'Intelligent' Home Decorating with Yellow

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Yellow can be demanding, warm, lively or luxurious. It is the most difficult color for the eye to see and it takes on the hues of other colors. Yellow also makes for flattering highlights. Feng Shui practitioners use yellow in hallways and kitchens, but not in meditation rooms or bathrooms.

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In the West, yellow stands for:

  • sunlight
  • warmth
  • enlightenment
  • communication
  • cowardice
  • deceit

Feng Shui uses yellow to symbolize:

  • intellect
  • stimulate learning

Yellow stimulates the brain and digestion. It's positive attributes are optimism, reason and decisiveness. On the other hand, yellow can represent craftiness, exaggeration or rigidity.

A sunny yellow color paired with white cabinets is very popular for kitchens. When I was a child, my mom painted my bedroom a lemon yellow. It's the only wall color I remember from childhood except for the burnt orange kitchen wall. Can you tell by the names of the colors what decade it was? Leave your guess in the comments.

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Using yellow in your children's rooms can help stimulate learning and help them with their schoolwork. Yellow is another color that demands attention, but this one doesn't overpower like red and orange. It's why so many businesses use it in their signs. You notice yellow as you pass by.

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Another memorable golden yellow room was in my sister's house. It was in a room that caught the evening sun and it had a warm glow at that time of day. I loved it! I was sad when I found out they had painted the room blue.

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Mustard yellow is very French Country. Gray walls are very popular right now and yellow is a beautiful accent to go with it. Yellow also looks good with black. Yellow is a cheerful and vibrant color and comes in a wide range of shades and tints. Use it for the walls or for a bright accent in your accessories.

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Yellow is a primary color and very versatile. Be careful using too much yellow because studies have shown that the hue can make people lose their tempers more often. Maybe using more yellow in your home will help you remember where you left those darn keys instead!

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Comments (6)

Christine Cumming SeaRealEstate.com
Real Estate Portfolio Acquisition - Santa Cruz, CA
California Real Estate and Business 831.588.7767

Cool Christina, your post makes me want to go home a paint.  I really think I'll be doing the kitchen and maybe even the hall.  Have a wonderful holiday season.  Christine

Nov 25, 2011 05:56 AM
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

I don't know what to make of it but I have a totally yellow bathroom.  I hope that does negate my feng shui.

Nov 25, 2011 06:07 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Loved your post...colour "therapy" is interesting.   Will be making sure to pay attention to the double sides of yellow.

Nov 25, 2011 06:50 AM
Christina Rodriguez
Diva by Design™ - Harlingen, TX

Thank you, Christine. I find painting walls in my home to be a very calming activity. It's really nice now that my kids are old enough to help. They seem to like it and we get done a lot quicker. Have fun painting!

Nov 25, 2011 12:48 PM
Christina Rodriguez
Diva by Design™ - Harlingen, TX

Yellow is good for bathrooms since it is a happy color. The bathroom tends to be a negative space in the home for Feng Shui and adding earth energy there is good for your finances.

Nov 25, 2011 12:50 PM
Christina Rodriguez
Diva by Design™ - Harlingen, TX

I agree that color therapy is interesting. It helps in choosing color for your home as well. One shade of a color can have such a different effect than another shade of the same color. Keeps things from getting boring and helps people to understand why they may be drawn to a particular hue.

Nov 25, 2011 12:53 PM