Yellow Fever

It's Feb 25th and I am anxiously awaiting Spring. Yellow reminds me that it is just around the corner. Forsythia blooming, tulips nodding their heads to me at the Flower Shops, a bowl of yellow lemons are all live touches of yellow we can add to our homes. But what about using yellow in more permanent installations in your home to add a dash of sunshine and warmth year round. Color researchers believe the color Yellow increases self-esteem and strengthens the overall well-being. Yellow to me is happy, bright, optimistic and interestingly enough it is the color that has the longest memory retention. So yellow is a good color to paint your house when you are wanting to sell it.....because yellow houses sell faster. Also yellow cars have been proven to have fewer accidents.

House Beautiful March08
Forsythia, yellow tulips & fresh lemons on classic Carrera marble countertops
House Beautiful March 2008

Yellow Pottery, lemons, bananas, and pineapple in this beautiful all white kitchen
Southern Accents

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Classic contemporary yellow chairs

A contemporary way to add a splash of color in your rooms, which is easy to change out for a new look.

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Jan Showers uses touches of yellow for punch in this room

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Jeffery Bilhuber has used National Geographic magazines to get a pop of yellow into this warm and inviting sitting room

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This is such a bright welcoming entryway with my favorite Gracie Studio Wallpaper. Photo via Mrs Blandings

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I like the way Interior Design icon, Albert Hadley uses yellow as an accent color for furniture. The picture on the right is a room in his own home and on the right is his office.

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A beautiful "tessellation" tile (left) & David's Hicks's masterful use of bright acid yellow (right)

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I love the billowy yellow silk draperies in these rooms

credenza designed by the fabulous Tommi Parzinger via Jackie Blue Homepurplearea blogspot

A classic credenza designed by the fabulous Tommi Parzinger (top) & A painted Chinese chest (bottom)

Some yellow inspiration from my last trip to LA. That is velvet on the ottoman on left picture. The picture on the right is from an accessories showroom showing their spring and summer line for 2008. I definitely saw a trend for yellow for this year in home furnishings and accessories.

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This is a room David Hicks designed in the 70's and it is still vital and current 30 some odd years later. He uses yellow sofas and chairs in his design much the same way as Albert Hadley.

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A beautiful yellow wallpaper in this room by Katrin Cargill Creamy (left) & butter yellow painted walls by Jan Showers (right)

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Yellow lamps add a vibrant shot of color in this black and white bedroom, and notice the interesting cushion on the bed

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Classic yellow striped cushions


I love the bold use of yellow on this floor...now that takes chutzpah

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Magnificent antique Directoire chairs


  1. Hi Patricia, Yellow is my least favorite colour. Can you believe that?, but I must confess that lately I've been really warming up to it. I'm drawn to all kinds of things that are yellow. Is it possible that a person's colour choices can change? I go in cycles. This post has definitely got me thinking Spring and about yummy butter yellows, baby soft yellows and mustard yellows.

  2. Anonymous24/2/08

    This must have been a fun post for you since I remember reading that yellow was one of your favorite colors. You have some wonderful pictures here!

    I particulary like the photo that's called "paper trail". I am assuming that is wall paper behind that beautiful white sofa. It struck a chord with me since I am looking for an oversized piece of art but don't want to break the bank. Thanks.

  3. The yellow silk drapes are great. Can you imagine the wonderful sunlight streaming and catching that color? The room would glow! Probably the only color I don't particularly care for in combination with yellow is black. It has the bumblebee effect for me. :)

  4. I love the Jan Showers room, mostly white with yellow as the "punch", and I like her use of the soft aqua as a balance. Very fresh. Another designer who has a wonderful way with yellow is Mary Douglas Drysdale.

  5. Anonymous24/2/08

    Oh gosh the answer to my prayers!! Lots of yellow inspiration! I've been having the yellow fever since January when I decided to add yellow to my black, grey and white interior :-) I'm awaiting some gorgeous yellow fabric from the SisBoom line to make into pillows, and now I got lots of more yellow inspired ideas from you!! Thanks .-) Have a lovely week!!

  6. That David Hicks room is amazing. I can't believe it was done 30 years ago!

    I often associate that shade of yellow with the 60s and 70s. I remember the bedroom of the contemporary house that I lived in circa late 70s...it was exactly the shade of yellow from the Hicks photo. I loved it!

  7. I saw yellow forsythia blooming this weekend and it brought a smile to my face- just like your photo did!

  8. Patricia, What an INCREDIBLE spread! Yellow isn't my favorite color but I'm falling after this post!

  9. lemon yellow
    yellow canary
    yellow finch
    butter yellow
    "sa vo ra" french mustard
    yellow curry
    tasty yellow
    loved your tribute to yellow.

  10. Such interesting facts about yellow. LOve the look.

  11. Yellow is a favorite. Beautiful shots, especially that Southern Accents kitchen and the rooms with the billowy drapes.

  12. Anonymous25/2/08

    Don't stop at yellow...this is great!

  13. thanks for featuring a special on yellow. my husband thought i was crazy when i suggested yellow on white for one of our rooms.

  14. So sunny and fresh! I've always especially loved forsythia branches! Very cheery post! Lana

  15. It's so fun with all the yellow, feels very happy!

  16. Anonymous25/2/08

    Fantastic post! Thank you for gathering such inspiring images. Yellow seems so new and fresh and the truth is it was hot in the 1700's! Love the Directoire chairs!

  17. Anonymous25/2/08

    Yellow is a nice colour, it makes you happy.

  18. Your post makes me fall in love with yellow color again!Thanks for the post!

  19. Let the sunshine in! Can't get enough of the settee in that last image. Hope you have a great week ahead, Patricia.

  20. I have a growing fondness for yellow, Patricia. Thanks for all of the beautiful eye candy!

  21. oooooooooooooh, don't share the secret, Patricia! Yellow was out of favour this past decade+: a drag, since it was difficult to find the variety of yellow items I craved, yet also a joy, since it wasn't "trendy."

    I rejoice but tremble now that yellow has come back in fashion.

  22. Yellow is the new black! Love the post and your blog. You are one of my "Daily Reads." Keep up the impressive work!

  23. Anonymous28/2/08


    I just stumbled upon your site and want to thank you... so much passion and info...lov the topic of "yellow"

    Thanks again

  24. Now this is one GORGEOUS post!! DELICIOUS DELICIOUS!! I have been seeing a lot of yellow around blog land lately and this is a lovely interiors post on it :-)

  25. I hadn't read your post before posting mine about black but above all abou yellow and black and I should have used some pictures with your permission ! Well, now it is too late. But this Yellow is now my obsession, I'm going to paint my bedroom like that !!! I am totally in love with this color

  26. I love your blog!!This is a wonderful post with a beautiful array of images....and it makes me realize that I really have an aversion to yellow.(especially in interiors)How odd.

  27. Hi Patricia! I think that the room with the Jonathan Adler lemon pillow on it is the bungalow belonging to Lee Kleinhelter, the owner of Pieces in Atlanta. I think I remember that picture from Cottage Living. Just thought you might want to know since it didn't have the decorator name.

    Awesome post, I love yellow. It makes me happy, and so did this post. thanks!



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