Touch of Yellow
Gray comes alive with touches of yellow. Martha O’Hara Interiors, Interior Selections & Furnishings | Charles Cudd De Novo, Architecture | Troy Thies Photography | Shannon Gale, Photo Styling

To understand the power of yellow you simply need to take a quick look out your window. This time of year you are sure to spot a blooming forsythia bush or a clump of daffodils, always the first to herald the onset of spring.

Once you embrace spring fever it’s almost impossible not to carry a touch of yellow into your interior spaces. It doesn’t have to be a complete redo; in fact, just like outside a little yellow goes a long way.


An accent wall is all that’s needed to brighten this breakfast nook. Wall Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow HC-4. Photo from Benjamin Moore.

Yellow goes with almost any color. Grays come alive with a pop of yellow and who could resist its impact on navy, brown or black making it the perfect accent color for almost any décor.

Start simple. In the living room consider clearing off the coffee table and adding a simple bowl of yellow lemons or a bouquet of daffodils picked from your own backyard. Complete the effect with yellow throw pillows on the sofa. Consider using a yellow print fabric featuring the main color of your sofa. This creates a more stylized look.

Don’t forget the bookshelves. You can freshen the look by simply grouping together a stack of books with yellow jackets. If you don’t have any, it’s easy to cover any book with yellow wrapping paper. You can use this technique to bring a touch of color to your bedside table.

In the kitchen gather together a few cookbooks with yellow covers. Stack them on the counter and top them with a pretty white bowl filled with lemons or limes. Purchase a couple of new yellow printed dishtowels. Cut a few stems from the blooming forsythia bush to accent the kitchen table or island.


Welcome your visitors with a freshly painted front door. Benjamin Moore English Scone. Photo from Benjamin Moore.

Depending on the size of your foyer you might consider replacing your existing bench or chair with a yellow leather or linen one. Easier still replace your table lamp with a yellow one and place a small blue or white plate on the table to catch car keys or the mail.

In the dining room, you might decide to replace your existing drapes with a fresh set of yellow panels. If that is out of your budget consider purchasing a large yellow urn or crock, fill it with a fresh fern or moss and place it in the center of dining table or on the buffet.

Brighten up your bathroom with a new yellow rug, shower curtain or set of towels. I love a white chair or bench setting on a yellow rug stacked with fresh sunny towels. It’s an affordable way to update your bathroom without calling the plumber!

Ready for a little DIY? Consider painting the ceiling of you sunroom or family room yellow. Ceilings are one of the most under utilized spaces in our homes. Don’t always opt out for boring ceiling white. A yellow ceiling is like have sunshine everyday.


Porch Ceiling: A yellow ceiling brightens this small sunroom. Rick Clanton architect from Group 3. Photo from Group 3.

Looking for a way to freshen up the exterior of your home? Paint your front door yellow. Keep the frame of the door the same color as the exterior trim of your house. Don’t go crazy and paint the shutters yellow too. A simple container of yellow flowers on the porch will show off the door and be refreshing and inviting.

“Many yellows are quite strong, so a little goes a long way not only in bringing a dash of color into a room, but also to add some upbeat energy to a space.  Think of a small accent wall in yellow in an otherwise white or neutral room – it adds some fun!” says Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Color and Design Expert.

Editing is very important when adding pops of color. Don’t repeat yourself too often. If you are adding a colorful upholstered piece you don’t need the same color rug. Instead just a simple floral arrangement on a side table will be much more impactful. Take a clue from Mother Nature. She uses yellow sparingly. That’s why it’s such a thrill to see it each spring.