Pops of Yellow

Earlier this week I snatched a big yellow lamp on sale from Target and placed it on my nightstand. I look at it and it just makes me happy–it must be the yellow, I’ve decided. It’s just a fun color. Try adding pops of yellow to your space and notice its mood-lifting tendencies.

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Gorgeous office via Casa Sugar. Really though, take a look. I wouln’t mind having this for my workspace // Way cool Retro Aurora Wall Clock via Pure Home // I thought this Rectangular Frame from CB2 was neat // Stay inspired with this “Make It Happen” Notebook from Barneys New York // Industrial Task Lamp from West Elm. I really can’t get enough of their products // Yellow Tape Dispenser from Poppin. I recently discovered their website and they have the coolest, most colorful office stuff I have ever seen. The tape dispensers are my favorite.

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I love this workspace on the left owned by designer Windsor Smith via House Beautiful. The floor to ceiling wainscoting adds great texture and is a cool twist to a traditional look. The metal chairs and pendant light add the perfect touch of industrial simplicity // This dining room on the right is absolutely divine. The yellow stripe dining chairs and chandelier add classic elegance and bring the white room with sky high ceilings to life.

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Can’t find the perfect yellow piece? Paint existing furnishing and accessories to get a look you’ll love. Photo via Better Homes and Gardens. Paint choices from the left top to bottom: Sherwin Williams Overjoy SW 6689. A medium sunny yellow similar to the dresser in the photo // Sherwin Williams Afternoon SW 6675. A more beige-y yellow but still full of color // A softer, more mature yellow. Hay Stack by Benjamin Moore // And for the wow! yellow lovers there’s Babouche No. 223 from Farrow and Ball.

Yellow is best in spall spurts such as single accent pieces like a chair or table. Hint hint, I would advise not slathering your walls in such a bright color. It’s beautiful and happy but can be headache-worthy if the shade is too vibrant. E.g. my family was relieved to cover up the long-lived macaroni-colored walls in our living room (except for mom who picked it out, sorry!) to be replaced with a more soothing taupe. Sometimes less is more.

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Yellow paint around the window trim via Pinterest.

 

Megan Murphy

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