In Defense of Yellow Paint: Here’s Why We Love It

Yellow paint is getting a bad rap. First, Zillow research showed that yellow kitchens sold for an average $820 less than blue ones. Then The Property Brothers dissed it in a recent condo redo because “Yellow walls really don’t sell these days.” So what’s a lover of this cheerful hue to do?

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Don’t ignore the voices of experience. But also don’t let them overrule common sense. Yellow may not be selling in Calgary, Canada (where The Property Brothers film), but in your area, it might be cherished. If you ask a local real estate agent, sales company or Paintzen pro – they’ll know the trends and can steer you right. We think PPG’s Easy on the Eyes has broad appeal.

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Lemon yellow is about as classic as you can get. While this year’s styles might point away from a particular hue, think about this: A yellow kitchen or dining room will never look dated, unlike today’s uber-popular greige. (In 10 years, we’ll be saying, “Greige … that was soooo 2019!”)

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Yellow is a cheerful, sunny color, known to lift the spirits. Painting the space around this bed yellow (try Dilly Dally) makes it look like the bed is nestled in a niche. (We thought it was a niche, at first. Talk about a real trompe l’oeil!) Plus, the hue makes the space feel both bigger and cozier. Who wouldn’t love that in a sleeping room?

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Speaking of bedrooms…While bright yellows, like the chrome yellow dining room at Monticello, are great for places that need a boost of energy, in a bedroom go for a softer hue. Light yellow and dark cream have a soothing quality that makes falling asleep a dream. (By the way, Monticello’s dining room, originally chrome yellow, was restored based on extensive research into the colors from the home and period.)

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When blogger Jessica Brigham, and her husband Christopher, renovated their 1934 bungalow, they turned to a style Brigham calls “modern eclectic glamazon.” In the master bedroom, they substitute wallpaper for a headboard (a great trick when a bed would overpower the room, the budget, or the design). The traditional wallpaper, in an updated sunshine hue, is called Best Fronds.

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We seem to be on a bedroom kick, don’t we? Whether you’re decorating a bedroom or another room, pairing white with layered shades of yellow adds depth and dimension to your space. This combination is uniquely beautiful in country and traditional homes. Start with Turning Oakleaf as your paint color and build on from there.

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Energizing and uplifting yellow feels expansive and welcoming, especially in a tiny powder room. Because they’re small and typically not the centerpiece of the house, powder rooms are a great place to experiment with a color or pattern you might be afraid to use elsewhere.

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If yellow makes a small powder room expansive and welcoming, imagine what it does for a foyer. Setting yellow off with black and white gives your home a look that’s both fresh and traditional. Try Bright Idea and Black Magic for unforgettable style.

Find your perfect yellow with our color tool, where you can browse trending colors and order free paint swatches. If you book your project with Paintzen, our team will manage and complete your paint project. From color selection to painting, Paintzen is there every step of the way.