4 Tips on How to Decorate With Yellow Furniture

The color yellow can add light and warmth to the spaces in your home. But you have to know how to use it properly if you want to create a harmonious environment.
4 Tips on How to Decorate With Yellow Furniture

Last update: 07 March, 2019

When you’re thinking of colors for the furniture you want to decorate your home with, yellow is probably on the bottom of your list, even if you like it. It goes well in certain styles, but it’s usually a pretty risky interior design idea

This is a color you have to know how to use properly. Too much or a bad contrast could end up looking terrible. So, before you decide to decorate with yellow furniture, just remember that it’s a color that needs balance. But how do you get that?

If you’re interested in using this color in your home decor, then keep reading to see our tips. As an extra, we’ll also give you some examples of how to decorate with yellow.

How to decorate with yellow furniture

There’s still some controversy around people’s interpretations of yellow. Some people see it as a symbol of warmth and joy. Meanwhile, other people think it’s a symbol of the opposite. But in the end that usually just depends on whether they like it as a color to begin with.

On the positive side, yellow is the color of the sun, and it can make a space feel bright. When it comes to decoration, it can also make a space feel bigger and livelier.

On the more spiritual side, a lot of people see it as a color of concentration and understanding. So, using it in your house could bring a kind of balance of energy and improve your ability to learn.

But there are also some cultures that stay away from it. They see it as a symbol of anger, envy, and jealousy. Anyway, like we said before, it really just depends on how specific people respond to it as a color. So, what about you? Do you plan to decorate with it?

yellow furniture in a living room

1. Learn what it goes with

If you want to decorate your house with yellow furniture, you have to start by thinking about what other colors you’re going to use. Yellow has a lot of energy, but if you want it to stand out you’ll need to make it contrast with the other colorsWe recommend:

  • White
  • White and black
  • Gray
  • Lilac
  • Blue tones

2. Find a balance

You don’t want to overflow your living room, bedrooms, or kitchen with yellow furniture. In fact, some people recommend using it more to make your other decor elements stand out. This means you should have just enough of it for a nice, harmonious contrast.

One good option is to put in a yellow vase, chair, or lamp in any space with mostly neutral colors.

3. Where to use it

There are no rules when decorating with yellow furniture. Some people prefer it in the living room and kitchen, whereas some people like it best in bedrooms or outside. In other words, you can use it just easily inside as outside.

  • Inside: living room, hallway, bedrooms, or bathroom.
  • Outside: porches, balconies, or backyards.

4. Choose a style

Yellow works with most decorative styles. It goes especially well with rustic, modern, and eclectic decor schemes. If you decide to go for a rustic look, you can include natural materials and light colors.

For a classic style, you can combine yellow furniture with blue or gray rugs. If you’re going for a more contemporary style, black and/or white accessories will go perfectly. 

Examples of how to use yellow furniture

Now we’re going to show you a few specific examples, to give you a clearer idea of how to decorate with yellow furniture.


A kitchen with yellow cabinets and drawers

The kitchen is one of the most common places you’ll see yellow decorations. Regardless of the style, it’s generally a space people want to feel bright and happy. In the picture above, they used it for all their cabinets and drawers.


A bedroom with yellow pillows and blankets, contrasted with greys

There are lots of options if you want to use yellow in a bedroom. You could have it as the color of the bed sheets, or even the nightstand, loveseat, pillows, and lamps. In this case, it’s best to mix it with light gray and white.

Living room

You shouldn’t overflow a living room with yellow accessories and furniture. But there are still some ways to decorate a living room with yellow. The most basic is to get a yellow couch, though it’s also great for closets, tables, or shelves.


bathroom with yellow cupboards

Yellow is a major trend for modern bathroom decoration. So, this might be a good place to choose if you want to decorate your house using yellow. As you can see in the picture above, it’s the color of the sink and is offset with light gray, white, and black.

So, how does this sound? Do you want to splash your house with some yellow? Follow our tips and you’ll be able to fill your house with the warmth and happiness this amazing color can bring to a room. 

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