Color Guide: How to Use Bright Yellow

There is a reason that the classic happy-face design is bright yellowish; it’s the cheeriest colour in the spectrum. It is the colour of sunshine, buttercups, lemons and dandelions.

In decorating bright yellow is frequently relegated to accessories. And no one is complaining about lemon yellow throw pillows or kitchen appliances; the colour works good as a focal point. But it does need to be used sparingly. In fact, you can set it anywhere — so long as you have a fantastic plan. Yellow will draw on the eye and eventually become an automatic focus.

Yellow’s perfect colour wheel date is purple, purple or indigo. It looks smashing with cool grays, navy blue and eggplant. Yellow also pairs well with other citrus tones (greens and oranges).

Bright yellow can slide between green and orange hues. Many yellows in decoration are inclined to be on the other hand, with peachy undertones. However there is lots of space for green-yellows too, especially in midcentury modern and contemporary modern design.

AIA, Mark English Architects

The Greens

A bright yellow (with lots of green inside) wakes up this kitchen, making it seem fresh and modern. Envision these walls in beige — see how boring that would be?

Ida Lifestyle

Yellow, especially green-yellow, and turquoise are a match made in heaven.

Heather Knight

More turquoise and yellow.

Tara Bussema – Neat Organization and Design

Blue gray with a light, cooldab. It adds a little heat and a wonderful focus. Delish.

Mark English Architects, AIA

An extremely modern greenish yellowish on a very modern landscape design. A warm yellowish wouldn’t have worked too with those lines and angles.

Gallagher Home Builders, Inc..

Bright citrus hues modernize this Craftsman detail whilst still paying respect to its lovely lines.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

Who says ceilings need to be white? This lemon yellow ceiling in an all-white kitchen is so fresh and modern and lush. Positive vibes only in a space like this.

Sherwin-Williams

Lively Yellow Paint

This very green yellowish almost walks the line between the 2 colors, but on a wall it reads as yellowish.

Benjamin Moore

Lemon Grass Paint

Another green-yellow that would be great with other citrus colors.

Erika Bierman Photography

The Warm Yellows

Warm yellow adds a glow to this eclectic living room and works well with the dollops of charcoal, orange and teal.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Gray and bright yellow are the perfect couple. One is bright and outgoing, the other serious and solid. Together they’re all things rolled into one.

Elad Gonen

These lemon yellow seats are the perfect splash from this dark, neutral dining room. They add immediate attention and look good from the very warm, nearly brown gray walls.

Deep, vivid yellowish with warm, rich earth tones. I love this mix of modern and rustic, and the yellowish adds some playfulness to the entire shebang.

1800Lighting

Vintage lines don’t aways have to stick to neutrals and pastels. A very conventional room (check out the columns) in playful yellow and purple is a nice surprise.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

A bright and incredibly daring yellow looks magnificent with a hot magenta and a darker eggplant.

Lizette Marie Interior Design

Warm, nearly ocher vertical subway tiles. Cozy and modern all at one time.

Benjamin Moore

Bold Yellow Paint

A bright yellow that is true. Do not be afraid!

Lowe’s

Valspar Lemon Parfait Paint

So hot, it’s nearly peach.

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