Worn by Queen Elizabeth for the royal wedding, yellow is popping up everywhere this season, especially in interior design. A splash of yellow brightens a room and no matter what your style there’s a yellow hue for you.
“I happen to love color. Color excites me,” said Bethesda-based Interior Designer Camille Saum, who designed the dining room in the Washington D.C. Design House. Saum’s favorite yellow is chartreuse, a greenish yellow.
Saum loves chartreuse so much she used it on the floors, walls and upholstery in the design house. Her stunning dining room design featured wood floors painted chartreuse and white in a checker board pattern. She upholstered the dining chair fronts in patent leather like chartreuse and a floral pattern on the back. She accessorized the room by hanging bright chartreuse colored plates on the wall.
“My faux finisher painted the floors. I particularly love painting floors and I recommend this for dining rooms because they are easy to maintain,” said Saum. “It’s important that you put sealant on it. If you seal them properly they are so easy to maintain. I have them in my home.”
Quince is the yellow of choice for Susan Beimler, a D.C.-based interior designer featured in the book “Farrow and Ball: The Art of Color” (August 2007). Beimler loves using splashes of quince, a lemon-like greenish yellow fruit with hints of brown. She said the brown undertones makes quince a versatile yellow.
Visit Crate and Barrel at Clarendon Market Common and you’ll find quince and chartreuse colored pillows, cookware, cushions and even furniture.
These mellow yellows also work well in outdoor living spaces. Sunbrella, a line of outdoor fabric available at Crate and Barrel and Calico Corners, makes beautiful designs for umbrellas, pillows and cushions.
Of course the easiest and least expensive way to introduce yellow into your home décor is by using paint. In its 2011 Color Trends forcast, Sherwin Williams featured pastel chartreuse in a festive kitchen design.
If you love yellow, but want something more neutral, try Sherwin Williams' New Colonial Yellow, a brownish yellow that could be used instead of neutrals such as wheat, sand or beige. Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne yellow, with its slight gray undertones, is another neutral yellow that works well in modern and traditional interiors. Another Benjamin Moore favorite is straw, a yellow with orange undertones that adds warmth to a room.
How much is too much? Avoid going over the top by using yellow sparingly with accessories. “When I bring color into a space, it’s usually with things that are easily replaced, like the art, the plates,” said Saum. "That way you can easily change the entire room."