Bright Yellow Breakfast Room

A lifestyle photographer turns a cramped space into a cheerful breakfast nook with bursts of yellow.
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November 25, 2014

A Blank Canvas

Lifestyle photographer Daniel Collopy chose yellow as the main color for the dining room remodel of his West Hollywood apartment. The project involved replacing wall-to-wall carpet with a white-stained plywood herringbone floor and adding architecture to the room with removable wall paneling.

A Graphic Focal Point

To ensure the graphic impact of the wall paneling was visible from the entrance as well as from the adjacent kitchen, Daniel had the dining room's two main walls clad with the custom yellow-and-white treatment.

Custom Lighting

To give a retail pendant fixture a custom showroom look, Daniel had his contractor spray the outside white and the inside canary yellow.

A Bright Update Idea

To give the dining set a designer update, Daniel had the chairs and table sprayed with a glossy yellow finish and the chairs reupholstered with a traditional ethnic print.

Cheerful Chairs

Daniel had vintage chairs reupholstered in a traditional Uzbekistan-made print called Suzani.

Wall Paneling

When designing the custom removable wall paneling, the contractor stuck with dimensions divisible by the length and width of the walls. After taking precise measurements, he used 14-inch squares separated by 3-inch MDF (medium density fiberboard) trim. To add depth, Daniel had the inset portions painted yellow, then added contrast by painting the MDF trim ultra-white.

Herringbone Floors

Daniel wanted to do something special with the dining room floors. He had plywood cut into planks, then cut into a herringbone pattern and stained white.

Artful Yellow

A lover of the outdoors as well as Danish modern and midcentury design, Daniel was inspired by a piece of vintage Danish modern art given to him by a friend. The same yellow seen in the painting and on its frame was used on the insets of the wall paneling.

Personal Pieces

Daniel spends a lot of time in the dining room editing his own photos, so he hung one of his pieces on the wall.

Friendly and Inspiring

Daniel likes yellow because it's bright and makes the room feel clean, fresh and zesty. He serves guests glasses of fresh lemonade in mismatched jars, from which Daniel removes the tags and uses as drinkware.

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