Invite rays of sunshine into the home

World | 3 Jul 2019 6:14 pm

If ever a color were to be associated with an emotion (OK, blue, we see you), it has got to be yellow. Upbeat and welcoming, it is a hue that is easy to love. But it can be tricky to use when decorating, writes Kim Cook of The Associated Press.

Bold yellows are eye-catching, but color experts advise caution. Unless you are prepared to live with bright yellow’s peppy assertiveness, softer, creamier versions might be more prudent choices.

Will Taylor, founder of the color blog Bright Bazaar and an interior design expert at Marshalls, loves yellow in all its iterations. “To me, it’s happiness personified,” he says. “As soon as I see it, I feel joy.”

Better Homes & Gardens, style director, Jessica Thomas, calls yellow “sunshine in a can.”

And Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for PPG Paints in the US, says yellow is often seen as the signature hue for “happy.”

“Bright, energizing yellows are known to enhance the mind and help creativity flow,” she says. “We saw ‘Gen Z yellow’ bubble to the surface last year, with colors like 'crushed 'ineapple' reflecting the optimism and boldness of that generation.”

Schlotter says yellow was a close runner-up for PPG’s 2019 Color of the Year. Night Watch, a moody green-gray, ultimately took the title, but Golden Field — a dramatic mustard yellow — was a strong second.

A tip when you are in the paint store:

“We recommend first looking at the bottom color on the paint swatch to find the root of the yellow,” Schlotter says. “For example, if the bottom color is green, the yellow at the top of the card will have subtle hints of green infused into it.”

Go two or three shades lighter than you think you want if you’re painting a room. And “warmer yellows tend to work better on walls,” Schlotter says. “Brighter variations are perfect on a front door, as an accent wall in a bedroom, or in a dining room to provide a rich, striking look.”

Lemon motifs and prints are a fresh, fun way to bring the color home.

“Lemon print wallpaper in a bathroom or closet is a cheerful way to add yellow,” Taylor says. “Every time you step in it will make you smile.”

Scandinavian manufacturer Vola has marked its 50th anniversary by releasing Arne Jacobsen’s original 1968 designed bath faucet in a rainbow of colors, and a kicky yellow is one of them.


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