Color Trend in Home Decorating: Yellow is the New Black

West Elm yellow room.

Once relegated to kitchens, bathrooms, kids’ rooms and dining rooms, yellow is now a hot home color trend for any room.

From pale yellow to dark mustard and everything in between, yellow is the cool kid on the block right now. It’s versatile, refreshing, and can fit with many home decorating styles—from modern to rustic, traditional, contemporary or whatever your style happens to be.

Yellow pairs well with gray and other neutrals as well as white, cream and off-white. For livelier combos try yellow with aqua, purple, red or pink. And for a more striking and bolder look,  pair yellow with black and white or with navy or other darker blue.

But what if you like the look, but don’t want to commit to paint or wallpaper? Don’t worry, you can get the yellow effect without a full on commitment by adding splashes this color trend to your home. (In fact, that’s a fabulous way to test out a color before committing to painting, wallpaper, or any other more permanent additions).

Throw Pillows

Yellow pillow accents.

Image: Honey Pie Design

Throw pillows are a fantastic way to incorporate any trend in your home. Toss a pillow on the couch and voila, instant trend. These pretty pillows from Honey Pie Design would do the trick.

Furniture Pieces

Yellow shabby chic dresser.

Image: Bank and Pearl

Another option is painted furniture, like this gorgeous refinished dresser from Bank and Pearl, or upholstered furniture, like this stunning custom-built antique Louis velvet chair from metrosofa.


Yellow home trend.


Lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces and other lighting choices are also an option. This vintage ceramic Mid-Century lamp from KOLORIZE would work well in a modern styled space.


Yellow Ikea rug.

Image: Ikea

Throw rugs can add a pop of color to any room, like this Moorish-inspired woven rug from Ikea.


Yellow home trend.

Image: Carriage Oak Cottage

Home accessories like vases, bookends, candle holders, and mini-statuary are also a low-effort way to add accents of yellow to your living spaces. This cement and stucco ombre vase from Carriage Oak Cottage is a gorgeous example of form, function and color.


Yellow woven throw.

Image: katee textiles

Every home needs a couple of throws for on the backs of couches and at the end of beds. This beautiful woven wool throw from katee textiles would make a stunning addition.


Yellow wall art.

Image: 7 Wonders Design

A neutral painted room with pops of colorful artwork on the walls is always a showstopper. This trio of flower and chevron prints from 7 Wonders Design would look stunning on light gray walls.


West Elm yellow curtains.

Image: West Elm

Try adding yellow curtains or blinds to get your yellow decor fix. West Elm’s canvas chevron curtains make a statement.

Main Image: West Elm

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