The 9 Best Yellow Paint Colors

Dining nook using Benjamin Moore hawthrone yellow
Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow HC-4.

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Yellow can be one of those difficult colors to paint with. But the beauty of this delightful color is that once you get it right, it can totally transform a room. Plus, yellow is more versatile than you may think. The right shade of yellow can be daring and sophisticated or soft and calming.

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, it's important to sample any color you are considering before committing it to your walls. 

  • 01 of 09

    Best Neutral Yellow: Sherwin-Williams Cachet Cream SW 6365

    Sherwin-Williams Cachet Cream paint swatch

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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, and its ginger tones and will intensify if placed near green accents.

  • 02 of 09

    Best Dark Yellow: Behr Turmeric M290-7

    Behr Turmeric paint swatch

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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 gold green-yellow is perfect for living rooms or dining rooms and pairs well with other bold colors such as teal or orange. If you want a yellow that packs a punch, this is it.

  • 03 of 09

    Best Soft Yellow: Valspar Saffron Ivory 7003-21

    Valspar Saffron Ivory paint swatch

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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 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.

  • 04 of 09

    Best Earthy Yellow: Magnolia Heirloom Yellow

    Magnolia Heirloom Yellow paint swatch

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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, antiqued 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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  • 05 of 09

    Best Bright Yellow: Behr Bicycle Yellow 370A-3

    Behr Bicycle Yellow paint swatch

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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.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Gold: Valspar Redstone Dining Room Gold 3006-8A

    Valspar Redstone Dining Room Gold

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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.

  • 07 of 09

    Best Greenish Yellow: Sherwin-Williams Moonraker SW 6701

    Sherwin-Williams Moonraker paint swatch

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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, that is muted enough to make it surprisingly versatile. Consider this color for laundry rooms, nurseries, or dining rooms. 

  • 08 of 09

    Best Medium Yellow: Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow HC-4

    Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow

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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, and is also a favorite choice for front doors. It's just bright enough to add a little pop of color, but still mature and sophisticated.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Chalk Paint: Annie Sloan English Yellow

    Annie Sloan English Yellow paint swatch

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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.