A Shot of Sun

Yellow mimics the sun, making us feel warm and happy. It’s a great color for kitchens, breakfast nooks, bathrooms or small spaces. Consider it also for an entryway or hallway since it’s such a welcoming hue.

Pale yellow pairs beautifully with blues and browns; use darker yellows with grays and whites. Large doses of bright yellow can trigger anxiety, so use this color sparingly throughout the home.

Tip: Depending on the light, yellow can be a tricky color to get right. Invest in a sample.

Benjamin Moore August Morning
Benjamin Moore August Morning

“This bold yellow is part of a color collection that brings spaces to life. Perfect for a small room. It pairs beautifully with creams.”

— Tula Summerford

Farrow and Ball India Yellow #66
Farrow and Ball India Yellow #66

“This spicy hue invites exotic elegance into your home. Paired with crisp, white trim and molding, this earthy yellow can really pop. Or use as a striking backdrop for dark wood tones and natural stone materials (think rich walnut and honed marble accents). Light turquoise and gold accessories will give it the worldly feel that transitions easily with each season.”

— Ashley Rummage, A Grace Interiors

Amy Howard One Step Paint in Mollie Yellow
Amy Howard One Step Paint in Mollie Yellow

“Mollie Yellow is a soft, creamy yellow that makes a great understated option. It’s the perfect soft yellow that can make any piece in your home a statement piece.”

— Laurie Ledbetter, Affordable Chic

Benjamin Moore Golden Straw
Benjamin Moore Golden Straw

“Golden straw changes in different light and has a subtle golden glow. It is a softer yellow tone, rather than a bright sunshine yellow, making it perfect for larger rooms.”

— Katherine Connell, Katherine Connell Interior Design

Sherwin Williams Gambol Gold
Sherwin Williams Gambol Gold

“We have seen an explosion of bold brushed golds in home furnishings and accessories that add a pop to a room or an outfit! Gone are the creamy, buttery yellows. It’s all about the pop of gold in fabrics, metals and even metallic wood finishes. Gambol Gold is a go-to paint color for this look. This color is most exciting as the secondary color when paired with bold navy blues or deep shades of gray and, of course, fresh shades of whites.”

— Carole Hollowell, Designer/Owner Carole Hollowell Interiors

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