Color Psychology: Decorating with Yellow

Welcome back friends! It is time again for my weekly series “Decorating with Color” where I explore decorating with a specific color each week. After a brief introduction to the effects of that color on us, I share inspirational examples of harmonious color schemes that could be used to decorate with that color. So far,I have explored decorating with Black, Green, Violet, Blue, and Orange. Today I will be exploring decorating with Yellow.

Color psychology of Yellow

Yellow is the color of the sun, so it evokes feelings of warmth, excitement, energy, life, happiness, and optimism.

Stimulates the mind, encourages creativity , and improves memory.

Too much yellow can trigger anxiety.

Yellow would be perfect in rooms that don’t get much sunshine such as hallways, mudrooms, basements, powder rooms {see my mudroom.} It can also be a great choice in kitchens and offices.

Color schemes

So, how can we create harmonious color schemes with yellow?

We need our handy dandy………..Color Wheel

By examining the color wheel, we can derive the following color schemes with Yellow. Please note that following the 60-30-10 rule will help you create a balanced color scheme.

Monochromatic Color Schemes: 

[A color scheme that consists of different values of one color.]

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Analogous Color Schemes

[A color scheme that consists of colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. You can select 2 or 3 hues in this scheme.]

Examples below: Yellow & Green , Yellow & Yellow-Green & Green & Blue Green

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House and Home

Complementary Color Schemes

[A color scheme that consists of colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel.]

Examples below:  Yellow & Violet , Yellow-Green & Red-Violet

Real Simple 

Desire to Decorate

Split Complementary Color Schemes

[A color scheme that consists of a particular color and the two colors on each side of its complementary on the color wheel.]

Examples below:  Yellow & Red-Violet & Blue-Violet , Blue & Yellow & Red

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Triadic Color Schemes

[A color scheme that consists of 3 colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel. Choose one dominant color and the other two as accents.]

Example:s below:  Yellow & Red & Blue , Yellow-Orange & Blue-Green &Red-Violet


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Tetrad Color Scheme

[A color scheme that consists of 4 colors that form a rectangle or square on a color wheel .]

Examples below: Yellow-Orange & Blue-Violet & Yellow-green & Blue-Green, Blue &Yellow & Red-Orange & Red-Violet.

Elle Decor 

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 I love to use lighter shades of yellow as a neutral background. It looks great with any color and adds a subtle punch of energy to any room. Now its your turn, how would you use yellow in your home? Which color scheme would you use? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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