Waking up in a bedroom painted yellow can be like waking up to sunshine every day, no matter what the weather is doing outside.
Yellow is cheery, uplifting without being overbearing. In small rooms it can visually expand the space. Although yellow is considered an energetic color, soft, buttery shades can help create a bedroom that is a serene retreat.
Softer shades are perfect for bedrooms decorated in a cottage or eclectic style, and they look great behind nearly any shade of furniture, from painted white to dark wood. Yellow is whimsical; you can pair it with traditional furnishings for a look that is stately without looking stuffy. If you prefer a more modern style, try a strong but muted shade such as goldenrod.
For an elegant look, choose a pale but warm shade of vanilla for your walls. Shades in a gold, honey or butterscotch tone can bring to your room a touch of luxury as well as warmth, particularly when combined with red.
For a bedroom that provides ultimate warmth, use yellow with other warm colors, such as red or orange, in your fabrics and accessories. You can vary several shades of yellow to create a personal retreat that is easy on the eyes.
Balance brighter shades of yellow with furnishings, accents and accessories in cool blues and greens and soft whites that complement the tint you have chosen. Lavender looks beautiful with soft yellow shades, and it works well in a bedroom furnished in a romantic style. However, avoid very bright shades, which can be too energizing for the bedroom.
Consider painting your walls and ceiling the same shade of yellow for a continuous look. If you have a tray ceiling, create interest by painting it a soft robin-egg or cornflower blue to complement your soft yellow shade.
In a large room, walls covered in a bright shade of yellow can be overpowering. If you love a bright tint but want to pull back, paint just one wall. Placing your headboard in front of the bright wall can further soften the color's impact.
Yellow is a good choice for a gender-neutral nursery, and it can serve as a backdrop for other bright hues in a child's room. Lemon yellow is energizing and is believed to foster productivity, making it a good choice for the homework or reading area of a student's bedroom. Many teen-age girls love a mix of bright colors, and a combination of yellow and pink is a good choice. Purple is another youthful color that can give a yellow room an extra color pop.
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