I love yellow, it is by far my favorite color – I'm talking about a bright, saturated, happy, in-your-face yellow that warms up even the coldest room and immediately puts a smile on your face. Wearing yellow as a blonde can be tricky sometimes, but that does not mean I can't have yellow in my house in a big way. When we bought our Brooklyn apartment, there was no question it was going to have a bright yellow living room, channeling – in a very modest way – Nancy Lancaster's iconic egg-yolk living room above the Colefax & Fowler London showroom.
This is where I discovered that not all yellows are alike. I am not by nature a very patient person, so after choosing what I thought was the perfect yellow paint chip, I skipped the sampling process and went straight to painting. We got up early and managed several coats before dinner time. Exhausted and hungry, we left the house to catch dinner and a movie. When we returned, I flicked on the light switches and saw that my living room was painted the color of INSANITY. What was a lovely, warm shade in daylight had turned into a vile, green-ish, sickening assault on the senses at night. Fortunately, it became a question of switching out the lightbulbs, rather than repainting the whole room. Design lesson learned....
To this day, yellow remains a personal favorite, here's why:
As per my introduction: always make sure you see what your yellow is going to look like in different types of light. That being said: who would not want to start their day in this head-to-toe yellow, sun-drenched breakfast room?
Let's move from the breakfast room to the kitchen, where yellow accents on the Roman shades, chair and accessories really make this space pop.
When in doubt, opt for the warmer, more reddish shades on the spectrum as they are the most flattering and work with just about any design vocabulary, from contemporary to traditional, from minimal to country-rustic as seen in this beautifully layered, textural space.
The bright yellow mid-century modern chair makes all the difference in this eclectic, art-filled room. Pairing a touch of yellow with lots of white makes for a fresh, welcoming, livable environment.
Don't shy away from yellow in prints and patterns. A hefty dose of marigold or egg-yolk will inject energy and pizazz into traditional florals, plaids, checks and stripes.
When it comes to color combos, bright yellow will hold its own with just about any other shade on the color spectrum: check out how well the yellow chairs work with the emerald green walls and pale orchid ceiling in this room by designer Tobi Fairley.
A bit more cutting edge: think of combining yellow with tan, caramel and lavender for a look that's very fashion-inspired.
I'm leaving you with this picture (the color on the left is the exact shade of my living room). I can't think of a better visual to wish you all a wonderful – and colorful – summer season!