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It's yellow's turn to shine in home decorating

The past few years have seen greens and oranges in the home decor spotlight, but that's about to change, as the primary colors blue and yellow muscle back into the forefront. Jennifer Forker, Associated Press "Orange has started to run its course," says Jack Bredenfoerder, president of Color Marketing Group, an association of color design professionals.

As in the fashion world, with its punch of yellow in bangles, bags and heels, the color often described as "sunny" and "energetic" is returning as a primary accent color in home design.

What we wear often determines how we decorate. "It's in fashion now, then in our homes," says Bredenfoerder.

The yellow he sees stepping off the runways is the calmer tones, combined with neutral colors. Yellow is especially attractive as an accent for whites, grays and black, although Bredenfoerder warns that too much black with yellow can make a jarring contrast.

"You can use yellow as a bridge from the cooler colors of summer to the warmer colors of fall," says Sonu Mathew, an interior designer with paint company Benjamin Moore.

Pair it

With grays: This combination can create an air of sophistication.

With blues: Yellow has long been an accent color for blue, which is overtaking green as a principal color in the home. Bredenfoerder, design director in the Cincinnati office of Landor Associates, a design and branding firm, advises steering clear of traditional blues, which are ubiquitous, and looking for an "intense, bright, ultramarine-type blue."

Use it judiciously

Add punch: with a yellow bowl, throw pillows, a slipcover. Or make it as simple as a bouquet of fresh yellow flowers. Mathew even advises painting ceilings with a hint of yellow to create warmth in the room.

Use with care: Yellow can be difficult to navigate. "It's just a hard color for our eyes to process," Mathew says.

As an accent color: A little goes a long way. The safest yellows are the creamy, calmer ones. Too much of a cheerful yellow can prove annoying.

It's yellow's turn to shine in home decorating 09/03/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 3:41pm]
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