Best Colors for Your Home: Pale Yellow

It’s time to talk color.  Let’s take a look at a perennial favorite: pale yellow.  There are some gorgeous shades of creamy yellows out there.  Many of them function as neutrals, matching with just about any other color they are paired with.  This makes pale yellows a good starter color for those of you who are a little shy about using anything other than white, gray, or tan on your walls.  In fact, when paired with white, light yellow creates a perfect two-tone effect.

Pale yellow is a surprisingly versatile color, and it works well with seasonal décor year round.  It’s a perfect match with the pastels of Spring.  Summertime’s beachy vibe and bright colors look great against a sandy yellow.  Warmed up by fall’s rich earth tones, creamy yellows provide a perfect backdrop to showcase the colors of fall.  In the winter, yellow adds a much needed dose of sunshine, and looks fabulous with bright, holiday colors.  In fact, if you really enjoy dramatic changes in colors and accessories to celebrate various holidays and seasons in your home, then I whole-heartedly recommend a shade of yellow as the perfect canvas for your work.

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Windham Cream by Benjamin Moore at Our Nifty Notebook

Sesame by Benjamin Moore at Young House Love

Ambiance by Benjamin Moore at LouLou Sucre

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Windham Cream by Benjamin Moore at Houzz

Friendly Yellow by Sherwin Williams at Honey We’re Home

Butter by Benjamin Moore

Butter by Benjamin Moore at Houzz

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Sundance by Benjamin Moore at Houzz

Blonde by Sherwin Williams at Amanda Carol at Home

Weston Flax by Benjamin Moore at In the Little Yellow House

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Cornsilk by Benjamin Moore at Houzz

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Baked Scone by Valspar at Houzz

Butter by Restoration Hardware at Debbiedoo’s

Chamois by Ralph Lauren at Casa de Berry

Bright Idea by Krylon at Scissors and Spatulas

Manila Tint by Behr at Thrifty Decor Chick


Pale Daffodil by Behr at The Old Painted Cottage

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  1. I painted our guest bedroom a pale yellow last year and I still love it. It’s the brightest, most cheerful room in the house. I paired the yellow with varying shades of gray and black to make the room look more classy and mature and I’m thinking of adding some coral to the mix this year!

  2. I helped my mother paint her kitchen a few years back from a country blue to a pale yellow – she didn’t want to replace the light blue countertops or the real oak (not the weird ninties honey oak, these are slightly darker like real oak) and it was the perfect color to bring her kitchen to life.

  3. Love it. Yellow is a new shade to me that I am working into the color palette for this house. Thanks for all of the colors. The only hard part is to choose which ones are my favorite!

  4. I painted my interior Sherwin Williams “Creme” 15 years ago…I have NEVER tired of it and even used the same color when I repainted all my walls 7 years ago!
    I am so happy to see someone post about the virtues of “yellow.” With all the greys, whites and tans, I was beginning to think I was “out dated”…but I LOVE this color. Bright and cheery in the daytime and warm and cozy at night! For me it is the perfect template for whatever color I want to infuse in my decor…whether it be red, blue, green or whatever strikes my fancy! I just change the accessories. And since I store “leftover” paint, annual touchups are a breeze. My walls always look freshly painted!
    Thank you for letting me know I am still “with it.” LOL!