Friday, May 18, 2007

Color Obsession: Yellow Fever

Suddenly, yellow is everywhere. You can barely crack a shelter magazine these days without seeing the sunny shade splashed across its pages. (Personally, I blame Kelly Wearstler and the bright canary frock she wore on the cover of Modern Glamour.)

Yellow is a perennial favorite, of course. But the color we’re seeing now isn’t the warm, muted honey or ochre hue of years past. Instead, it’s a clear, bright, strong shade -- picture the color of that Seventies “smiley face” icon and you’ll be pretty close. In fact, the recent resurgence of yellow owes a lot to the influence of that over-the-top design decade. But today’s interpretation has an added sense of sophistication and luxury. Think Palm Beach and Hollywood Regency.

Pair yellow with dark, intense charcoal grays, smoky taupes, and lacquered blacks for a super-chic salon sensibility, or with bright blues and greens for a more youthful, cheerful take on the trend. Either way, nothing can beat yellow for a dose of pure pop.

Here, a selection of furnishings, lighting, and textiles that’ll add a shot of sunshine to your décor:

Left: Moderndose Petite Sunny Side Table, $149; center: Design Within Reach Hee Lounge Chair, $230; right: Shine Bloom Stool $490

Top: Vintage Campaign Table, $3,500; bottom: Shine Spencer Table, $780

Left: Hexagons Wallpaper, $80 per roll; center: Florence Broadhurst Yellow Floral Tudor Wallpaper, $448 per roll; right: KWID Imperial Trellis Wallpaper

Left: Glass Lamp, $279; right: Urban Outfitters 3-D Chandelier, $25

Left: Shine Palisades Pendant, $640; right: Biltmore Lamp, $352

Above: Vintage Yellow Resin Lamps, $1,250

Top left: Weego Home Bamboo Pillow, $100; top right: Crate & Barrel Atrium Granada Stripe Pillow, $30; bottom left: Anthropologie Day’s Eye Pillow, $98; bottom right: Victoria Hagan for Target Yellow Trellis Floor Pillow, $30

Left: Marimekko Stilla Fabric, $39 per yard; center: KWID Couture Stripe Fabric; right: IKEA Katrin Fabric, $5 per yard

Left: Anthropologie Isola Bella Rug, $298; right: Bev Hisey Moroccan Rug


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