Yellow adds warmth to a room, making it feel more inviting, and it can also be invigorating. “We’re seeing the color jump in popularity even more as people look for a way to infuse fun into their homes,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “I recommend using it in areas meant for play, or where you gather with friends and family, like a kitchen or living room.”
Aura readers and color psychologists often recommend it for creative spaces as well—anywhere you could use a pick-me-up (without downing another cup of coffee).
2. Go “Soft Modern” in the Kitchen
Pale yellow livens up a kitchen, but to keep it from feeling staring-into-the-sun intense, it’s best paired with a “soft modern” aesthetic. Picture clean lines—less ornate cabinetry—and a more minimalist approach to the space, with light wood tones and other organic elements woven in. “homeowners are seeking ways to create nurturing environments that promote positivity, connect them to nature and ease their minds,” says Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets. The overall feeling is more sunlight-wafting-through-a-cottage-window-on-a-spring-day than traffic light.