2012 Design Forecast: Not-So-Mellow Yellow
Brilliant, cheerful yellows are on-trend in a big way — learn how to layer them into your home
Lisa Frederick December 28, 2011
Houzz Contributor. After journalism school, I fell into decorating media and immediately discovered a new passion. An Atlanta native, I spent several years as an editor for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine before making the leap to national publications and websites such as Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Accents. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, with my husband and son, who’ve gotten used to coming home and finding the furniture rearranged. When I'm not dragging case goods across the floor, I enjoy good food and wine, college football, music of all kinds, and traveling.
Houzz Contributor. After journalism school, I fell into decorating media and immediately... More
Lemony yellows were all over the runways when spring fashion collections debuted — and since the interior design world is never far behind, look for these happy hues to start showing up in homes next year. Their sunny nature is just the right antidote to turbulent times. They can overpower a space when used too extensively, though, so a little goes a long way. Here's a baker's dozen ideas for adding a spritz of citrus to your surroundings.
Dining chairs upholstered in yellow simply glow. The color elevates a very streamlined, subtle room and balances the dark tones.
A grid of sunny artwork is a just-enough hit of bright color. Wide mats and black frames prevent the yellow from dominating an otherwise restful dining area.
For a pop of lemon yellow, you can't do better than the source. A bowl of brilliant fruit, set off by a stack of strategically chosen books, provides an inexpensive dash of color in a neutral kitchen.
Kelly green, one of bright yellow's natural partners, is another big trend for spring. This pillow pairing looks as fresh and happy as a daffodil.
If you've ever doubted how much difference a painted ceiling can make, just cover that part of the photo with your thumb for a moment. Isn't it amazing how much life the room loses without a crowning touch of yellow?
For me, the flanges on these curtains are the high point of the space. It would have been easy to leave the yellow accents to the pillows and chairs, but carrying it up the draperies energizes the design.
This bargain mirror from a chain store got a coat of paint that highlights its showy scrollwork — a creative way to give yellow a test run. And you'd get a mood boost every time you peeked at your reflection.
The lemon-color throw across the foot of this bed adds a cheerful top note.
Every time I think I've seen it all when it comes to inexpensive wall art, someone has another surprise for me. These plaster ceiling medallions, painted pale lemon, have the same collective impact as a display of dishware or mirrors.
Proof that bright color sometimes works best in small packages: an eye-catching tray that corrals night-table necessities.
It's not for commitment-phobes, but this lemon-yellow countertop is a refreshing alternative to natural stone or neutral laminate.
Yellow can be a tough color for bathrooms, because it doesn't always make skin tones look great in the mirror. This is a more palatable way to work it in: a painted vanity table and chair, echoed by the tubside stool.
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