Why You Should Consider Decorating Your Apartment with Yellow

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What colors have you decorated your apartment with? Have you ever taken the time to stop and think about the colors and what meaning they hold? Let’s dissect one fun color––yellow!

What comes to mind when you think about the color yellow? It’s bright. It’s warm. It’s fun. It’s a positive and vibrant color. Even when accompanied by other hues, you just can’t miss this one.

Yellow might also make you think about the warmth of spring and summer time––yet another mood booster in the coldest winter months.

Believe it or not, the colors you use in your home can affect one’s mood and attitude. That’s exactly why yellow is such a fantastic color choice. It promotes energy, optimism, enthusiasm, hope and cheerfulness, says ColorPsychology.org. If you’ve been in a funk––like a lot of us have been in 2020––it’s quite possible that this bright color could lift your spirits in a great way. Who wouldn’t want to walk into a sunny yellow bedroom?

OK, so you agree that yellow is the perfect color to decorate with… but how? Too much of it would surely be too overwhelming, right?

Start small with accessories that can be easily swapped out. Throw pillows, curtains, rugs, seat cushions, bedding and wall art are all super easy options for adding a bit of yellow to your apartment. It instantly brings life and vigor in your home and the best part is, you can control just how much or how little of the color you’re comfortable with.

There are some things to be aware of, though, if you plan on incorporating yellow in a big way. Make sure you know what kinds of decorative and aesthetic changes you are allowed to make in your apartment before you make any commitments. Can you paint a yellow accent wall? Consult your lease or check with management first.

Worried about overdoing it? That’s no surprise. Yellow is a very strong color and too much of it can be overpowering, excessive even. That shouldn’t scare you, though. Here are some quick tips if you decide to go with adding yellow to your place.

Go for the gold
If yellow is too light and bright for you, how about some glamorous pops of gold? It’s a common color in feng shui because it represents money and wealth. And gold décor is oh so easy to find and easily incorporate in your apartment!

Pair it with black
Too much black can emit a gloomy feeling. Too much yellow is a bit extreme. So why not join the two and balance things out? If you have a black sofa or all black bedding, add some cute yellow decorative pillows. See how easy that was?

Renew and refresh with spray paint
Take a look around your apartment and see what pieces of décor you just don’t love anymore. Perhaps an old lamp or vase? A fresh coat of yellow spray paint might spruce things up a bit. Just make sure you do your spray painting outside in a wide-open space for plenty of ventilation and to avoid getting paint on anything unintended.

Go for a wacky color combo
If you want to do something totally off the wall, yellow pairs well with a few other fun colors, too. Take a look at any color wheel and you’ll see that at the opposite end of yellow is… purple! It may sound like a strange idea, but give it a try. Other color contrasting ideas include blue, gray and of course white. Again, go for décor pieces that can be easily changed out.

Tone it down
Don’t forget that you don’t always have to go with the brightest shade of yellow. If a sunny yellow is just too loud for your taste, tone it down with a softer version, like a pastel, amber or honey.

The bottom line is, yellow is welcoming, yellow is optimism, yellow inspires. Light up your apartment with yellow accessories, and live each day with enthusiasm and liveliness.

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