Yellow a bright choice when decorating
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.