Saturday, March 4, 2017

bring on the sunshine

After this gray and chilly winter, I'm ready for a little sunshine!  And even though spring is around the corner, there are no guarantees we'll see the sun in the northwest anytime soon.  So today, it's all about yellow.

Decorating with yellow is a great way to brighten up a space - whether with paint, fabric or a few 'golden' accessories. Yellow is the easiest color for the human eye to see and it is the one color people who are color blind can usually see. Yellow stimulates your memory, nervous system, mental process, and encourages communication.

I love how this sunny yellow chair
brightens up this moody corner!

Yellow can be bright-and-sunnysoft-and-butterybold-to-subtle, bright-to-dull, and big-to-little depending on how you use it, where you use it, and the tone you choose. 

Let's bring a little sunshine into your home, shall we?

ADD TOUCHES OF YELLOW - using pillows, drapery, rugs, and painted pieces
If you're not ready to fully commit to yellow, try adding yellow accessories to brighten up your interiors. 

Add a pillow to your neutral interiors for a pop of sun!
Pretty fabric at the window and corner
chair add some liquid happiness to this room!
Paint the back wall of a book shelf or cabinet.
Who doesn't like walking on sunshine?
Paint one piece of furniture yellow for drama!
A cheery front door makes a welcoming statement.

Have you ever noticed that certain colors work better in certain rooms? Yellow, for example, works particularly well in kitchens, baths, laundry and kids/nursery rooms.

This ultra charming farmhouse kitchen screams
yellow cake with buttercream frosting! YUM!
Painting the vintage tub yellow and adding fabric
at the window turns up the WOW in this classic bath

Yellow makes housework happy!
(ok, maybe not happy, but more pleasant?)

Love this wallpaper and the color of the tile!

Yellow is so versatile - it can go BOLD ...

... or subtle!


Yellow works well with red - such a classic!
Another classic - yellow and navy!
Yellow blends with light greens and yummy corals.
Yellow works well with gray and oyster.
Yellow works well with black!
Depending on the tone, yellow works well
with colors like teal/peacock/aqua blue,
And yellow just works with yellow!

Ready to go all in? Choosing the right shade of yellow will be your key. Check out these colors to see which one is right for your current interiors, keeping in mind the amount of natural light in your room and how it feels at night. 

Hawthorne Yellow by Benjamin Moore
Butter Up by Sherwin Williams

Babouche by Farrow & Ball
Caramel Honey by Valspar

Butter Milk by Benjamin Moore

Sun Rays by Glidden

Summer Sunflower by Sherwin Williams
Roasted Chestnut by Valspar


Such a pretty blend of traditional and contemporary -
this yellow is a beautiful back drop to the teal runner,
dark blue door, ebony floors and rails, and white trim!
A pretty statement on cabinets!
So sunny - I'm not sure I would leave!
I appreciate (& love) the subtlety of this vignette!

My personal preference is a dialed back yellow, more of a mustard color and warm tones. Here's how I've incorporated yellow into my own home -

We wallpapered our tiny powder room
in this beautiful paper by Osborne & Little
and used fabrics in our living room!

I hope this has brightened your day, it sure has mine!

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur

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