THE BEST INTERIOR YELLOWS

I am feeling the hint of Spring in the air…and just waiting for the first yellow forsythia to bloom.

TURNING POINT 2

TURNING POINT 2 GARDEN WEB

YELLOW is my husbands favorite color….

Our very first home was a sweet small brick home, with low ceilings and little light in the hallways. I  wanted to brighten the main hallways and chose a pale yellow. The color was called…”Yellow” something…maybe “Spring YELLOW”, I can’t remember….I wanted a nice light creamy yellow and that is how it looked on the card. I was so certain it was perfect that I did not even feel the need to put a tester swatch on the wall (BIG..BIG… MISTAKE). I could not wait to come home and see the beautiful hallway  inspired by this English Countryside Inn .

KESWICK HALL, KESWICK VA

KESWICK HALL, KESWICK VA

Unfortunately I walked in and was slapped in the face with a LEMON……It was so bright I needed sunglasses (maybe I am exaggerating a tad). We are not talking a deep rich gorgeous yellow like the  beautiful MONTICELLO CHROME YELLOW which I adore…..

MONTICELLO - ELLE DECOR

MONTICELLO – ELLE DECOR

…but no, OUR HALLWAY  was like the inside of a lemon.

LEMONY LEMONS PINTEREST

LEMONY LEMONS PINTEREST

We repainted immediately.

 I learned a valuable lesson …and  that was that MOST TIMELESS interior YELLOWS ….are actually…

NOT CALLED YELLOW AT ALL!

. HAWTHORNE YELLOW

HAWTHORNE YELLOW

Of the 10 best selling  yellows that Benjamin Moore sells…only one, Hawthorne Yellow  uses the word

“YELLOW” in its’ name.

Hawthorne Yellow Front door from Pinterest

Hawthorne Yellow Front door from Pinterest

THE Remaining 9 are all beautiful ….

 

9 of the 10 most popular Benjamin Moore Yellows: Concord Ivory, desert Tan, Hemplewhite Ivory, Mannequin Cream, Montgomery White, Philadelphia White, Rich Cream, Weston Flax, Windham Cream.

9 of the 10 most popular Benjamin Moore Yellows: Concord Ivory, desert Tan, Hemplewhite Ivory, Mannequin Cream, Montgomery White, Philadelphia White, Rich Cream, Weston Flax, Windham Cream.

…but NOT called YELLOW. I learned that the yellow colors I like need to almost look creamy whitish in the can…then on the wall they translate to that lovely creamy yellow I wanted… LETS TAKE A LOOK….

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

philadelphia cream

PHILADELPHIA CREAM

PHILADELPHIA CREAM

PHILADELPHIA CREAM -ANITA HOLLAND INTERIORS

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE THE GARDEN WEB

 

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

desert tan

DESERT TAN

DESERT TAN

DESERT TAN

AND MY TWO PERSONAL FAVORITES….RICH CREAM AND WINDHAM CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM..JUST LOOK HOW LOVELY IT IS WITH THE WHITE PORCELAIN…

DECOR PAD - I ADORE THIS WINDHAM CREAM LVING ROOM...!!!!

MORE WINDHAM CREAM …..LVING ROOM.   I ADORE THIS ROOM..!!!! THIS IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!!!

….our living room is painted a color with a golden undertone, very subtle but lovely…

CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SPOONFLOWER FABRIC DRAPES

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – SPOONFLOWER FABRIC DRAPES

ALL of these “YELLOWS” are timeless.

AND VERSATILE. They look great in combination with pale blues and sort reds, greens and pinks…even Black……they are warm and inviting and relaxing and cozy and can be appropriate for nearly all styles…be it ….

Mid-Century Modern or Vintage or Cottage or Country or Arts and Crafts, Colonial Revival.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE “GO TO” INTERIOR YELLOW???

have you ever had a yellow mishap?

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26 thoughts on “THE BEST INTERIOR YELLOWS

  1. Robin

    In color / psych theory it is said you can’t have a fight in a yellow room, but my hubby and I have proven you can have a heated debate over painting a room yellow! Yellow wall paint is so tricky in my experience. I totally agree with you that any color with the word “yellow” in the name is a bit of a cautionary note. In my opinion, even Hawthorne Yellow … I’ve seen it in rooms where it makes a fresh backdrop … but then I had the LR, FR and laundry painted Hawthorne Yellow and they all were repainted as quickly as I could manage it. An underlit room gives a sad drab heavy Hawthorne Yellow. A bright natural light room makes HY go neon. And in a small room lit with a flourescent ceiling fixture (laundry) it was overpowering and claustrophobic. Just some details from our color experiment; although as I’ve said, I’ve seen it work in rooms but I can’t quite figure out what made it work.

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  2. Leah

    YES!!! I learned this after too many quarts of “samples” which I thought were “just right” every time…those rich, beautiful yellows are usually NOT called yellow! After lots of trial and error in our last home, I finally landed on a warm yellow tone for our current house that looked more like wheat on the color chip – it’s called Autumn Wind and I bought it at Lowe’s. I do love it but I also adore the rich cream color shown above!!!
    Lesson learned: definitely go with paint SAMPLES, not quarts (or gallons!) – haha!! BTW – I ended up going with a “gold” tone in the house I was having so much trouble with and it looked really warm with the deep brick red we chose for the dining room!
    Leah: )

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  3. Martha

    My favorite go to “yellow” is Valspar Woodrow Wilson Linen. It is very close to the cream on the Mary Baldwin College buildings. I have it in both my rentals right now.

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  5. Lisa

    Does anyone have a good suggestion for a warm white to pair with the lovely Windham Cream shown above. The white will be for the trim and ceilings in our basement. (Sage carpeting throughout.)

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  6. Mandi Smith T

    Just found this great post on Pinterest! I have another to add to your list and it follows your rule of “yellow” not in the name. It’s called Burnt Glaze and it’s in the original paint deck for Martin Senoir colors. It looks like a stick of butter on the walls! M.

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  7. Kathy

    I thought I wanted BW Concord Ivory..but it was too bright. I ended up with SW Convivial Yellow. Its got a little grey in it and I love it. 🙂

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  8. AOS

    Wow, I never thought I would paint any room in yellow, but now I’m really thinking about it ! Thanks for these inspiring pictures !
    Lisa

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  9. Roberta

    Your post is extremely helpful. Love yellow softness not lemon sour yellow. Have you seen BM Man on the Moon? I’m planning a major living room change with a goal of soft, soft, soft.

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  10. Jon

    Yellow is hard. And beware of testing a new yellow on the walls of a too-yellow room: anything will look toned down until you have a room of it. We just painted a room in Pale Straw, but on the wall it looks cold and too bright, like a substance you might get uranium from. And in reflected afternoon light it takes on a lurid green hue, like a color Toulouse-Lautrec might have used for absinthe. I’m putting my hope in Windham Cream.

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  11. Jen

    Butterfield, Ambiance, and Filtered Sunlight, all by Benjamin Moore! Pair with Simply White trim, they’re all perfection. At our old house we had Butterfield throughout, with an Ambiance accent wall in the dining room, loved it. In this house, the lighting is different and Butterfield didn’t work, sadly. Instead we have Filtered Sunlight in the kitchen and laundry room and I adore it, it’s gorgeous. I’d have done Filtered Sunlight through the whole house if my husband would have let me get away with it!

    Summer Hue by Dunn Edwards is another good one, I am currently lobbying to paint our exterior in Summer Hue, with white trim and robin’s egg blue accents.

    I’m a bit of a yellow addict!

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  12. Carol Lewin

    I have found, as many of you have, that yellow is a complex, mostly unforgiving and delightful color. There are no easy answers to selecting the right shade, both exterior and interior. However, one hint might help. It seems that many yellows can be grouped into blue or green leaning and if you pair them correctly with the appropriate color fabrics and accessories everything is harmonized. Any mismatch in the blue/green formula, no matter how slight, will eventually create tension, headaches and you will never be happy with the look. My go to yellow(green leaning) is Mannequin Cream. It has the amazing property of maintaining its light color and vibrance on poorly lighted interiors and still be subtle and creamy in open bright light.

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      thank you for such a helpful reply! this post is my MOST POPUAR POST – I think finding the right yellow is about the hardest thing a homeowner can face….in “first world problem” land of course....

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  13. Sandra Larsen

    We live in Western Washington where the skies are gray a good portion of the time. We agonized over paint color for our living room/dining room and down the hallway and stairwell. We ended up with Montgomery White and love it. It’s so warm and inviting without ever feeling really yellow. More of a heavy cream. I’d use it again.

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  14. Sherry G

    Thank you! I was looking for a “rustic” yellow color for my kitchen, and I think I found it here thanks to you, what I am loving is the “rich cream”! Exactly the color I was picturing in my head!

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  15. christine

    Thank you for such a helpful post. We used SW Ancient Marble in our previous home and it’s a great color but, doesn’t work in our current house. Can’t wait to change the color based on the suggestions discussed here!

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