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10 Ways to Use Yellow in Your Home Decor

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10 Ways to Use Yellow in Your Home Decor

Cristina Soriano

Filipino mangos, the hills of Tuscany dotted with sunflowers, the joviality of a rubber ducky, a sunset's warm golden glow - these are a few of my favorite things, and they are all yellow! For me, all associations I have with yellow are cheerful and buoyant, so why not incorporate them into home decor? These tips will help you do just that without making your space too kitschy or infantile. 

Change Up Your Hardware

Courtesy of Miller Design, Photo by Mark Peters 

Courtesy of Miller Design, Photo by Mark Peters 

Think of your front door's hardware as your home's handshake - it is literally a turn of your writ and an entry into a person's soul, experiences and memories. No one wants to shake a limp and dull hand, so why would you curate your home's greeting in a similar fashion? Rather than paint your door, choose vibrant yellow hardware, and your home will forever give on the most pleasant salutations. 

Choose a Bright Mirror

Photo Courtesy of Rejuvenation

Photo Courtesy of Rejuvenation

A merry yellow mirror, like this one from Rejuvenation, will not only reflect a positive image, but will make the room jovial and light. Think about a yellow-framed mirror as a piece of art in an entryway, a guest bedroom or bathroom. 

Use Yellow Lights as Accents

Photo Courtesy of Pushh Construction

Photo Courtesy of Pushh Construction

Adding unique lighting to a room provides a quick (and many times affordable) face-lift. You only need a few lights to make a huge difference. 

Paint Your Bed Frame

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Dumais Interior Design, Photo by Joshua McHugh

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Dumais Interior Design, Photo by Joshua McHugh

Go off the wall. Try painting furniture instead. A classic bed frame in bright rubber-ducky yellow can bring a cheery glow to any room. 

Use it in Unexpected Places

Photo Courtesy of De Meza + Archetecture

Photo Courtesy of De Meza + Archetecture

Are you someone whose drawer contents are not always perfectly tidy, with undies lacking folds and shirts not pressed? Not to worry, brighten up your (organized) mess by painting the insides of your drawers yellow! You may be too inspired to arrange your chose to complement the color, or you may be fixated by the marigold to worry about a thing! 

Add a Burst of Color to Any Room

Photo Courtesy of Carla Lane Interiors

Photo Courtesy of Carla Lane Interiors

Although I am someone who revels in an extremely organized home, there are many times when laundry feels more like an annoying chore than a satisfying organization task. Perhaps a laundry room (although I don't have on in NYC, but hey - a girl can dream!) with a lemon-colored pocked door, would entice me! 

Install A Sunny Sink

Photo Courtesy of Pyrolave

Photo Courtesy of Pyrolave

Wouldn't washing dishes be so much more fun in you did them in a bright daffodil-yellow sink? When you design you next kitchen, think about a colorful sink that will bring pleasure to the must mundane of chores. 

Update Your Appliances

Photo Courtesy of Sustainable Kitchens

Photo Courtesy of Sustainable Kitchens

A daffodil-colored kitchen sink doesn't do it for you? What about a stunning canary-yellow oven? Imagine pulling out a perfectly roasted turkey from the mouth of this dazzling appliance. Baking will be less tedious and even more enjoyable with some added color. 

Add Pops of Color with Your Furniture

Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Dhong Interior Design

Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Dhong Interior Design

If you're aiming for more of a classic kitchen, try bringing bursts of color with breakfast bar stools. You and your children will enjoy zesty glasses of freshly squeezed orang juice and the buttery croissants atop primrose-colored seating. 

Liven Up Your Outdoor Space

Photo Courtesy of One Kings Lane

Photo Courtesy of One Kings Lane

Bring the rays of the sun into your backyard by incorporating a warm yellow in your outdoor furniture. Patios (after closets, of course) are, for me, one of the most important areas of the home, and they become even more inviting when they have dots of sunny yellow! 

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