Best Colors for Your Home: Bright Yellow

The last edition of the Color Files featured rooms painted in creamy shades of pale yellow.  They were all really pretty, and the light yellows provided a great canvas for decorating with a variety of other colors and various styles.  In this edition of Color Files, while the shades are all yellow, I wouldn’t describe any of them as a “canvas”.  Today we’re looking at bright yellows that really pop.  These paint colors aren’t ones to take a backseat—they become the stars of the show, the focal points of a room.  In fact, a squeeze of lemon yellow was just the ingredient I needed to add to my last house as a finishing touch.

There’s no denying that these sunny hues are cheerful, wake-up-and-smell-the-roses kinds of colors.  They are definitely a bolder choice than their paler cousins.  It’s the perfect pairing with a moodier gray or contrasting navy.  It adds a dose of summer fun next to beachy corals and sky blues.  On furniture, it adds an unexpected element of whimsy.  And on the walls…well, you can’t help but feel like you’ve been playing in the sunshine when you’ve been in a bright yellow room.

Bright Yellow Pin Pic

 Bright Yellow Paint Colors For Your Home!

Yellow grand father clock

 Bright Yellow Grandfather Clock via My Lovely Things


Yellow Lacquered Cabinets  in Van Gogh Yellow Via Martha Stewart

Yellow Rain Coat by Benjamin Moore

Yellow Rain Coat by Benjamin Moore via Midwest Living

kitchen with yellow stools

Yellow stools via Habitually Chic

yellow striped ceiling

Yellow stripped ceiling via Habitually Chic

Brigth Yellow Door and bench in white entry room

Bright Yellow Entry Door via Apartment Therapy

yellow drawer interiors

Bright Yellow Drawer interiors via Deny Designs

Layers & Layers by Ann Starr Agencies

{Wallpaper} Layers & Layers by Anne Starr Agencies at Houzz

Yellow Mirror yellow roses

Yellow Painted Mirror via Martha Stewart

Banana Yellow by Sherwin Williams

Banana Yellow by Sherwin Williams at Houzz

egg yolk by martha stewart paint

Egg Yolk by Martha Stewart at The Pleated Poppy

Pinned Image

Lemon Grove by Benjamin Moore at Houzz


Cheerful by Sherwin Williams at Hi Sugar Plum!

Full Sun by Valspar Eddie Bauer Home at Young House Love

Yellow Gloss by Valspar at Under the Sycamore


Custom Mix Yellow at Chez Larsson

Sun Yellow by Rustoleum at Young House Love

Beach Umbrella by Valspar at Dear Daisy Cottage

{Buffet} Jackson Square by Valspar at Lolly Jane

Jackson Square by Valspar

Jackson Square by Valspar at Houzz

bookcase color - Solar Fusion by Behr Paint

{Back of the Bookcase} Solar Fusion by Behr at To Newlywedism and Beyond…

Apricot Brandy by CIL Paints - yellow paint color

Yellow: Apricot Brandy by CIL Paints at My House. My Canvas.

Bright yellow accents on white

Yellow Accents in White room via Camille Styles 

Yellow enrty door with grey exterior

Yellow Entry door on Grey exterior via Canadian House and Home

Yellow Entry door on white exterior

Yellow Entry Door on a White Home Exterior via LDa Architeture and Interiors

Don’t you just love these bright yellow paints!  It makes me so EXCITED for spring (may be jumping the jun a little bit!)

Featured image in the title of this post via Better Homes & Gardens

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  1. I love all the yellow especially the yellow grand father clock! Yellow is one of my accent colors in several of my rooms. It makes it so cheery and bright.

  2. I wish I was brave enough to use such a bright yellow…I love it…but…have color paralysis…right now I have 6 shades of paint swatches I have painted on my kitchen walls…STIll (since Sept) CANNOT choose one…EVERYTHING in the house is currently off white…ready for color, but it is hard to jump off and do it! 🙁

    1. You can DO it!! DO IT! DO IT! (I’m cheering you on!) If you are that worried though, it may be best to go with a bit of color but leaning toward the neutral side, that goes with many colors and then add pops of color in your accessories that can be changed out easily. That way you can work your way into adding color to your home, without the choice being so overwhelming!

    1. Since this was a guest post I actually can’t tell you! There is a link at the top of the post, to the author’s blog, they might be able to give you a little more info! Good Luck!