The Energy and Warmth of Yelllow

Home Stager with Final Touch Designs, Inc.

A continuation of the personalities of color...


Throughout history gold stood for generosity, nobility, divinity, and wisdom.  The English word for yellow stems from the meaning "to gleam".  Could the name come from minerals, flowers, vegetables, or fruits?  In many cultures yellow or gold has been used to portray royalty, prestige, status and wealth.  In others, it has symbolized the sun and energy, life and growth, and nobility and holiness.  All cultures agree on yellow's warmth.

The message of yellow:  People who are drawn to yellow are often insightful and intuitive.  It's thought of as a friendly, joyous color that outgoing and open people love. In various studies, yellow is associated with comedy, playfulness, and a happy moods.  Have you noticed how yellow ribbons have been used in the past as signs of hope and optimism, and in current years as symbols of a safe return home for our troops? 

The personality of yellow:  Yellow is luminous and warm as are the people who like and surround themselves with it.  People who enjoy yellow are optimistic, imaginative, creative, artistic, often spiritual and intriguing, and highly intuitive.  They are often perfectionists who balance themselves with a noticeable job. They will welcome you in and keep you there with their intriguing personality.  They embrace change and tend to accomplish what they start.

No matter what shade of yellow you see, the moods are similar.  The color portrays warmth, cheer, activity, youthful vigor, and softness as it stimulates our senses and lifts our spirits by letting sunshine into our lives.  Warm yellow will enhance the natural light in any room.  If you want to bring in added warmth to any of the cool colors of the spectrum in a room, add yellow into the palette. 

Where other colors darken with saturation, yellow is the one color that becomes brighter with greater saturation.  If you want the eye to be attracted to an area of attention, yellow is the color to use.  When used in the kitchen where most families today gather, it offers an inviting and a sunny atmosphere in which to gather.  In children's rooms, yellow is fun, bright and inviting.

As many people have heard, "Yellow sells a home".  This is because a home's "curb appeal" draws people into its warmth to look further.

Next week, the color GREEN. 

Written by Cathy

Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Very nice post!  I for one, am drawn to yellow,... my favorite color!  It is bright and cheery and brings warmth to any environment.  Looking forward to reading your post on green and future color posts.

Apr 26, 2009 07:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


 I like yellow too.  I used Waterbury Cream by Benjamin Moore in my own kitchen and loved it.

Apr 26, 2009 07:49 AM
Todd McAllister
On Stage home staging and redesign co. Portland, OR. - Portland, OR

Cathy:  We recently staged a property with yellow walls.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, things are typically drab outside, so it is nice to use warm tones in homes to brighten them up.  Here is a photo of that staged home:

Apr 29, 2009 04:20 AM