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Does yellow make you smile? Here's why. Color Psychology - Part 3 in Decorate with Color Series

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

Yellow = lively when it comes to color psychology.

Hanging low in the sky the sun radiates the glowing, upbeat color that we love about yellow. It offers warmth, comfort, and wraps around you, embracing you with cheer. This joy of sunshine is excellent for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where it is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entryways, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming.

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Too much yellow = chaos

Then again, paint every nook and cranny with all this intense joy and the opposite may occur. In large amounts, bright, loud yellow has been known to over stimulate your nerves and create feelings of frustration and irritation. But take this happy color in small amounts and it can round out a room filled with a muted palette of grays, eggplant or navy blues.

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Tone it down = perfect for large areas

Another beautiful fact about yellow is when toning it down into a soft butter to golden wheat the color becomes as quiet as you want to be.

For example, one time in a large open living room / dining room concept, I got the color right as I painted the walls a rich harvest gold ... but it's important to note IT WAS A LARGE OPEN LIVING ROOM. Plenty of room for the yellow-gold color to expand.

The carpet was dark brown - the color of walnut hardwood floors. At the time, I was a first-time home owner and didn't have furniture money for the formal room ... sound familiar?

So I placed refurbished white wicker furniture in the setting. The gold walls, white wicker, and chocolate carpet in the large open space lit up the room, making it feel cozier than an empty room waiting for the perfect furniture.

This photo (courtesy of, reflects my yellow-gold living room with neutral carpet, instead of the white bedding, I used white wicker with similar success.

Using yellow correctly can bring the quality of light into the dullest settings without much effort.

I love using yellow in my paintings to add bit of zip.

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Yellow: it can be as vibrant as the first color of daffodils pushing up, or tone it done to gold like a romantic candlelight glowing. Enjoy this happy color.


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