Yellow is notoriously difficult when it comes to painting a room. However, the beauty of this delightful color is that once you get it right, it can totally transform the space.
Yellow is more versatile than you might think. The right shade of yellow can be daring and sophisticated or soft and calming. Additionally, as a traditional color, yellow has never really gone out of style. Whether in kitchens or guest rooms, yellow can be a vibrant, beautiful choice that brightens up any space.
The secret is to find the perfect color by identifying the undertone. Yellow often has a green or orange undertone that can totally change how it looks in your home. Once you've narrowed down your options, sample any color you are considering before committing it to your walls.
Here are 10 top yellow paint colors with guidance on how to make them work in any room in your home.
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If you want to experiment with yellow, but you're not quite ready to go full on Curious George, you may love Sherwin-Williams Cachet Cream. This peachy, neutral yellow paint color is a subtle color perfect for living rooms, dining rooms, or entryways.
The underlying peach in Cachet Cream helps it pair well with reddish wood, while its ginger tones will intensify if placed near green accents.
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Maybe you're fully committed to yellow, so you want to embrace it in all its sunshine glory. The Spruce Best Home Wax Pepper is the perfect shade to help you do that. Try this vibrant hue in kitchens or playrooms—anywhere that receives natural light that can really work with its playful undertones.
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Behr's Turmeric is not for the faint of heart, but in the right room, it adds endless mood and personality. This deep -yellow is perfect for living rooms or dining rooms, and it pairs well with other bold colors such as teal or orange. If you want a yellow that packs a punch, this is it.
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Valspar Saffron Ivory is a soft and elegant yellow paint color that is perfect for just a hint of color in any room. Nearly white—but not quite—Saffron Ivory lends itself to be the main color in a scheme filled with warm and saturated accents. This soothing color would be an excellent choice for your bedroom or guest room.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Joanna Gaines of Magnolia fame is a pro at selecting colors to accent the perfect modern farmhouse. Magnolia Heirloom Yellow is a rustic, antique color with a little bit of green mixed in. It's an earthy color that feels grounded and mature and works well in nearly any space.
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Bright yellows are happy and mood-boosting. Paint a room with Behr Bicycle Yellow, and you won't be able to keep your smile away every time you step in. Bicycle Yellow is the color of sunny kitchens (even when there is no sun around) or welcoming guest rooms. Paired with creamy white and black accents, Bicycle Yellow can be sophisticated and refined.
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Gold is a sophisticated and traditional color that has never gone out of style. Valspar Redstone Dining Room Gold is a warm and bold gold paint color with earthy undertones. As its name suggests, this color is a gorgeous choice for dining rooms, but also works well in a den or reading room.
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If you love the idea of using a light green in your home but are afraid it could become a Kermit-inspired mess, Sherwin-Williams Moonraker is the perfect yellow paint color to consider. Moonraker is a yellow-green hue that is muted enough to make it surprisingly versatile. Consider this color for laundry rooms, nurseries, or dining rooms.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow is a traditional yellow paint color that is easy to work with. This rich yellow color is extremely popular with designers and colorists because of its presence and depth. Hawthorne Yellow shines as an exterior paint color but is also a favorite choice for front doors. It's just bright enough to add a little pop of color while remaining mature and sophisticated.
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Annie Sloan is the queen of chalk paint, and her English Yellow hue is the perfect color for creating bright, poppy accents. Use this chalk paint to DIY a dining room table or dresser, and add the perfect amount of cheer to an otherwise neutral or all-white room.