How to Decorate With Yellow and Gray

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So many daffodils are popping up here in Philadelphia and I just adore the cheerful yellow pops of color dotting the yards of my friends and neighbors.  You know that I love the color combination of gray and yellow so much that I made it the image of my brand.I also adore this combination in home interiors and wanted to share with you some stunning images of rooms that have been done in this fabulous combination to inspire your next makeover whether for Staging or Staying.

But…yellow is a difficult color to choose for your walls because it is highly reflective and in studies, rooms painted yellow have been shown to be unsettling to people and actually increase anxiety levels.  I actually experienced this in my own house a few years ago.  On the recommendation of a friend who is a very talented designer, I painted a room Benjamin Moore’s Marblehead Gold and it was just awful.  It may be a beautiful color in some spaces, but not for mine.  Every time I walked into that room, the color startled me.  I lived with it for way too long because I didn’t have the heart to tell my husband that we needed to repaint.  Finally, in a brave moment, he dropped a bomb.  He admitted that he didn’t like the color and waited for me to explode.  I can’t even imagine his relief when I gave him a huge kiss and told him I had hated it too!

So, if you think you want a yellow room, why not take the approach that you will see in the images below. Especially for Staging, notice how yellow is brought into the spaces.  It is used mostly in the accents so the rooms feel like “yellow rooms” without actually being painted yellow.  You will see they are still super sunny and definitely stunning!


Williams-Sonoma Home

I absolutely love this art arrangement!  This is such a great idea–using scrapbook paper and Ikea Ribba frames–for creating the look of a headboard in a staging project.

Courtesy of Martha Stewart

A fabulous way to add interest to and highlight built in bookcases.  Go for it!  Paint the back!

Look at the yellow stool and window panels draw attention to the fireplace.  I’m crazy for the mix of traditional elements with the fresh color palette.  It really keeps And, note to self, mantles don’t always have to be painted white.

This room almost…almost…makes me want to have another little bambino, it’s so sweet!

  So, what do you think?  Which room is your favorite?   If you want to sell your house faster and happier, become a client so I can make your move a fun and successful one!

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Comments (5)

Ki Gray LLC - Aspen, CO - the ultimate snowsport home search!

Hadn't given much consideration to decorating with these colors.  Great photos - those rooms look terrific.

Mar 26, 2013 04:28 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Loved your post...and you're right, pops of yellow are invigorating.

Mar 26, 2013 04:33 AM
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

I love the post! Those rooms look amazing!

Mar 26, 2013 05:10 AM
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

I love yellow.  Gray is okay as long as it stays in the background!  

Mar 26, 2013 04:47 PM
Lori Fischer - Fort Washington, PA

hi everyone!

I know--aren't those rooms stunning?  not my work, but totally inspirational!

Apr 03, 2013 01:23 AM