Not So Mellow Yellow

Yellow isn’t necessarily on my top list of colors I covet, yet it does bring fond memories of my great grandmother’s home. A yellow home, a yellow front door, and a yellow kitchen. Believe me when I tell you, it was actually quite chic, despite how it may sound. The walls in the home in which I grew up were yellow, the classic kind of hue that goes with antiques, oriental rugs, and traditional art.

Recently, unless you are the Drybar, yellow has become a less popular choice. It can sometimes evoke a 90’s era of interiors that feels stale instead of current. I’ve decided I like yellow the most when it is used in accents or in superb traditional rooms. It is in a class all of its own when it is “butter” color,  yet it is a vibrant and playful addition when it is more of a “zesty lemon.” Whatever you do, don’t show me “mustard” or “tuscan yellow.” Only the Italians can pull off tuscan yellow (see here).

If you look below, you will find several fabulous images of yellow that will have you feeling anything but mellow today.


Henri Samuel and Susan Gutfreund designned this yellow living room

A sophisticated and traditional yellow room that looks fabulous with this mix of antiques. Via Veranda


Kelli Ford’s iconic yellow hallway in her Dallas home. Every bit glam and chic as she is. Via Veranda

Miles Redd Yellow Entry via AD

A strong and bold yellow in the entry of this Houston home designed by Miles Redd via AD

Yellow walls in this den via Veranda

A smart and timeless use of yellow and red (hoot, hoot, to all you Chi Omegas out there!). Via Veranda

Carlton Varney via AD

A sweet patterned day bed is placed in this completely classic room by Carleton Varney. Via AD

Bill Brockschmidt Nashville home via Elle Decor

An extremely superb oval dining room with yellow walls and curtains. It is the type of yellow that will look good  100 years from now. Bill Brockschmidt’s Nashville dining area via Elle Decor.

Thom Filicia Yellow room in AD

A more modern and current approach to yellow in this room by Thom Filicia . Via AD

Tori Mellott wallpapered hallway via Domino

Tori Mellott’s wallpapered hallways in a golden yellow. Via Domino

Wiseman Group Yellow bedoom via AD

Can I just steal that bench?! There is a serene and timeless ambience in this bedroom by the Wiseman Group. Via AD

Yellow chair in a garden tablescape by Celerie Kemble via Lonny

A fantastic rooftop space full of planters of boxwood and posh yellow chairs. This tablescape area is by Celerie Kemble via Lonny.

Yellow walls in this  hallway by Nick Olsen

Nick Olsen has fabulously yellow molded walls with splashes of color and punches of purple.

Yellow chair in a corner via Susan Greenleaf via Lonny

Susan Greenleaf incorporated a fantastic yellow fabric in her San Fran home. Via Lonny

Yellow Chairs via Elle Decor

I can’t get enough of these chairs in yellow. They take the room to another level. An unexpected element that still fits the overall atmosphere.    Via Elle Decor

Yellow Kitchen via AD

A yellow kitchen (similar to the yellow of my great grandmother’s kitchen). I love this creamy shade. Via AD

Yellow room via House Beautiful

A fantastic yellow living area with a more current mood. I love the chocolate velvet against the yellow. What a fun and eclectic space. Via Elle Decor

Richard Stone’s home in West Bergholt, England. via AD

Yellow walls and curtains incorporated with topiary and blue and white. An ideal placement of yellow. Via AD