Interior Color Inspirations: The Perennial Sunshine Of “Yellow”

The Vibrant Saturation Of Yellow
The Vibrant Saturation Of Yellow

Mellow and vibrant yellow. Perennial Sunshine. Yellow is certainly a color that adds zest and fresh appeal. The sunny warmth and uplifting impact of yellow works beautifully in a wide range of interior settings. And of the diverse shades of this pleasing hue? Perhaps there is a burst of yellow for all of us…

In the spectrum of visible light, and within the traditional color wheel, yellow falls between the color spectrum of green and orange. The word “Yellow” derives from the Old English words “Geolu” (yellow) and “Geolwe” (yellowish), taken from the Proto-Germanic word “Gelwaz”. The Indo-European base “Ghel” (bright and gleaming, to cry out) and the word “Yell” are said to be the same. Who knew? Yellow, in the form of the ochre pigment made from clay, was one of the first colors used in Prehistoric cave art. In fact, in Ancient Egypt, yellow was associated with gold, considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible. It is no wonder the Egyptians would then believe that the bones of the Gods were of gold! Again, who knew? The Egyptians extensively used the color yellow in tomb paintings. The Ancient Romans also used yellow in their paintings to represent gold and skin tones. It was during the 18th and 19th century that the discovery and manufacture of synthetic pigments and dyes would bring forth a renewed and further appreciation and use of the color yellow.

And of the array of yellow’s hues that we may embellish our interior spaces? Personal preferences, yet again, in tone and depth of a color that provides endless sunshine into our spaces

Yellow:  Uplifting Impact With Golden Appeal
Yellow: Uplifting Impact With Golden Appeal
Interior Enhancement In "Cheerful" Yellow
Interior Enhancement In “Cheerful” Yellow
The Sublime "Mellow Yellow"
The Sublime “Mellow Yellow”

Consider the uplifting and joyous color of yellow. Whether you choose a buttery richness of mellow hue or a bold vibrancy that emulates the sun’s brilliant rays, the color yellow will certainly bring you countless moments of pleasure in its surrounds. Like the vibrancy of a yellow lemon or the pale color of yellow-gold, the spectrum of yellow is sure to delight…


“Some painters transform the sun with a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun”- Pablo Picasso

“Now we are having a beautiful warm, windless weather that is very beneficial to me. The sun, a light that for lack of better word I can only call yellow, bright sulphur yellow, pale lemon gold. How beautiful yellow is!” -Vincent Van Gogh


9 thoughts on “Interior Color Inspirations: The Perennial Sunshine Of “Yellow”

  1. Yellow has been my favorite colour from the very start. Even though I’m lured away now and then, if I’m asked my favourite I can’t deny it. It’s YELLOW! Thanks for these photos that remind me why!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!
      (I, too, have been enamored by the color yellow since childhood. In fact, the room of my youth was doused in yellow. As I child I referred to it as the “Sunshine Room”). A lasting impression, indeed.
      I am delighted to provide a visual reminder of the beauty and appeal of “Yellow”

    1. Thanks for sharing…
      I suppose one adores to be surrounded by it or prefers a subtle embellishment in decor or the occasional inclusion of it in a bouquet…
      Either way, sunshine for a moment, for certain.


  2. I am loving all of the yellow I am seeing everywhere! Doesn’t yellow just make you happy? I have been going towards lime this spring – but I am now inspired to bring some yellow in. That would be a good combination…

    1. I appreciate your thoughts! Yellow certainly does make one happy. I love the citron accents paired with lemon. Bright, crisp and fresh. Great combination, Rebecca!
      Thanks for sharing…

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