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Decorating With Yellow
was featured in
Bright Ideas

June 2012


Decorating With Yellow

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This sophisticated and soothing scheme lends itself well to modern spaces. It uses tints and shades of one color, staying within the same column on the color wheel. A monochromatic scheme for yellow might feature a range of tones from soft buttercup to mustard.

There's really only one rule when it comes to a yellow monochromatic room–the more yellows, the merrier! Inviting four or five different tints and shades of yellow into your space will result in a beautifully layered look. If you limit your yellows to only two or three different tones, you'll run the risk of a mismatched, I-picked-my-palette-in-bad-lighting-look.

Once you've settled on your monochromatic mélange of yellows, you're free to feature your favorite color in a variety of ways! If you love this living room, start with a sophisticated mustard for your walls. This is a great paint choice for a conversation area because it creates a more intimate setting.

Looking at the color wheel, you can see that mustard is closer to the outer tier, so now it's time to lighten the mood by moving in a couple of tiers towards the center. You can use artwork, accent pillows, decorative plates and even books to sprinkle in a variety of yellows.

Furniture also plays an important role, but before you start shopping for a yellow living room set, remember that contrast is a good thing. A white leather collection like this Henley set will help ground all the yellows and provide a nice, clean palette.

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