Follow These 7 Yellow Design Rules

Yellow seems pretty harmless when it’s paired with mustard or Beatles songs, but when it comes to home décor, you want to be a little careful. This frenetic, powerful color can have adverse effects on a room if it’s not used strategically, so here are seven yellow design rules to keep in mind when you decorate:
1.) Avoid nurseries.
Since yellow is so bright and intense, it can actually upset babies so much that they cry more. Babies tend to do that a lot anyway, so there’s no reason to shoot yourself in the foot with your nursery wall color. Go with a light blue or green instead, both of which promote calmness and sleep. On the contrary, yellow is great for your child’s playroom since it sparks creativity and imagination.
2.) Aim for accents.
Sometimes, less is more. Too much yellow is overpowering, but in small doses (lemon drops, if you will) it work extremely well. Consider perking up your living room sofa with a few yellow throw pillows or a set of curtains. Lighter yellows can also serve as great backdrops and backsplashes!
3.) Pair it with black.
There’s something extremely sleek and elegant about a yellow and black color combo. Pairing these two colors works well with things like sofa cushions, lamps and even picture frames. If you’re looking for some interior design tips for black, read: Color Theory: Black Magic.
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