Let the Sun Shine In

by Jane VanOsdol on June 29, 2011

Don’t you wish you could capture the summer’s sunshine all year long? Well you can if you choose a sunny yellow color to brighten the walls of your home. A cheery, yellow room can lift your mood when the dreary days of winter set in.

Generally, yellow is an energizing color, and it symbolizes joy and happiness. Yellow is a natural match in rooms that get abundant sunshine. Dark rooms tend to give yellow a not-so-flattering cast. When choosing a shade of yellow, painters know to keep in mind that yellow paint usually dries a shade darker than what you see in the paint can, so you may want to start with a pale shade and try a sample on your wall to see how it turns out.

The kitchen is a natural place to experiment with yellow. If there’s one room in the house that needs to be a bright, cheerful space, what better room than the kitchen where everyone starts their mornings? A light, buttery yellow shade can help ease you awake and welcome you to the world each morning. For a pale shade of yellow that gently infuses the room with warmth, try Provence Cream, 320A-2, by Behr.

If you prefer a more neutral yellow in the room, try Homey Cream, 3007-6B by Valspar. The tan undertones in this shade tone down the brightness a bit. If you’re looking for a more dramatic, yet warm, rich shade, Allspice, 216-6, from PPG Porter Paints is the one. This is a more golden shade that is reminiscent of butternut squash.

Of course, a sunroom would be another natural space to try painting with yellow. Try Social Butterfly, 360A-1, a light shade by Behr to infuse color in the room. Incorporating natural elements in this roomlike plants and wicker furniture could give it an outdoorsy, garden feel.

When you’re choosing accent pieces in shades of yellow, keep it interesting by choosing your accessories in shades of yellow that are a few shades darker or lighter than your wall color, rather than matching it perfectly. If you’d like to add shades other than yellow, blue is a color that traditionally complements yellow. Bring home a few samples of blue paint chips to see which colors you like best with your shade of yellow.

Overall, just remember to test the shade of yellow out on your wall and let it dry before purchasing. You don’t want to be looking at school-bus yellow all day, but rather a soft buttercream yellow that will warm you up all through the year.

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