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Sunshine, daffodils, songbirds, and gold – yellow is one of the most cheerful colors of all, but rare to find in modern decor. Why is that? Maybe it's because yellow is so bold and adventurous. Or maybe it's just because yellow interiors are hard to find. This post explores 25 stylish homes that showcase the flexibility of this sunny color, from bright furniture to smooth pastel palettes. Daring accents! Subtle accents! This list has a little bit of everything.
Let’s begin our exploration of
yellow decor with an especially strong example. This artistic home features smartly-arranged yellow accessories, a great way to spice up the gray sofa and open kitchen shelves. The painting ties the theme together.
Here, part of the allure comes from surprise – while the pillows and throw were expected, but the single yellow dining chair and the yellow clock pendulum are absolutely delightful. Darker golden-yellow table napkins are a nice accessory.
Those colorful doors are amazing! Investing in an unusual door is always slightly risky, but the risk really pays off in this small yet exciting apartment interior. A bold striped rug and neon orange chandelier add a touch of pop art flair.
Yellow is an energetic color, but it doesn’t have to be loud – here, select red and orange accents help bring those sunny yellow tones down to earth. Subdued goldenrod is a staple where relaxing colors are concerned.
Luxurious matte black and stark
white decor yields to the brightness of carefully-chosen yellow accents, like the sideboard table and the sofa throw pillows. Taking center stage is the bright yellow Nikos chair by Sergio Bicego.
Light yellow and blue make such a cheerful interior theme! Note how the upholstery of the chair matches up with the tufting on the sofa pillows – a unifying feature can increase your odds of a cohesive look if you’re ever unsure about including a single item for contrast.
Do you have a piece of furniture you never use because it’s hard to match the color? Here, the bright Grand Repos Chair by Antonio Citterio blends smoothly into an interior of varied yellows ranging from subdued dandelion to bright lemon. Variety can make all the difference.
Artistic black and white decor provides a
neutral backdrop that makes the wooden elements stand out – the furniture looks absolutely lively! Here, the only two yellow accents are the classic Danish chairs to the left (a 1953 design by Helge Sibast) and the oversized throw pillow to the right.
In the foreground, the IPANEMA armchair by Jean-Marie Massaud takes on a daring shade of bright lemon yellow, while a trio of varied pillows adds character to the grayscale sofa in the background.
The only thing more bubbly than the shape of the furniture set is the canary yellow armchair!
Rich jonquil yellow takes center stage in this modernist interior. The angular sofa in the background is quite striking, especially the choice of beige pinstripes.
Highly saturated yellow gains an almost neon effect thanks to the liberal use of transparent materials and thoughtful accent colors like green and blue in gem tones.
Blue and yellow are usually paired in their more vivid forms, but these subdued shades wonderfully lend themselves to the relaxing atmosphere set by the stone walls and rich wood floors. The curtains are the only yellow feature that adopts a brighter tone, perhaps to draw attention to the view outside.
Steel and brushed black cladding set the stage for a dark and
industrial theme, but the bright sofa adds an element of adventure and surprise.
Yellow and blue are always immediately engaging. As true contrasts, this combination of raw primaries can create quite a jarring effect – this interior uses a darker and more muted shade of blue for a vibrant theme that feels lovely on the eyes. Green joins the color theme on the accent wall.
Bright furniture and fixtures make an immediate impression, even managing to stand out against the exciting ceramic tiles in the background. A very imaginative style!
Sleek, modern, industrial… Almost any accent color could work within this interior, but it brings out a whole different character in the yellow accessories. Perhaps it’s because the grays lean more toward the blue side for subtle contrast.
Dandelion yellow and soft mint green energize this eclectic apartment interior. It’s just the right amount of color to brighten the room without overshadowing the unique patterns and decor that make this space so unique.
Muted yellow stands out from the grayscale background, a soft oasis in the sea of concrete. This is another interior where balanced interior elements allow for endless experimentation with color.
Loose and flowing patterns on the curtains contrast nicely with the tight lacelike print on the wall. Of course, bright peacock blue and rich yellow create a lovely drama of contrast as well.
Now this is a very bold use of yellow! Several different yellow tones come together in this fun and quirky design concept, standing out against gray and silver furniture. Note the playful addition of lemons, sticky notes, and little yellow birds.
Stunning! In a space with ceilings as high as this, it can be hard to ensure the upper portions of the walls feel interesting and appealing. This design takes height to task with bright yellow niches that run all the way up the matte black accent wall. From there, a series of bevels and recessed lights and wooden slats prevents the ceiling from looking bare.
Yellow works in natural contrast to the panoramic view of the sea. The interior is bold and modern, perhaps even minimalistic, but the yellow offers a slightly tropical aesthetic to the mix as well.
Within such a dark and elegant living room, the strong yellow accents feel rebellious and full of attitude. Every classically-inspired element enjoys a sharp modern reinterpretation. And the result? Gorgeous!
Impossible to resist! A bright yellow floor bursts with charisma, surely lifting the spirits of anyone who enters. Abundant light floods the white furniture and further fuels the sunny theme.
Looking for more yellow-themed ideas for your home? Check out this mega-post of yellow interior design inspiration next.