Yellow: a burst of sunshine for your home

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Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press • June 3,  2017

If you’ve seen any of the award shows lately, you know that one color has popped up all over the red carpet: yellow. Muted. Cobalt. Sequined. Think about the gowns worn by Viola Davis and Natalie Portman. And there is Bella’s unforgettable gold/yellow ball gown in Beauty and the Beast.

And that means one thing: home interior colors follow fashion so here it comes into your home. For many, it never left.

Because I believe that current color follows what is happening in the world, it’s no surprise that yellow is popping up everywhere. A little yellow may be just what we need right now.

Who can resist yellow?

It’s hard to resist this kitchen accent in Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne Yellow. It works well with all of the white trim, ceilings and the white banquette and chairs. And the lemons and sunflowers! Photo: courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

It means summer. Sunflowers. Sun. Energy. A burst of happiness.

It’s a clean color that goes with almost any other hue: coral, blue, turquoise, lilac, grey.

As a Southwest Florida interior decorator I can promise that you don’t want too much of a good thing.  Done right, it works.   If not, you will be repainting that accent wall!

Sun-drenched yellow is popping up everywhere. But before you commit, take a peek at my suggestions and you will get it perfect the first time. I mean, seriously, who can’t use a burst of happiness? 

Mistake-proof pops of yellow.

·       Vase of sunflowers.

·       Pillows (always a good place to start with any color!).

·       Artwork.

·       Bowl of lemons on your kitchen counter.

·       Add a yellow rug to your entry, bathroom or lanai.

Yellow accents such as throw pillows, Lorraine tufted storage cubes, Venice metal-clad accent stool, pillows and books are beautiful in this white room with Pottery Barn’s Clara Lattice Storage Day Bed. With the coral throw, this is a pretty color palette that works well with yellow. Photo: courtesy of Pottery Barn.

Feeling bold? Try these!

·       Go for the yellow sofa. It will be gorgeous. Pair it with a palette that includes blues, greens, whites, creams.

·       White room? Try yellow drapes.

·       Paint the front door and include the interior side of the door. Favorite: Benjamin Moore’s Sparkling Sun.

·       White room? If you have coffered ceilings with space for white crown molding and a white primary ceiling, yellow looks gorgeous.

·       For the bedroom: Linens. Comforter. Sheets. Lots of pretty variations on this color are popular now.

This Benjamin Moore Banana Yellow accent wall adds a lot of WOW to this beautiful white kitchen. Photo: courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Fearless? Try these.

·       Paint an accent wall or wallpaper a powder room.

·       Mellow and bolder shades look great with lots of white trim, white crown moldings, white ceilings and white flooring.

·       Give the kitchen a punch with high gloss yellow in a more mellow Benjamin Moore Wildflowers or Lemon Sorbet.

·       Try a dining room accent wall in a gold/yellow with Benjamin Moore’s Goldfinch.

·       Note: Don’t risk paining an entire room in yellow unless there is room for lots of white or cream tones to soften it.

Whether you are fearless or feeling a little timid about adding yellow, go ahead and try a little something that adds a burst to your home. Or do what I did and try some yellow nail polish! Find more ideas and photos at


Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator, A.S.I.D. associate and certified gold member of the Interior Redecorators Network. She has helped homeowners throughout Southwest Florida with timeless, affordable ways to create beautiful spaces and to solve decorating problems. Her article appears the first Saturday of each month. For more information visit her website at Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail For more decorating tips, articles and photos, visit