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 .
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…..
…but no, OUR HALLWAY was like the inside of a lemon.
We repainted immediately.
I learned a valuable lesson …and that was that MOST TIMELESS interior YELLOWS ….are actually…
NOT CALLED YELLOW AT ALL!
Of the 10 best selling yellows that Benjamin Moore sells…only one,
Hawthorne Yellow uses the word
“YELLOW” in its’ name.
THE Remaining 9 are all beautiful ….
…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….
AND MY TWO PERSONAL FAVORITES….RICH CREAM AND WINDHAM CREAM
….our living room WAS painted a color with a golden undertone, very subtle but lovely…
WE RECENTLY CHANGED THE LIVING ROOM PAINT COLOR (AND ALMOST MY ENTIRE HOUSE! – EVER SO SLIGHTLY TO A NEW COLOR WHICH HAS A TAD LESS GRAY..BUT STILL THE CREAMY WHITE COLOR –
SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK
ALL of these “YELLOWS” which are NOT CALLED YELLOW 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?
5 thoughts on “TIMELESS YELLOWS – NOT CALLED YELLOW”
Yellow is my favorite color too!
Well, that explains why I couldn’t find the right yellow. Thanks for sharing!
Wonderful, that lemon sorbet bath is wonderful! This is my dream color for a bath. Warm enough for a winter day and fresh for a summer hot day.
Sherwin Williams Ivoire
Thank you for listing color and brand names of paints shown.
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