Yellow living room ideas – 11 designs, from buttercup to ochre

Yellow living rooms are a timeless favorite. Hotter shades are perfect for warming up a cool space illuminated by northern light; pastel shades of yellow can be perfect for hot, sunny rooms.
Whichever yellow you choose, from deep and earthy to just-off-white, your room will feel welcoming by day and cocooning by night.
Yellow is the perfect color to pair with contrasting and complementing shades – and it can work with both contemporary and period living room ideas.

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YELLOW LIVING ROOM IDEAS

From bright lemon accents to very on-trend color pairings, we gathered some stunning examples of yellow living room ideas and asked the experts for their tips on bringing a little sunshine into your living space.

1. CHOOSE SUNFLOWER YELLOW

Yellow Living room
(Image credit: Future / Davide Lovatti)

If bold and bright is your style, it’s tricky to go bigger with your living room color scheme than with a vibrant sunflower yellow. The shade may conjure summery notions, but it also makes for a cozy, warming environment in the winter too. In this room, it brings a vibrant update to a period property, contrasted with white ceilings and fireplace, and tons of texture in the silver velvet sofas and rug.

Note the gloss finish on the walls,’ adds Homes & Gardens Editor in Chief Lucy Searle. ‘This is an increasingly popular interiors trend that designers are adopting to reflect light and give a high-end finish. But a warning – your walls need to be perfectly finished or this effect will only highlight lumps and bumps.’

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2. GET ON TREND WITH YELLOW AND GRAY 

A living room with yellow shutters and a gray sofa
(Image credit: California Shutters)

Both yellow and gray were named Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2021 – and are excellent living room paint ideas paired together. 

For a modern look, balance yellows with something cool like a pale gray or an off-white,’ recommends Kathryn Lloyd, Crown Color Specialist. ‘Try teaming this with natural woods and materials like wicker and bamboo as these will blend in well with the contrasting tones.

Versatile, sophisticated and subtle, gray has become a very popular shade in homes,’ says Chrissie Harper, Customer Experience Manager at California Shutters. ‘Not only does it make a room feel warm and inviting, compared to more traditional shades of white, but it also complements bolder accent colors such as vibrant yellows.’

And if you’re looking for something to invigorate your grey living room ideas, yellow may well be the answer.

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3. GO EARTHY WITH YELLOW OCHRE

Yellow living room with sideboard
(Image credit: Little Greene)

Living room color schemes can also benefit from delving into yellow’s earthier tones, by mixing in a little brown for a yellow ochre. As demonstrated in this living room, the shade works especially well when used as a wall paint alongside natural textures – in this case, a mixture of light and dark brown woods.

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4. INTRODUCE YELLOW POPS TO A MONOCHROME SCHEME

A small living room lighting idea with matching yellow armchair and table lamps
(Image credit: Future/Jake Curtis)

Yellow need not cover your walls to make an impact in a living room – it can have a transformative effect even when used in small doses in neutral living room ideas or in a largely monochrome scheme like in this example.

If you wanted to inject a little playfulness to a room without having to commit to big decorating decisions, you can also do it subtly with accessories, cushions, throws, or even an accent piece of furniture,’ says, Jenna Choate and Mariana Ugarte, Co-Founders of Interior Fox. ‘Work with accessories with different textures, shapes, and sizes to bring the space to life, while adding various points of interest throughout the home.’

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5. PAIR YELLOW WITH BLUE

A living room with blue wallpaper and yellow accents
(Image credit: Jake Curtis)

As we’ve all been longing for the great outdoors a little more than usual, blue living room ideas have become increasingly popular. Pairing blue with yellow makes for a vibrant, mood-boosting scheme. In this room, blue walls are contrasted with sunshine yellow accents, with the combination kept light with the use of white in between them.

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6. ADD PIZAZZ WITH A YELLOW SOFA 

A living room with a turmeric yellow sofa from Snug
(Image credit: Snug)

After the walls and the floor, the next biggest chance you have to inject color into a living room is through your sofa choice.

Our must-have Turmeric fabric adds real depth and pizazz when used on a larger piece like a 3-seater or corner sofa, but can equally create calmness and warmth when paired with neutrals,’ says Dani Burroughs, Head of Product at Snug.

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7. GO TONAL AND FADE TO CREAM

Yellow living room
(Image credit: Future/Dominic Blackmore)

For a more traditional approach to yellow living room color scheming, pair yellow with soft cream. Doing so will create a room that feels welcoming and warm, without feeling too bold. Introduce mid-greens for extra warmth, or blues to cool the space down a little.

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8. ADD A PATTERNED WALLPAPER

Yellow living room wallpaper
(Image credit: Kit Kemp for Andrew Martin, Wychwood Provencal Yellow Wallpaper, £60, Cushion in Psycho Sprig Tropical Yellow Fabric)

If you want to take a yellow living room scheme down a notch, but still want to create impact, one way to do so is with a gently patterned wallpaper – where yellow is teamed with black or white, for example, as in the space above by Kit Kemp for Andrew Martin.

We’ve noted an increase in yellow as it is becoming an increasingly popular choice this year as homeowners look for ways to add a cheerful color palette to their homes. For a more muted look, introduce delicately patterned wallpaper or for a bolder scheme, paint the ceiling for an unexpected pop of color,’ Nina Tarnowski, Founder & Designer for Woodchip & Magnolia.

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9. MAKE A STATEMENT WITH A YELLOW RUG 

A living toom with large brass mirror and yellow rug
(Image credit: Weaver Green)

If you are looking to experiment with yellow or want a quick living room refresh, the best way to do so is always with accessories. Changing or layering your flooring will have the biggest impact on the room – with a yellow rug the obvious option, and a perfect addition to a neutral scheme. 

Statement flooring within living rooms is being seen more and more. Make the look work by keeping the rest of your room relatively neutral and applying clever splashes of a tonal accent color,’ says Jenna Kane, Product Development at Kersaint Cobb.

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10. PAIR YELLOW WITH NATURAL TEXTURES

neutral living room with pops of color including yellow and red
(Image credit: Future / Emma Lee / Sally Denning)

This peachy-colored living room has been given a contemporary flourish with pops of primary colors, including a zingy yellow on the bobbin-legged table. Matched with strong natural textures, such as the weave of the armchair, the room feels pleasingly like a modern Shaker space.

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11. CHOOSE YELLOW VELVET FOR A SUMPTUOUS FEEL 

Yellow living room idea with yellow chair in plain room
(Image credit: Future/Paul Raeside)

Velvet is a sumptuous fabric – and in gold, it is reminiscent of furniture seen in the most lavish palaces in Europe. Clad armchairs with it in your own living room and the result will be just as luxe – the important thing is to be restrained with the decor in the rest of the space so that the bling doesn’t over-power.

IS YELLOW A GOOD COLOR FOR A LIVING ROOM?

Yes, yellow is a great color for a living room: warm, welcoming, and space-enhancing all in one go, it is hard to go wrong with this inviting color.

Give your living room a refreshing update with yellow, its mood-boosting hue has wonderful benefits and works well in any area of the home, but especially the living area. From sunshine yellow, sumptuous turmeric to soft pastel, there is a color to suit all,’ says Nina Tarnowski, Founder & Designer for Woodchip & Magnolia.

HOW DO YOU DECORATE A LIGHT YELLOW LIVING ROOM? 

A light yellow living room is best decorated with neutrals and naturals so that the space feels calm, sunny, and interesting. ‘For a calming effect opt for lighter tones offset by natural finishes,‘ say interior designers Jenna Choate and Mariana Ugarte, Co-Founders of Interior Fox.

This means introducing whites or creams on woodwork and ceilings, and on furniture, too, then introducing pale woods and natural textures such as bamboo and wicker, basketwork and sisal with which to accessorize and dress the space.

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