Color Love :: Gray + Yellow

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via decoholic

Gray and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations and it works in any style of decor, from the ultra-modern to the very traditional.  It was trendy a couple of years ago, but I don’t really go in for trends -- if you like it, you like it, period.

Gray is a neutral and is sophisticated, timeless and elegant.  Soft grays are more tranquil, while dark grays, like charcoal, are bolder and more dramatic.  When mixed with bright colors (say, yellow, for example) it makes the other colors “sing.”  

Yellow is described as an optimistic, life-affirming color that makes us think of sunshine.  Yellow also stimulates your mind, body and emotions.  In Feng Shui, yellow is the color of intellect, clear mind and tolerance.  While you might not be willing to paint an entire room bright yellow, it’s great as an accent color.  Butter yellows and ochres are better suited for wall colors.  

Gray is timeless and can be mixed with any color. It can help tone down the stimulating effects of yellow and keep it from becoming garish.  The color combo works great in just about any room of the house too!

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via habitually chic

photo :: eric piasecki. via desire to inspire

photo :: eric piasecki. via desire to inspire

Wallpaper is a great way to introduce the combo into your design.

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I love the framed wallpaper panels on the wall -- it's an inexpensive way to incorporate wallpaper into your design when papering a whole room isn't in your budget.

design :: maison 21

design :: maison 21

You don't have to limit the color palette to just gray and yellow.  In the living room below, splashes of blue are added into the mix.

design :: eileen kathryn boyd interiors

design :: eileen kathryn boyd interiors

I'm so in love with this wallpaper!

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via addicted to design

The gray contrasting welt on this citron colored sofa is such a nice touch!

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design :: martha o'hara design

design :: martha o'hara design

photo :: melanie acevedo photography.  Seen in domino magazine

photo :: melanie acevedo photography.  Seen in domino magazine

seen in california home + design

seen in california home + design

design :: amie corley design

design :: amie corley design

I'm a HUGE fan of metallic wallpaper, so I'm really digging this room designed by Kelly Wearstler in the Viceroy Hotel.

design :: kelly wearstler

design :: kelly wearstler

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via design sponge

design :: kelly hoppen

design :: kelly hoppen

design :: mary mcdonald

design :: mary mcdonald

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via pepper mags

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via your nest design

I used to have a bright yellow front door, so I'm really digging this door.

via laura casey interiors

via laura casey interiors

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via style estate

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seen in southern living magazine

seen in southern living magazine

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via the design sheppard


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