I was in the mood for yellow today – which is telling because yellow is an uplifting colour that I very rarely see in modern homes nowadays.
To start with, yellow is the brightest color of the visible spectrum, and the most noticeable of all colors by the human eye.
It signifies happiness, optimism, fun, creativity, hope, freshness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, a sharp mind, honor, loyalty, joy, wisdom, imagination and cheerfulness. That’s quite a list!
It is the color of sunshine or bright light, is uplifting and illuminating and inspires original thought and inquisitiveness, so it is often said that it’s a colour chosen by the mentally adventurous, who have a sunny and shrewd personality, with a good business head and likes to acquire knowledge and has a strong sense of humor. In chromotherapy, yellow is believed to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
Pretty powerful stuff. On the other hand though, yellow has been associated with cowardice and deceit, although not in a physically tangible way. The colour may also create feelings of frustration and anger so think twice about using it as primary colour in childrens rooms (I read some studies which implied that babies don’t sleep well in yellow rooms!)
Where and When to Use Yellow
With yellow, hue is important. It can be be soft and soothing or dark and brooding. Most commonly, lighter hues of yellow are found in kitchens as it energizes and uplifts a space that is known to be the heart of the home, making it feel welcoming and homely. Darker hues are often found in dining rooms, halls, entries and small spaces, where a room can feel more expansive and welcoming as a result.
In a naturally well lit bedroom consider using yellow as a small accent to define the space and lend ambience.
Regardless of the room, studies have shown that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Babies also seem to cry more in yellow rooms. In large amounts, this color tends to create feelings of frustration and anger.
Working With Yellow
The good news is that yellow works a large range of colors so if you love yellow and are a set on adding it into your home or commercial space consider the following:
- White, ivory, cream and tan all work well to balance sunny yellow
- Try adding sheer white curtains to the windows and simple sand-colored bedding to give the room a softer, more natural look.
- Using a white or cream color for the molding and trim can help temper the brightness of the yellow as well.
- You can also glaze over the yellow paint to help tone done its brightness and achieve a subtler colour.
- Other tricks include adding a small amount of violet.
- Wooden furniture tones down yellow accents
- Add orange or Green to yellow to create more dimension in smaller spaces
At the end of the day, choosing your colours takes time and energy and we are here to help. We have loads of experience we would love to share with you, as well as solid contacts within the decorating community if you are seeking a more specialised approach.