Building on a neutral blank slate, the mood of your living room can be changed by adding joyous, sunny yellow and other primary colors.
A neutral base is a great beginning for decorating, especially in a rental or small room where white walls visually expand the space. This living room starts with a single palette of neutrals.
Jolts of color and pattern can quickly rev up a neutral room. Try this: Pick three hues that are evenly spaced on the color wheel (red + yellow + blue = a triad color scheme). Let one color dominate; here, it’s yellow.
A sunny yellow-and-white trellis-pattern rug is layered atop the jute floor covering.
The coffee table gets a refreshed frame in buttery hues.
Too much yellow may tire the eyes, so snow-white ceramic pieces provide visual relief—even though they occupy a bright yellow tray. Lining it with a square of floral paper brings a pretty pattern to the top of the coffee table.
A lampshade, abstract painting, lively pillows and whimsical crocheted afghan mix red, yellow and blue with abandon. You can feel the temperature rising.
Squares of black-and-white fabric cool down the bright hues seen in theis midcentury-style chair’s retro patchwork upholstery. Behind it, a yellow-painted side table makes sure your eyes reach that corner of the room. Fresh flowers link to the nearby painting’s subject.
Bold and happy, yellow adds a splash of joy to a room. These pieces lighten the mood with their bright, uplifting tones.
Products of Interest
Hand-stitched from woven wool, this patchwork-motif chair jazzes up a space with its dynamic color mix and its cool “Eiffel” chrome legs. 2xhome Modern Upholstered Eames Style Armchair; $136.99, amazon.com
Durable and easy-care, this soil-resistant rug is identically patterned on both sides for a longer floor life. Made of 100 percent pure new wool; vacuum only. Stockholm Rug; $199, ikea.com
The clean lines and vibrant hue of this charming pillow pair well with most decors. Rizzy Home Transitional Frayed Chevron Throw Pillow; $40.99, target.com
This versatile bamboo tray can be used for entertaining or flipped over as a flat display surface. Convenience Concepts Palm Beach Tray; $25.36, walmart.com
Color, shape and texture: This table is the ultimate style triple threat. Place it in a living room or bedroom as a lively accent piece. Palm Beach Yellow Spindle End Table; $45.46, homedepot.com
Showcase you favorite photos in this simple scoop frame in a yummy yellow hue. Scoop Frame, Simply Essentials™ By Studio Décor®; $8.99, michaels.com
Texture and beauty unite in this stunning landscape tree piece; the transitional look, combined with rich blue and gold coloring, make it suitable for any décor. 40-in W x 30-in Frameless Landscapes Canvas Print; $8.63, lowes.com
Flocked Linen Large 10-Inch Lamp Shade In Yellow/White; $24.99 , bedbathbeyond.com
Kaleidoscopic tufts are an effortless way to get a just right bohemian vibe in your living room. Tufted Ayla Throw Blanket; $148 , anthropologie.com
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