Get Your Color On! Yellows

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Yellow is quite the powerful color. It's inspired many songs in various music genres, is a color guaranteed to grab your attention, and is symbolic of wisdom and optimism. My inspiration for this current post of Get Your Color On! is the abundance of sunshine and warmth we've had here in northwest Ohio. With summer on its way, it's the perfect time to celebrate yellow by decorating with it. Because yellow is a very stimulating hue, it can be tricky to decorate with. It comes in a spectrum of shades that can spark a variety of moods in our homes. Creamy, pale hues like buttercup evoke a sense of happy calmness, while saturated yellows like lemon or schoolbus yellow inject energy and cheer into a space. Continue reading for my tips on using this color in your home, decor projects & tutorials from other bloggers, and my personal selections of yellow decor items.

While we have a tendency to associate joy and optimism with yellow, this color can bring about frustration and irritation to some. Because of this, you must be careful in how you decorate with it.

If you like the color but are unsure how much you should use in your decor, start out slow. Purchase these hand-picked fabrics and accessories or use them as inspiration for adding dashes of yellow to your space:

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Check out how Estéfi from Handmade Charlotte created this wall art with yellow thread. It’s a wonderfully simple DIY decor project that can add a lovely amount of brightness to a room.

Painting a lampbase is a pretty easy and standard DIY project. But Kiki from Kiki and Company took it one step further, adding a floral pattern to her lampbase with paint markers. What a great way to personalize your decor!

Kiki and company DIY painted yellow lampbase floral pattern paint markers

If you’d like to draw more attention to a piece, paint it in yellow. This can be done in a multitude of shades, ranging from a mellow yellow like Krista of The Happy Housie used for her side table makeover

DIY Chalk Paint Side Table creamy yellow furniture makeover Happy Housie

… to a mustard yellow like Helen from Picked and Painted selected for her revamped buffet

… to a traditional yellow full of saturation, like Jenny of The Homemade Diva painted her vintage dresser with.

Also, check out these options for indoor and outdoor furniture:

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Yellow is a great color for sparking creativity, which is why I love that Jonie of Just Between Friends painted her pegboard with it in her craft room makeover. Also note how this creamy shade of yellow plays well with the other pastels in her space.

Jacky from Small Home Love also added pops of yellow (and pattern) to her space with these DIY painted magazine files. I like the straw shade she chose for the zebra stripes—this yellow is bright, but not overly saturated.

Also, check out another DIY method of adding yellow with a print, like Amy from The Blissful Bee did with her painted chevron curtains. Chevron always looks fresh and modern when done in yellow. Be sure to check out her tutorial if you’d like to makeover your room with this awesome update.

The Blissful Bee DIY yellow chevron painted curtains makeover

I’m crazy for decorating with large doses of color, but wouldn’t recommend a lot of yellow unless it’s a sure favorite of yours. If you want to commit more to this vibrant color, check out the examples below.

I love this bathroom that was decorated in tiles of ochre and gold, decorated by Lizette Marie Interior Design. It’s not a color we commonly associate with bathrooms, which is why I dig it.

LM Interior Design gold ochre subway tile bathroom mosaic(source)

Painting a door is also an option for adding a powerful punch of yellow. This vivid hue coordinates very well with the modern and vintage decor of this living room.

Yellow front door living room modern decor(source)

Yellow is thought to increase the metabolism, making it a perfect choice for dining rooms and kitchens. At one point when I lived at home, our kitchen was painted in a soft yellow. It was my favorite color for that room because it felt perfect for cooking and eating.


Another way you can decorate with yellow in the kitchen is by painting your cabinets or island in this sunny color.

Yellow kitchen island BHG(source)

Don’t forget to coordinate your dining decor as well. Kim of Curtain Queen created these yellow rose napkin rings with fabric and ribbon. These small details help tie in the color scheme and are a way to show off personality.

The exterior of your home also loves yellow! In fact, yellow can be used more freely outdoors, as you aren’t likely to be around it 24-7. Check out a great example of this with Tuula from The Thrifty Rebel’s DIY birdbath. She repurposed and painted a wood vase to create this lovely item.

Lastly, check out how Jen from Tatertots & Jello made over this garden bench with yellow and white spray paint. The stripes and bursts of sunny yellow are the perfect complement to the outdoors.

Tater Tots and Jello paint makeover krylon garden bench with pillow yellow and white

For those awesome bloggers whose projects I featured, feel free to grab my Get Your Color On! button in the sidebar. Thanks for sharing your creativity with the world!

What’s your take on decorating with yellow? Do you currently have a space that uses this color? What’s your favorite shade of yellow?

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22 Comments on Get Your Color On! Yellows

  1. Yay! Thanks so much for featuring my yellow dresser! I’m super proud of it, and I’m glad someone else likes it as much as I do! :o) Great series! Can’t wait to see more!

  2. Angela, Thanks for featuring my mustard yellow buffet!!! You picked a lot of pretty yellow things. I’m honored to be included!
    Picked & Painted

  3. Hi, Angela! Thank you for featuring my napkin rings. I enjoyed reading your advice about decorating with yellow, and you’ve sparked an idea for something to add to my landscape. Everything you included here is lovely and unique. You made my day! 🙂

  4. Hi Angela! Thanks so much for featuring my bird bath! I just love the cheerfulness of yellow, and you have many fabulous examples of that. I’m just thrilled to be included!

  5. Yellow is my favorite accent color. It pops with ALL colors!

  6. ohioterp56 // 05/20/2013 at 2:38 PM // Reply

    Hi Angie, Thanks for mentioning our old kitchen here. I always felt the yellow was a cheerful, sunny color for a room that didn’t get much natural sunlight. The yellow in our spare bedroom was intended to be cheerful too, for the granddaughter’s visits. Love reading your articles!

    On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM, Creative Blossoming wrote:

    > ** > Angela @ posted: ” Yellow is quite the powerful > color. It’s inspired many songs in various music genres, is a color > guaranteed to grab your attention, and is symbolic of wisdom and optimism. > My inspiration for this current post of Get Your Color On! is the abundance > of”

  7. Thanks so much for the feature!!!


  8. lindanortje // 05/21/2013 at 1:46 AM // Reply

    Thank you for this post! I am thinking of adding yellow accents to my mainly grey living room, but had my doubts. You gave me some inspiration !

    With A Blast

  9. I love these examples, I think yellow is a very under utilized color!
    We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Two Girls and a Party
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

    • Thanks! You’re absolutely right, yellow is not used that often. I think that’s because of how strong a color it is. People either really like it or really dislike it. Kinda like orange.

      Thanks for stopping through and I’ll be sure to check out your parties!

  10. I love yellow!!! In our old place our master bedroom was yellow.. I always woke up happy :o) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted looking for some help with my blog… maybe you can offer some advice?

  11. I do love a pop of yellow! I made a door shelf in a bright yellow mustard accent color and it really brings the room together (I’ll probably post about it this summer). Nice meeting you over at Saturday G’Day link party!

  12. I’m toying with the idea of using yellow as an accent color in my master bedroom so this post was very helpful! Would you mind to link this up to my blog hop? Our readers would love this! Thanks and have a great weekend!

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