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Sneak Peek: Best of Yellow

by Amy Azzarito

Since Naples Yellow was our Color of the Day, we’re ending the day with a look at the Best of: Yellow in our sneak peek homes. Full confession: yellow is a color that I shy away from – both in decorating and in dressing. It’s just so bold. But I’ve combed through our Sneak Peek Archives and found my favorite 20 homes that dare to use yellow. Some people go all out and paint yellow walls, others just use a single yellow piece for a jolt of color. And my favorite combination is now yellow, gray and white. It’s all making me rethink my yellow fear. –Amy Azzarito

Image above: Paired with bright white cabinets, the ’70s yellow kitchen tiles feel fresh and modern in Katie Graham’s Australian home.

Image above: Chicagoan Liz Cook painted her kitchen a bright sunflower yellow in order to make mornings a little cheerier. Her hound dog Henry just wants her to hurry up with his breakfast!

Image above: Amanda Happe wanted the pocket door to her bedroom in Toronto, Canada to add a little pop of color when she rolled it out.

See more Best of: Yellow after the jump!

Image above: Beautiful yellow wallpaper by Osborne and Little, in Rachel Bending’s Australian home on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary.

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All of the walls in Kiera Kushlan’s DC home are painted Benjamin Moore Decorators White.  After a few months living here, she decided that the bedroom needed something special so she did little DIY with a custom stamp and inkpad and added the yellow diamond stamps to just one wall.

Image above: Angela Hardison’s yellow lamp was an anniversary gift from her husband. It echos the yellow in her Dwell bedding and provides a pop color to the bedroom.

Image above: For some added color in her kitchen in Israel, Merav Sade covered the backs of her cabinets with a yellow wallpaper designed by Pip Studio

Image above: Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius moved from Brooklyn to Philadelphia nearly ten years ago. They renovated this home themselves adding a butter yellow to warm up the living space.

Image above: Sometimes you just need a small bit of yellow to make a big color statement. This clock at an antique fair outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Now it hangs in Chris and Julia Thomas’ Brooklyn apartment.

Image above: The yellow chairs in Lou Mora and Sara Yates’ Los Angeles home were an eBay steal. They’re paired with metal wire chairs from CB2.

Image above: A butter yellow in Lucy Allen Gillis‘ Athens, Georgia living room.

Image above: Australian chef Adrian Richardson’s Melbourne living room is a combination of a miscellaneous pieces picked up all over – that all work together  — the rugs are from the Junk Shop in North Melbourne, the coffee table is an old battered piece of industrial waste from Industria and the side table is an old Chinese tea chest from Adrian’s aunt. The artwork above the sofa is by Melbourne artist Rona Green.

Image above: Victoria and Matthew Hudgins’ dining room in Reno, Nevada might be small but it packs a big color punch.

Image above: Rebekka and Manley Seale painted this plain iron bed from Ikea a butter yellow. It gives the bed a vintage feel that perfect fits into the vibe of their 1930s home in Nashville.

Image above: Jessica McKay and Christopher Van Buskirk converted the attic in their Omaha, Nebraska home into a master suite. The bedding, from Dwell studio coordinates perfectly with the plaid blanket from Jessica’s grandparents.

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The kitchen in Jason Santa Maria and Megan Born’s Brooklyn apartment is painted Benjamin Moore Lightning White and Hawthorne Yellow. (That great lamp was cobbled together from parts found on eBay!)

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Illustrator Belinda Love Lee’s favorite color combination is gray, yellow and white. She says that it gives a room personality while still maintaining a relaxed vibe.

Image above: This large yellow sofa gives Steve Soria’s home in Santa Barbara California, a decidedly ’70s vibe.

Image above: Two yellow lounge chairs in Sarah Sherman Samuel’s Los Angeles bedroom.

Image above: Rebekah Carey McNall bought this piece from a vintage shop in Oakland, California.
The scroll designs are masking speakers; you open it up, and it has a radio, 8-track and record player.

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  • I’m not really a yellow person either, but this post may have changed my mind. The first shot of the yellow kitchen is so fabulous, how could you not feel happy cooking in there. Also love the shots with just a touch of yellow, a little really does go a long way!

  • LOVE the butter yellow bed! I was just thinking of painting my side table in the living room a sunny yellow this morning!

  • Amy! You absolutely must embrace the yellow/grey/white :) Our wedding embraced it! Yellow rose, white freesias, & grey suits for the boys :) Embrace, embrace!

  • Excellent collection – yellow is a massively underrated colour, I think. Being a man I find there’s an unfair notion it’s a Women Only colour. I think it works very well on men (at times – if it’s done well) but certainly as a decorative colour it’s fantastic. It always makes me think of bumble bees, honey, and spring.

  • I just love yellow – I have bright sunshine yellow walls in my kitchen with contrasting paintwork in a cornflower blue. It’s cheeful even on the dullest winter day. I would thoroughly recommend as positive colour therapy. There are a few pics of my kitchen on the website.

  • Katie Graham’s link to see the rest of her sneak peak doesn’t work–I’d love to see the house! That kitchen is rad.

  • Such a sunny post! So many places where a pop of yellow brings a room to life. I’m inspired to finally get to repainting my bedside tables in a beautiful yellow paint I bought a while back.

  • Obviously a long overlooked color. Loved this post. Made me remember when my mother painted her kitchen yellow in the 60s.

  • First timer to Design Sponge…man did my days just become less productive. I am usually conservative on color (most of my condo is gray) . I am fixing up my first place right now, trying to take it from 70s old lady to this century 20 something. I love the color Yellow (which is why I immediately clicked this post). I really wanted my bathrooms to have that art deco yellow, black, and white look as best I could with my budget. The first bathroom is done now and every morning the color wakes me up and makes me happy http://myfirstpad.wordpress.com/tag/the-scary-bathroom-project/

  • Oh, mellow yellow. This sneak peek makes me think of a major piece of yellow yardage in my stash. It’s got this smashing white/baby blue chevron down the middle. It’s really meant for upholstery…but I’m not into that just yet…so maybe a coat? A jacket? I need to do something with it before it becomes dated, like when the recession is over…yellow is going to look soooo 2012/2013.