Yellow Bedrooms

If you love the idea of waking up to sunshine every morning, yellow is your go-to color, but choosing the right shade is vital.



Bring light into your room with a vivid yellow. RMSer switchedonaudrey knows how to make a statement with her yellow and gray bedroom. From the circle artwork to the upholstered footboard, every item in the room has a touch of sunshine.

By: Gina Hannah

Waking up in a bedroom painted yellow can be like waking up to sunshine every day, no matter what the weather is doing outside.

Inspiring Contemporary Bedrooms

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Graphic Wallpaper

This cozy contemporary bedroom is complete with an intimate seating arrangement, plush fabrics and clean-lined accents. Graphic wallpaper adds character and whimsy to the master bedroom. Design by Jennifer Jones

Corals and Grays

Who says contemporary design is cold? The warm, dark gray paint is a beautiful backdrop to the crisp cream and corals. Design by Ana Donohue

Crisp Lines

White on white can be a timeless and refreshing palette. Using a dark paint color to make your whites pop, along with metallic accents, creates a luxury hotel-style bedroom. Design by Domicile Interior Design

Dramatic Bed

When working in a large-scale bedroom, you can use oversized pieces of furniture to anchor your space. This beautiful wood headboard becomes a centerpiece in this contemporary dream room. Design by SPI Design

Seaside Hues

Natural fabrics keep this bedroom feeling light, and organic linen upholstery, breezy window coverings and sea grass area rugs provide a consistent palette without being too matched or themed. Photography by Jeri Koegel. Design by Natalie Umbert

Statement Wall

Make a strong statement with a wood wall or exposed brick. Keeping the furnishings light ensures the final product will not be too dark or overpowering. Artwork can be kept to a minimum with this approach. Design by Madelyn Simon

Subdued Stripes

A cherry wood bed from Thomas Moser positioned in front of horizontally striped wallpaper creates a focal point for this bedroom. Layers of textures lend sophistication to this space. Design by Erica Islas

Playful Details

The vibrant patterns in the bedding and window treatments bring a youthful vibe to this open, bright bedroom. The bold green nightstand pops against the pale blue wall color, and playful wall art adds a girly touch. Design by Erinn Valencich

From: Erinn Valencich

Enticing Red

Bold red fills this intimate bedroom, from the walls to the bedding. Sleek black bedside lamps and textured bedding bring a contemporary vibe to the space. Designer Marie Burgos placed black-and-white photography above the bed for a feminine focal point.

Floral Accents

The floral-print bedding and artwork soften this mostly contemporary bedroom. The deep purple color of the carpet is carried through to the lamps and accessories. The drum shade chandelier brings sparkle to the space. Design by Joseph Pubillones

Spa-Like Features

Soft textures and a subtle color palette create a soothing ambiance in this spa-inspired bedroom. The plush oversized headboard and wall-mounted lamps provide extra comfort when reading a book in bed. Design by Ann Wisniewski

Dramatic Walls

Designer Erinn Valencich implemented bold-patterned wallpaper to make a dramatic statement in this contemporary bedroom. The bamboo-inspired window blinds and headboard anchor the space, while the velvet blue bench adds subtle color.

From: Erinn Valencich

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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