Yellow. Is. Everywhere. It’s a color that is classic. It is striking, but it’s a little scary to use Yellow in everyday life because it attracts attention, both good and bad. This is a color that’s joyful and filled with power.
Humans are naturally drawn to yellow as it is the color of sunlight and warmth. It was found in the Lascaux Caves in France, making it one of the earliest colors used in art. Ancient Egyptians considered it imperishable, eternal and indestructible. In Asian countries, Yellow is the color most associated with happiness, glory, harmony, and wisdom.
There is a reason that the words “brilliant” and “bright” also mean smart and wise. That reason is the color Yellow. These days, this color is everywhere – and not just on warning signs. It’s such a nice ochre variation that’s out right now, too, not too bright, not too dark. Yellow reads as earthy and bright at the same time.
I fully support this current popularity. I grew up in a yellow house, I painted my first two apartment kitchens yellow, and I carried a yellow bouquet at my wedding.
This hue is great in combo with many other colors, as long as they are at the same level of saturation as the hue you’ve chosen. If you’d like to better understand how this color relates to the others on the wheel and how to determine saturation, you can read my rundown on talking about color here.
So let’s talk about some small ways to add this hue to your color palette, interior or event, right now. Keep it simple, keep it fresh, keep it fun.
Brightening up your front porch and entry door is the easiest way to use yellow on your exterior. These things are a quick hit of friendly color to welcome your guests. However, I would recommend no more than two of these at a time, though.
Again, I would recommend this color in small doses to start. Even one of these things can be enough to bring a bright sunny disposition to your room. Yellow can also be absolutely beautiful as an accent wall, but it can be tricky to get just right. I can help you pick the right color for your space.
My favorite place to use yellow? Events. It’s just gorgeous and works for so many different styles and occasions. It blends well with so many other colors, it’s versatility can’t be matched. This is the time to really go for it – be bold, be brave. Be happy.
May your day be filled with sunshine and happiness.
Color doesn’t have to be a challenge.
With my training and experience, you can have confidence in your final selection.
We will get it right, together.