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Designing a Yellow Room? Designers Want You to Know These Tips

Bold-colored rooms are making a major splash in the interior design world this year. More and more people are moving away from neutral color palettes and adding bold washes of color into their spaces, whether adding it to the whole room through a wall color or just pops of it in the decor. And one of the bold colors we’re seeing the most of? Yellow.

Yellow is traditionally thought of as a “happy color” and introduces warmth into a space. You can use yellow in a big way to anchor a room, or simply as an accent color if you prefer just a splash. But even one pop of yellow in a certain area can transform a space—which can’t be said of all colors. It’s a powerful and transformative color!

Some people veer away from yellow because it can be too dominating or polarizing. However, when creating a yellow room design, that doesn’t mean your room needs to be egg-yolk yellow head to toe! There are so many different shades of yellow to choose from. But yellow is definitely more challenging to design with than neutrals, blues, or earth tones. So you do have to be more intentional and considerate of the other colors and hues you use within a yellow room design.

Pro Tip: Yellow pairs best with really dark woods or really light woods. Veer away from yellow if you’re working with mid-tone woods that already have warm undertones, since yellow walls or decor will bring out the yellow in a mid-tone wood. And then you’ll end up with a head-to-toe yellow-on-yellow space!

Ready to incorporate some yellow into your room designs? Today, we’ll want to walk you through some yellow interior design ideas and give you some of our best tips for designing with yellow! Want an expert’s take on your space? Start an online interior design project and work with a designer to bring the yellow room of your dreams to life!

Rooms With Yellow Walls

Yellow walls—whether it’s all four walls of a room or just an accent wall—will add a bright, cheerful vibe to your space. But there are many different shades of yellow you can choose from, and each will add something a little different to a room. This is one of our favorite yellow wall colors to use. It’s earthy and veers more on the “mustard” side of yellow, and its gray undertones make it more forgiving to design around. But keep reading to see examples of other shades of yellow that we love!

An aside: Yellow is considered a “gender neutral” color. As a result, we see it widely used in children’s rooms and nurseries for its happy, cheerful, and calming nature.

Create Balance With Simple Furniture Forms

Sleek and streamlined furniture adds balance with bolder colors, as they don’t add more visual colors. So, when decorating a yellow room, balance the bold colors with simple furniture so your brain doesn’t have too much to process in one space!

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yellow roomIncorporate Natural Textures

When painting a room yellow, you can tone down its vibrancy by incorporating natural textures into the space. Since yellow is a color found in nature, there’s a natural cohesiveness to this combination—and it makes it so the yellow still feels cheery but not so aggressive and loud, especially in a smaller space like this breakfast nook.

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yellow roomPlay With A Primary Color Palette

Primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) make for a classic color palette. These three colors play well together and balance each other out. And opting for a primary color palette doesn’t mean using the brightest or most traditional shades of these colors. Here, we created a multicolor palette with dusty, moody pastel takes on this classic color combo. Fun fact: A multicolor palette is actually one of our most popular living room color schemes!

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yellow roomMix Subtle And Bold Shades

This room is subtle, and not. The subtle is found in the super light yellow that’s more of a neutral than a wash of color. But that is enhanced with accent pillows and wall art—both in bolder shades of yellow, as well as a mix of contrasting colors like blues, oranges, and greens! The result is a vibrant and cheery space!

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Paint An Accent Wall

If you’re not ready to go full-throttle with yellow, incorporate just a taste of it through an accent wall. It doesn’t overwhelm the space but definitely gives it a point of view. Pairing a yellow accent wall with a pink rug that’s equally bright and vibrant is another way to add balance, but in more of a bold manner.

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Make It Mustard!

Just because you’re painting a wall yellow doesn’t mean it has to be the traditional bright, sunshiney yellow. Mustard also counts! Mustard adds an earthy quality to a space and contrasts nicely with blues and greens. While we paired mustard with some brighter blues, you could also go for a moody, earth-tone look, which would pair perfectly with mustard.

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Incorporating Yellow into Furniture and Decor

If you don’t want to paint your walls yellow, you can still design a room where yellow is the predominant color. Consider using accents that are in the yellow spectrum to add cheer to your space—through pillows, vases, throws, hints in artwork, or even the flowers you choose for a space.

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Go Bold With Yellow Furniture

If you want to stick with white or neutral paint colors, decorating with big pops of yellow in furniture and decor is a great way to add contrast and warmth to the space. To establish yellow as the main color in the room, choose a piece of furniture that’s yellow. (In this case, a bedroom chair. It could also be a mustard sofa in a living room!) This will ground yellow as the primary color in the room. Then, layer in pops of yellow through pillows, art, and other decor to support the color scheme.

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yellow roomMix Yellow With High-Contrast Neutrals

We love a good high-contrast neutral space. But if you want to spice up a grayscale or black and white room, mix in pops of yellow. Here, two different shades of yellow adds a touch of contrast and brightness to the space without taking away from the edgy feel of this room.

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yellow roomEmbrace All The Colors

Instead of having yellow as the main color in your space, you could also opt for something like pink, peach, or blue, and then just have hints of different shades of yellow within the overall design. This will brighten the mood and overall color scheme of the space for a more dynamic look! This is great if you love color—another case of beautiful multicolor room designs! In this bedroom, yellow is a major supporting color without being the only color in the room.

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Balance With Blue

If you don’t want to go all-out multicolor, but don’t want yellow to be the only color in the room, balance it out with blue. Yellow and blue is an easy color scheme for beginners, and the combination results in a bright, high-contrast space. The coolness of blue helps counteract the energizing vibrancy of yellow and creates a really nice vibe. Incorporate natural wood throughout the space for an even more grounding effect. Pops of punchy patterns in blue also adds a vusal counterpoint that helps break up all the yellow!

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Trend Spotlight: Bold Colored Rooms Are Bringing Joy Inside

Want the scoop on one of the latest and greatest interior design trends? First, shameless plug for our podcast, because in episode 4 we dug into some of the best and worst of interior design trends over the decades, including what we’re loving right now. But that’s not why we’re here!

The trend we’re talking about today? Bold-colored rooms! With the world at large feeling like it’s at a stand-still, and nothing but bad news filling our newsfeeds, people are bringing some excitement and joy into their lives with bold colors. Since we’re spending so much time at home, people are brightening up their spaces, and color is a huge part of that. In the past couple months we’re seeing more and more people embrace bold colors in their home rather than cover them up with neutrals.

A great example of this is blogger Kate Arends of Wit & Delight, who’s embracing brightly colored rooms in her new home. And Veranda just published their Bold Color issue with some seriously daring color palettes on display. You can even see this trend in small ways in Kendall Jenner’s cozy LA hideaway.

In many cases, this trend is showing up in bold wall colors. But you can definitely get this look without breaking out the paint! Ready to dig into this trend and maybe try it out in your own home? We asked our designers how they’re working with this trend, and they shared their best tips on how to get the look in the rooms below.

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bold colored roomsStick With Colorful Decor

Here’s a great example of adding bold colors to your space without painting any walls. In this case, we simply integrated color through the accessories and decor while maintaining white walls. This is a perfect approach for those who aren’t sure how they’ll feel about a more brightly colored space. You aren’t committing to this trend in a more “permanent” way with a wall color, but you’re still embracing colors in a big way. A bedspread is a great way to add a huge wash of color (and pattern!) to a bedroom. We then added pops of color through art, plants, and accent pillows, creating a veritable rainbow within your bedroom. How cheery!

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bold colored roomsAdd One Big Statement Color

Another way to tap into this trend? Using a pop of one statement color. In this case, it’s through a bold-colored sofa—but you could also do this through an accent wall, a chair, wall art, a rug, or any other large-scale object in the room. Here, the rust sofa adds a warm, bold pop of color to the space, which really stands out in contrast to the otherwise neutral room. This is a great approach for those with minimal or glam styles where adding a bit of a dramatic flair is par for the course.

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bold colored roomsGo All Out

Want to dive headfirst into this trend? Go all out with a combination of colorful walls, furniture, and decor. It makes for a pretty beautiful room, huh? However, this type of bold color palette requires a bit of thought to make sure the colors coordinate. To achieve this look, consider a color palette with 2-3 dominating and coordinating colors, then mix those colors into all elements of the design in a repeating way. You can see this in the room above with the way that the yellow repeats in the sofa and pouf, while the blue repeats in the chairs, pillows, and wall art. You can also see small extra uses of the peach wall colors in the painting above the fireplace and a vase on the bookcase.

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bold colored roomsStrike Some Contrast

This room explores a similar approach as the room above, but with a very different execution. Go for a dark bold color on the walls, and then layer bold but contrasting colors in the rest of the space. In a living room, the sofa is the main contrasting element to the wall—so go for something like a purple wall with a mustard sofa like in the room above, or perhaps a dark blue wall with a white sofa. Basically, you just want to strike some major contrast. Then anchor the design with lighter pops of color in the other furniture and decor.

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bold colored roomsPaint An Accent Wall

Sometimes, painting an accent wall can have an even bolder look than painting a whole room. We love the idea of a bright and bold-colored accent wall in a room with striking architectural details or in a space that has a natural focal point. In this case, we painted a wall that has built-in shelving, but you could also achieve this through painting a full wall in a small space. To drive home this look, add pops of complimentary colors into the overall room design so the accent wall has a good sense of contrast within the space.

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bold colored roomsGo Monochrome

Another way to make use of bold colors in your space? Go monochrome. The repeated use of the same color tone will create a bold and dramatic look. For this approach, we recommend tapping into the earth tones trend. For your main color, use a calming color like sage, terracotta, or a mix of blues or greys. Here, we paired a green wall with matching curtains and a rug in a slightly deeper shade of green. But then we accented the space with pops of natural woods and other earth tones in the furniture and other decor. The result is a cohesive design that, when put all together, really pops.

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What 3 Designers Think of Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

pantone classic blueNow that we’ve looked back at 10 years of Pantone colors, it’s time to turn our focus to the future. Pantone recently released their new 2020 Color Of The Year, Classic Blue, and we can’t help but wonder how it will take shape in the world of design.

Classic Blue is a color that sounds quite a lot like how it looks. Not quite navy, far from sky, it’s a blue that is dark, deep, and almost has an earthy undertone. Pantone describes Classic Blue, a color that brings to mind the sky at dusk. In their words it is nonaggressive, easily relatable, and a solid and dependable shade meant to provide refuge. According to the institute, it was chosen in response to the frenzy and anxiety in the world today brought on by technology.

As is usually the case, peoples’ reactions to the color have been somewhat polarized. Some argue that the color is forgettable and irrelevant to the current landscape of unrest and information overload. Others in design, fashion, and visual industries have jumped on board noting that some of the biggest recent trends have already started to set the tone for a year of Classic Blue.

Classic Blue in Home Design

Naturally, we’re of the camp that’s thrilled about the crisp, solid blue shade. Here’s why: First off, we think the color signifies a return to aspects of traditional home design. People are looking for spaces that are inviting, warm, and comfortable, and are calling on nostalgia to achieve those feelings. Classic blue is—well—classic, and it’s a color that has always been in style and will continue to be. It’s a sound choice for anyone who wants their environment to feel like a steady moment in a changing world.

Not to mention, blue is consistently the number one color choice among Modsy customers. And now we expect to see a lot more of it along with a larger a resurgence of classic forms and styles, including the re-introduction of antiques in interiors.

To put Classic Blue to the test, we tasked three Modsy designers to dream up spaces that work in the new hue. Take a look at their designs below and get their tips for working the color into your home decor.

classic blue home designLook #1: Classic & Warmly Glamorous

Modsy Designer: Aimee M.

Why She Loves Classic Blue: For Aimee, the hue is endlessly inspiring and versatile. She describes Classic Blue as truly a timeless color that has the ability to transcend styles and trends.

How She Used The Color: Aimee designed a bedroom that brings the boldness and versatility of Classic Blue into chic focus. Paired with bright whites and contrasting hues, Aimee demonstrates how the color has enough brilliance and pop to steal any show.

However, she thinks that the blue shade’s real power is when it’s used as the primary color in a space. This allows the deep undertones to create a sense of swaddled security and grounded calm.

Case in point: This bedroom she designed is equal parts traditional and glamorous, and is steeped in a deep sense of comfort.

Look #2: Classic & Simply Modern

Modsy Designer: Jessi V.

Why She Loves Classic Blue: The blue shade reminds Jessi of how, in fashion, blue jeans have been an undisputed closet staple for as long as anyone can recall. Not to mention, they can be paired with almost anything. For her, it’s the same with Classic Blue. She’s excited to see the color used as a neutral and a base in home decor in the same way as blue jeans have been employed in fashion.

How She Used The Color: Jessi envisioned this living space that’s anchored by the blue but still feels perfectly crisp, clean-lined, and simple with just the right amount of bright impact.

For Jessi, the idea is that Classic Blue is a medium for modern minimalists to explore and experiment with color. The blue in this living area has classic appeal but is neither overwhelming nor too much of a commitment for modern design lovers.

It’s also bold yet calming, and it’s a naturally occurring shade. All of that makes it an easy and relatable accent color that will encourage even the staunchest minimalists to dip their toes into a world of color.

pantone classic blueLook #3: Classic & Captivatingly Cool

Modsy Designer: Logan R.

Why He Loves Classic Blue: The reason is simple for Logan. Classic Blue is more playful and vibrant than your run-of-the-mill navy shades. But it’s also a shade that he thinks anyone can readily incorporate into their space. He’s excited to see what people do with it.

How He Used The Color: Logan sees the blue shade used in a cool contemporary way that involves patterns and shapes. He believes that texture is key to incorporating the shade successfully. He’s thinking slubby fabrics, matte glazed ceramics, tinted glass, and rich velvets that add sophistication. These distinct tactile elements will help keep Classic Blue from leaning into what he describes as “recycling bin blue” territory.

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