Decorating the Bedroom with Yellow

  • 01 of 09

    Decorating with Yellow

    Yellow, blue and green bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of HGTV

    Sunny, cheerful yellow – its simple, happy, almost innocent vibe adds a lighthearted touch to any space. On its own, however, yellow is a stimulating color, so potentially has too much spunk for the bedroom. Luckily, it’s an easy-going team player that works well with every other color, and easily adapts to any decorating scheme.  So take a look at nine bedrooms that know how to do yellow right.

    Yellow with Blue and Green

    This bright and cheery bedroom is nearly bursting with color. The buttery...MORE yellow walls are warm, but the touches of green throughout the room, as well as the turquoise midcentury modern chair, cool things back down. It’s this balance between warm yellow and cool green and blue that makes this palette a winner, whether you go with brights like this room, or tone it down with softer tints of the colors.

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  • 02 of 09

    Pastel Yellow Grows Up

    Pastel yellow bedroom.
    LOOK Photography/Getty Images

    While pastels are sometimes mistakenly considered suitable only for children’s bedrooms, they actually work very well in the master bedroom. As proof, take a look at the bedroom shown here. The pastel yellow walls provide a dreamy backdrop to the pastel peach, pink, yellow, gray and brown throw pillows and the peach bedding. But it's the strong contrast of dark brown accents that add the grownup air to the room. If your bedroom is decorated in cooler pastel tints of green, blue, purple or...MORE gray, you'll achieve the same effect with black or silver accents. 

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  • 03 of 09

    Romantic Yet Contemporary Yellow

    Yellow, black and white contemporary bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Soulfjord

    When you’re decorating with strong contemporary colors like black and gray, a bright accent keeps the look from dreariness or cold sterility. Here, yellow plays the part beautifully, sparking up the room with colorful touches on the bed and the bedside tables. This room does a great job of mixing contemporary style with romantic accents: the sunburst mirror, antique bedside tables, draped wall and loads of throw pillows add romance, while the color scheme, strong bed, abstract geometric wall art...MORE and black lampshades keep the look modern.  

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  • 04 of 09

    Yellow as a Neutral

    Gorgeous gray and yellow bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of HGTV

    Although it’s not a neutral in the same sense as brown, black, gray, white or tan, yellow takes on the feel of a neutral when it’s a muted shade like the one shown here. This traditional bedroom uses a palette of creamy white, gray and subdued golden-yellow to create an elegant yet relaxed vibe.

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  • 05 of 09

    Yellow with Dark Walls

    Bedroom with dark blue walls and sunburst mirror.
    Photo courtesy of Design Sponge

    Moody indigo walls are all the rage, but too much dark color can be overwhelming. The solution is a liberal dose of lighter hues throughout the room, providing contrast to the walls. In this bedroom, the gorgeous blue walls (the color is Peaceful Night by Behr) come to life with the addition of the yellow throw blanket folded at the foot of the bed, the golden sunburst mirror and the soft green bed.

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  • 06 of 09

    Yellow and White French Country

    Yellow French country bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of CBID Home Decor and Design

    A palette of white plus one other pure color is a classic look, and for good reason. The white keeps the look fresh and simple, while the color adds contrast and depth. The room here matches white to a buttery shade of yellow on the walls, and a slightly darker yellow on the bedding. The cheery sunflowers provide the crowning touch to this restful and lovely French country bedroom.

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  • 07 of 09

    Contemporary Mustard Yellow

    Contemporary golden yellow bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of CBID Home Decor and Design

    Love yellow, but prefer to avoid bright color? No problem, just use a spicy mustard shade like the one shown here. Mustard yellow is a natural for many rustic decorating styles, including Tuscan, colonial, lodge and country, but it works very well with contemporary looks as well, as long as the other colors and furnishings are of-the-moment, as in the rather glamorous room featured here.

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  • 08 of 09

    Peaceful Pale Yellow

    Beautiful country bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

    Although bright yellow excites, the paler tints of this cheery color are actually rather soothing. Take a look at the bedroom here – while you’ll more often find cool shades of blue or gray in a tranquil bedroom, the soft butter-yellow walls here are very restful. Light yellow walls complement any decorating theme, but are especially nice in this casual country bedroom. The crisp white bedding and wonderful gingham brown-and-white bed add just enough country style without a hint of fussiness.

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  • 09 of 09

    Bright Yellow Girl's Room

    Bright girl's bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

    Although many adults prefer to avoid bright color in the bedroom, children rarely have that same inhibition. What girl wouldn’t love this bright and cheery room, filled with flowers, color and pretty accents? The bright yellow walls give a sunshiny glow, while the green, peach, pink and blue add a riot of color. When decorating a child’s bedroom, it’s time to have some fun.