Yellow… a lot or just a little

January 10, 2013



Craving a little warmth on this barren January day?


There is always… yellow.



via National Geographic


In its pure clean form, yellow can be overpowering on walls and tricky to work with. But when designers get it right, it can sing.


I love it on the walls of this dining room at  Monticello, balanced by other strong elements (heavy white trim and dark wood furniture and doors). You can read about how this paint color, Ralph Lauren’s ‘Monticello Yellow’, was chosen here:



via Elle Decor


And the designer, Mary Douglas Drysdale, is brilliant at the use of strong yellow on a large scale.



via casart



via the french tangerine


Personally, I love it in very small doses and, like other saturated shades, it can actually be just as powerful used this way.

Take a look.


via houzz



via decor 8



via the style files


via Elle Decor 



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I hope that warmed you up– a lot, or just a little!

Happy New Year  !





2 Responses

  1. Libby says:

    Jean: I have always been a fan of yellow! I like the brights in small doses, but I also don’t mind lots and lots of yellow. Love that golden yellow in the ‘casart’ image. I’m redoing my blog header and having quite a time deciding on yellows (and grays)!

    • jeankee says:

      Thank you, Libby! Hope you are having a mild winter down in Chapel Hill.

      I love Mary Douglas Drysdale.. that is actually her wallpaper (Casart) in that photo. Yellow is hard that saturated… she always gets it right.

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