Just by adding a rug in a citron yellow can make all the difference. Suddenly, the sofa that's been looking a little schlubby feels like a new piece of furniture.
The graphic punch of white with yellow can't help but make you feel better. Seriously. I'm telling you that if you put that combination in your room (add a bit of black or dark woods to ground everything) you're going to fall in love with your space all over again, or maybe for the first time.
Using gray as a neutralizer is a fantastic way to warm up to yellow. The contrast isn't only eye-popping, it's instantly classic.
They key is balance.
If you're not sure or just beginning to feel like you can make bold color choices, start out with a color palette you are comfortable with. Then, start adding the bolder choices in ways that are
simple (i.e. throws, area rugs, pillows, lamp shades, accessories, etc) as you begin to see how your room feels more balanced, you'll gain more confidence in your decisions. The best way to know what works is to try it--planning, sketching and making a paper layout can only take you so far.
Draping a little yellow over your existing white bedding can be just enough to energize, brighten and make the furniture you have look like new.
You already know about my love of stripes and here they're used to awesome effect.
Adding the crisp white and the right amount of dark gray balance the whole room out.
New Traditional in a dramatic yet familiar way. Even though the rooms here may not be for everyone, they are a great study in how color can really set a mood. When going after a bold color statement, it's best to really embrace it--when you do, it feels deliberate and right. When you don't, the look seems unfinished and unsure.