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Decorating with yellow paint colors

06/22/10 10:29 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By: admin

Decorating with yellow paint colors

Pick the right paint color and yellow can be dramatic, daring and surprisingly debonair. Here are some of the ways color-savvy designers prove that yellow isn’t always mellow in their room design.

  • By Susan Kleinman
    Though not a common choice for public spaces, this fabulous orangey-yellow was just right for the room — and for the folks who spend their time in it.

    Soft and subdued, yellow is often used in babies’ rooms and kitchens to create a calm, quiet place to begin a new life or to start the morning. But this versatile color is not just for the duck-and-bunny set or for old-fashioned spaces. Pick the right shade and yellow can be dramatic, daring and surprisingly debonair. Here are some of the ways color-savvy designers prove that yellow isn’t always mellow.
    Bold, bright and luscious, these mango walls were colored specifically for this space by San Francisco-based designer Martha Angus. The room is the living room in a pool house/guest house in Portola Valley, Calif., where the homeowners work in venture capital.

    “The wife of the house is of Greek heritage,” Angus says, “and she wanted a powerful, sunny color in the pool house.” The room would also host large slumber parties for the clients’ children, so it had to be fun, yet sophisticated.

    That’s where the mahogany floor and ceiling come in; the mango color was selected to work with the wood’s tones. Selecting the right yellow to work with various woods can be tricky, Angus says. “I think an ash-blond wood should work with just about any color,” she says, “but if the wood is warm toned (honey gold), then the wall color should be warm, too.”

    And of course, if you fall in love with yellow, a natural wood floor is not your only option. “My mother-in-law has a citron yellow living room and dining room,” says Angus. “And she has black floors. It looks fabulous.”

    To create a similarly vibrant effect in a New York City powder room, designer Barclay Fryery chose a bright shade that’s as welcome as a cab as it is on a rainy day.

    Think “New York” and you’re apt to think taxicabs: the bright yellow fleet that dominates the landscape and lends the city much of its high-energy look.
    “This apartment belongs to a modern-day ‘it girl’ and stockbroker to the stars,” designer Barclay Fryery says. “And the rest of the rooms are camel, black, cream and white, just like her delicious clothes. But for the powder room, I wanted something lively and fresh and unexpectedly modern.” Because there are no moldings to separate one plane from another, Fryery painted the ceiling the same color as the walls: Farrow and Ball’s Dayroom Yellow #233.

    “Surrounding the room in a single color adds a finished look,” he says. “In a small powder room you always need to have a wow factor, so be bold, and be dramatic.”

    Photo by Chi Chi Ubina

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