Yel­low a bright choice when dec­o­rat­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -


Homes with yel­low front doors tend to sell bet­ter than those with other colours. In gen­eral, yel­low is a wel­com­ing, pos­i­tive colour. In the home Our first fea­ture pho­to­graph, cour­tesy of Kohler, shows a cheer­ful yel­low bath­room. The wall colour is vis­ually ex­pan­sive, mak­ing this tiny space feel a bit larger. It’s bright and sunny and gives you an in­stant feel­ing of gen­eral well­ness. While this par­tic­u­lar wall colour is fairly strong, it’s not an is­sue in a room in which you’re not spend­ing tons of time. Small doses of strong yel­low can make for a very vis­ually dra­matic space.

Our sec­ond pho­to­graph, cour­tesy of CIL paints, shows a vi­brant yel­low, pared with black and white ac­cents. This is a dra­matic, vi­brant space that is mod­ern and vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing. These two dif­fer­ent shades of yel­low send very dif­fer­ent vis­ual mes­sages.

Yel­low works well in kitchens, bath­rooms and din­ing rooms. It’s also great for hall­ways and en­try­ways. Home of­fices or study spa­ces can use softer shades of yel­low with pos­i­tive re­sults. North-fac­ing rooms or rooms lack­ing nat­u­ral light may also ben­e­fit from yel­low’s re­flec­tive qual­i­ties. Yel­low is not very rest­ful for a bed­room. While I think about my own colour choices at this point I re­al­ize that I grav­i­tated to­ward golden yel­low for my hall­way and home of­fice when I re­dec­o­rated them a while back. I’m sure that the pros of this colour were an un­der­ly­ing fac­tor in my choice. I re­ally love the colour in these two spa­ces and find that they bal­ance well with the red-toned wood trim in my older home.

While yel­low is not for ev­ery­one it can be used in smaller doses to elicit its pos­i­tive traits. Ac­cents in yel­low can bring punches of sunny colour to your decor. Flow­ers, art­work and cheer­ful yel­low up­hol­stery can be great touches to most any colour pal­ette.

Keep­ing in mind all of the pros and cons of yel­low, your per­sonal re­sponse to this sunny colour is what you should base your colour de­ci­sion on. Ev­ery­one re­acts to spe­cific colours dif­fer­ently. You may find cit­rus yel­lows to be in­vig­o­rat­ing while oth­ers may find them in­tim­i­dat­ing, for ex­am­ple. Make note of how you ‘feel’ when you find a colour that is to your lik­ing.

Next week we’ll look at an­other pri­mary colour; red.. This is one of my favourites and it should be fas­ci­nat­ing to find out what feel­ing it in­duces. Stay tuned.

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