the Meaning of the color yellow, and how to decorate with it.

The Meaning of the Color Yellow

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 I have always gravitated towards bright colors when it comes to interior design, and more recently I have been drawn to the color yellow. It seems to be appearing more often than ever in some of my favorite design magazines such as Mydomain, Architectural Digest, and Apartment Therapy. Since I have been so enthralled by yellow lately, I was intrigued to find out the meaning of the color. My investigation of this color led me to an article from Bourn Creative which highlights the meaning of the color yellow. 

Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness,  and has conflicting associations. On one hand yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy, but on the other, it represents cowardice and deceit. A dull or dingy yellow may represent caution, sickness, and jealousy. Luckily for me I have been attracted to the bright yellows lately, so I'm hoping this is a reaffirmation that starting my blog is something that brings me happiness, positivity, and optimism. 

Apparently if the color yellow is overused, it can have a disturbing effect. For example, it is a proven fact that babies cry more in rooms painted yellow. Too much yellow causes loss of focus and makes it hard to complete a task. On the other hand, too little yellow causes feelings of isolation and fear, insecurity, and low self-esteem. A lack of yellow can cause one to become rigid, cunning, possessive, or defensive.

So how does one decorate with the color yellow? I think it's best to use it in smaller doses. Using a large rug like this one will introduce just as much color as painting a wall, but it also adds a focal point to the room. If you like playing with textures and materials but haven't experimented with many colors, a rug like this one is a great place to start. 

 

Photo: West Elm

Photo: West Elm

If you want to go all in, adding a yellow chair. or a yellow sofa to any room is a fun way to bring the joyful color into your home. Yellow pairs great with black, but it also works well with neutral colors for a more subtle effect. I'm loving the contrast of the black metal against the yellow fabric of the chair in the photo below. The chair pairs really well with the polished grey concrete floors, and it adds just the right amount of yellow to the room. 

Photo: Lonny Magazine

Photo: Lonny Magazine

One of the easiest ways to introduce yellow to your home is by adding yellow flowers to a vase that you already own. Or by simply adding a bowl of lemons to your kitchen. I did both recently, and although the yellow is very subtle, I think it adds that extra positive energy that my home was lacking.  What do you think? 

My dinning room with a splash of yellow lemons.

My dinning room with a splash of yellow lemons.

My bar Cart, with subtle yellow flowers.

My bar Cart, with subtle yellow flowers.