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2012 Design Forecast: Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Lemony yellows were all over the runways when spring style collections surfaced — and since the interior design world is not far behind, start looking for these joyful hues to begin showing up in houses next year. Their sunny character is just the right antidote to tumultuous times. They could overpower a distance when used too broadly, however, so a little goes a very long way. Here is a baker’s dozen tips for adding a spritz of citrus into your surroundings.

Elad Gonen

Dining seats upholstered in yellow just glow. The colour elevates an extremely compact, subtle room and accounts the dark tones.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

A grid of art is a just-enough hit of colour. Wide black and mats eyeglasses stop the yellow from dominating an otherwise restful dining room.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

For a soda of lemon yellow, you can not do better than the source. A bowl of brilliant fruit, set off with a stack of carefully selected novels, provides an affordable dash of colour in a neutral kitchen.

Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

Kelly green, one of glowing yellow’s natural spouses, is another huge trend for spring. This pillow pairing seems as happy and fresh as a daffodil.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

If you have ever wondered just how much difference a painted ceiling could make, simply cover that part of the photograph with your thumb for a moment. Isn’t it amazing how much life the space loses without a crowning touch of yellow?

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

For me, the flanges on these curtains are the high point of the space. It would have been easy to leave the yellow accents into the cushions and seats, but taking it up the draperies energizes the layout.

Just Grove

This bargain mirror from a chain store obtained a coat of paint which highlights its showy scrollwork — a creative way to give yellow a test run. And you’d get a mood increase each time you peeked in your reflection.

Just Perfect!

The lemon-color throw across the foot of the bed adds a cheerful high note.

Each time that I believe I have seen it all when it comes to inexpensive wall art, someone has another surprise for me. These plaster ceiling medallions, painted pale lemon, have the same collective effect as a screen of dishware or mirrors.

Michelle Hinckley

Evidence that glowing color sometimes works best in small packages: an eye-catching tray which corrals night-table requirements.

Beckwith Interiors

It is not for commitment-phobes, however this lemon-yellow countertop is a refreshing alternative to natural stone or neutral laminate.

Rethink Design Studio

Yellow can be a tough colour for baths, since it doesn’t always make skin tones look good in the mirror. This can be a more palatable way to work it in: a painted vanity table and seat, echoed by the tubside stool.

Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25

Do not forget flower power! A bunch of tulips waving in the coffee table adds depth into the blues in this living room.

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