Caution: Yellow is a happy color. It can make you so happy that if you paint your bedroom yellow, you can toss and turn so much that you won't be able to sleep. (a little sarcasm here) I know because I did this once. The yellow was just too intense! After four days of little sleep, I placed an emergency call to my painter, sobbing over the phone that I couldn't wait another week for him to repaint. What a doll! He came later that day with a bucket of paint containing very soft, light beige paint. Beige has an undertone of yellow. And he didn't even charge me for an emergency service. I still love yellow . . . in some else's home!
Here's an example of the shades of yellow (from the Wikipedia, Shades of Yellow):
Notice the soft yellows in this example are punctuated with my golden yellow dupioni silk pillow, gold accessories and chandelier, and the strong red in the side table:
This is a great example of creating a deep yellow palette--and in a small space. I think the art-wall gallery, side chairs and other accent help to balance yellow.
Some other deep yellow decors:
I have to stop here and confess. I love yellow, it's a great color on me. BUT when I even look at so much deep yellow in a room, I feel like it's screaming at me and I just want to run far, far away! Hope I haven't offended anyone. Now, yellow as an accent color is simply outstanding.
White yellow is prominent in this room and commands attention, the deep sea foam green, white, pinks and beige colors literally straddles the yellow, keeping it under control.
This is yellow so bright and fresh, made so by it's stark contrast with the stark white.
I have a friend who painted her garden condo walls a very soft buttery yellow. To my surprise, I loved it. If you too find the strong yellows a bit more than your vision and disposition can handle but can't free yourself from the idea of a yellow wall, the softer tone may suite you, such these examples:
There's lots of interesting reads about color, especially the psychology of color. From her website, Empower-Yourself-With-Color-Psychology, Judy Scott-Kemmis, writes
"This color relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception.
Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun."
Perhaps, just by adding the color yellow to a decor we can improve and uplift our general disposition, maybe even our outlook on life. In any case, it is a lovely color.
Is yellow your favorite color? Oh please, do tell! Would love to hear from you.