Emotional Interior Design: Using Yellow

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It’s a given to say that color is a powerful force in our lives and in our spaces. Of course it is. But, why is color so powerful?

I think one of the reasons is because it affects our moods and our emotions so distinctly. One of the big hitters on this score is yellow; a cheery and optimistic spectrum of color that lets the sunshine in – literally. But, what are the basic characteristics of yellow and the range of shades it represents? What are its strengths and its limitations? And most importantly, how do you intelligently add it to your space, keeping in mind the various emotional effects it can produce?

Take a look at this infographic to find out how to approach the business of interior design planning with an emotional approach in mind using yellow.

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So, yellow is a powerful addition, not to be underestimated despite its cheeriness. And in fact, that cheeriness can lead to annoyance if overused, kind of like that perpetually cheery person in your life that you can only take in small doses.

But, nonetheless once again the game is all about balance. Since color is such a powerful element, the most effective use of it lies in how other elements work in relation to it. The details of that are pretty subjective of course, which is why design is so much fun, and why the final ingredient to any interior space is the personality of the designer (and the occupants) reflected in it.

Your thoughts?

Do you agree that yellow is really too risky to use as a dominant color?

In which rooms does yellow naturally go well?

How have you found a balance using yellow? What complementary colors work best in your experience?

Tell me all about it in the comments section of this post!



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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.