Forsythia and daffodils, dandelions and daisy’s. Baby chicks. The glow of the sun. Warmth, brightness and optimism and cheer. This is how we usually think of the color yellow. Although we most often think of yellow as pulsating with life as in the examples above, yellow also has polar opposite qualities we may prefer to ignore. In animal life it sends a mixed message, especially when combined with black – a warning – think bees. In humans, our decline may be noticed by the jaundiced skin of illness, and in nature, despite the beauty, the yellow leaves signify death. In history, interestingly enough, it was often a color of power. In ancient times the Chinese emperors were the only ones allowed to wear the yellow colored garment. Yellow can be soft, subtle or bold, muted, sunny or fiery, creamy, relaxing or invigorating. Yellow can either be the star, the diva in a room or a supporting actor or offer only a tiny walk on role. In psychology we again see opposites in that the color yellow, although most often associated with the mind and intellect as well as optimism, it also suggests impatience and cowardice….thus the expression yellowed bellied coward. Yet yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm for life. think about how good it feels to emerge from day after day of gray days to the warmth of the sun on our face. Isn’t that why many of us want to head to the beach in winter? Yet it can also be anxiety producing, vibrating too fast in it’s brightness or saturation, despite the fact that it can also assist with clarity of thought and ideas. Yellow is also the most visible of all colors which is why it is used in caution signs and traffic lights.
Picking a yellow paint or fabric, or to use in combination with another color(s) can sometimes offer challenges as to how much and where to use it. Let’s look at some examples of yellow decor.
So let’s consider yellow in it’s varying intensity…….these examples will allow you to see how the deepness or lack of it affects your like or dislike of each hue.
Now lets look at some rooms and see how the depth or intensity of color and or color combinations affects your overall impression of the room.
I like yellow best when there is a lot of light, natural light. Yellow seems to amplify the beautiful effect of natural light and vice versa. When trees are part of the equation, a room can have shadows and at times the feeling can be ethereal. I had a huge kitchen on the farm painted yellow. There were windows and french doors all around and so it already had so much gorgeous natural light. The yellow I chose really was perfect for that space. Friends and guest used to say to me “You know Charisse, I am not a fan of yellow, but this kitchen is beautiful and I might have to reconsider”. I loved that particular yellow color, but it would never have worked or looked the same in this house, or at least it would not have had the same warmth and impact. Yellow is like that……sometimes happy, warm and wonderfully inviting, and sometimes not at all.
Thanks for stopping by. Laters, charisse
Sources: empower with color
origin of expression yellow bellied