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Mellow Yellow

by habituallychic

01 . 09 . 12
Even though Pantone has declared Tangerine Tango the color for 2012, I still think yellow is going to be just as big.  From shades resembling an egg yolk to pale lemon, it’s bright and cheerful yet chic. Yellow and black usually reminds me of a bubble bee or Steelers uniform, but it’s starting to grow on me.  I also love it with pale grey and you can’t go wrong mixing it with blue.  It seems a great harbinger of spring and forsythia.  Take that orange. 

Vivianna Volpicella

Elizabeth Peyton



Tommy Ton

Kate and Andy Spade residence

Benjamin Dhong

via World of Interiors

Jean-Phillippe Delhomme

photo by Douglas Friedman

photo by Douglas Friedman

Tommy Ton

Lindsey Coral Harper interior design in House Beautiful

Lisbon, Portugal

World of Interiors

Steve McQueen 

Tommy Ton

photo by Jessica Craig Martin

photo by Cass Bird

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  1. MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques January 9, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    I prefer yellow…it brightens rather than shouts! I still regret not buying a yellow vintage Moynat trunk in Paris two years ago. Would have made great coffe table.

  2. Karena January 9, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    Heather I agree, yellow will be favored along with Tangerine( which I like in a toned down version as well) Great images and I see a book I am putting on my Kindle list. Windsor Style!

    Art by Karena

  3. somecozynight January 9, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    LOVE yellow. So cheery, which is so very much needed in the middle of winter. Lovely images…I love that wallpaper. Thank you!

  4. Sarah O'Brien January 9, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    i just love your color photo compilations.

  5. Dylan Drake January 9, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    Great photos. So beautiful. Especially the white strapless dress with the yellow diving board.


  6. mikky January 9, 2012 | 5:37 pm

    I definitely agree with you, I think this sunny yellow is here to stay for the next year. It is too happy and fun a colour to wear, so I think alot of people will still be wearing it. Great photos btw. Can`t help but be in a good mood after looking at all these yellow photos.


  7. LESAPEA MUSINGS January 9, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    O my, I didn’t know yellow was so huge right now. Such inspiration here.

    Lisa x

  8. Jennings and Gates January 9, 2012 | 8:28 pm

    Fabulous post and perfect timing. I’m craving a little yellow after all of that red and green.

  9. Square One Studios January 9, 2012 | 8:47 pm

    Great timing as I just posted on Tangerine Tango….lol which I must fess up is my favorite but my runner up has to be Yellow ….especially with gray…. gives us the sun we need this time of year for sure…and such wonderful photos for inspiration!


  10. Trashsparkle January 9, 2012 | 9:45 pm

    I’ve always loved the way sharp yellow works with grey… though the interiors that work best seem to have to be ruthlessly edited.

    Thanks too for the image of the Joan Mitchell book – that’s going on my got-to-read list.

  11. Valerie@DesignCaller January 9, 2012 | 10:59 pm

    You DO have a golden eye! Ilove this post. Don’t you think yellow is too happy and optimistic to be ignored? 2012 NEEDS this sunshine-y color~

  12. La Dolfina January 10, 2012 | 12:43 am

    You state a strong case for yellow!

  13. Ludmilla January 10, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    My favorite from this awesome collection is the Great Catsby book cover, so clever!

  14. HRH The Duchess of State January 10, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Oh dahhling I must say that I found your yellows so decadent!

  15. madaboutchairs January 10, 2012 | 2:26 pm

    I enjoy your blog so much. I have got my sister in India hooked on your blog as well!
    I have an old chair which I reupholstered in a yellow fabric from Maharam-it brightens the room so much. When in doubt, go for color!

  16. Lily January 10, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    yellow makes everything so cheerful, it’s the best.
    Oh – Fancy That.

  17. MJH Design Arts January 10, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    Hi Heather, Thanks for the wake-up shot in the arm. I needed those yellows this morning. Mary

  18. kirstenmarieinc January 10, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    Morning, from the West Coast! I love your blog and follow every day. You always inspire me!!! But this is too funny. Yesterday, I worked on a post for my blog today – Sunkist Yellow! I agree with you! Yellow is going to be a strong contender next to Tangereine! I’ve been seeing it everywhere! LOve the color! And…you rock!
    Have a fabulous day!!!

  19. Rhonda E. Peterson January 10, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    You totally hit the nail on the head with this one! I too agree that yellow has a significant place in interiors this season. I do love the “POP” of Tangerine Tango, but vibrant yellow will definitely have it’s place!

  20. Alice Olive January 10, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    Love these compilation posts of yours!

  21. Pie Lady Pat January 10, 2012 | 5:21 pm

    I love your color focus. Makes me spot a color in my world…. it’s fun to see how often it pops out.

  22. Fashion-isha January 11, 2012 | 12:32 am

    There’s something so exciting about yellow especially when you cluster all these photos together. They’re all different in so many ways but the common thread of yellow is fabulous!

  23. Gwen Driscoll January 11, 2012 | 5:13 am

    So love yellow. Just used it on the front door of a restaurant project & it turned out awesome! It’s always the perfect pop. Pretty pics! Thx.

  24. shushu January 12, 2012 | 6:12 am

    I have to agree with you. I’ve been feeling a lot more inspired with yellow tones


  25. JennyM January 25, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Hi Heather,
    Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring blog! I just adore the yellow trousers in the photo with the man and the brown bag, where can they be purchased? Thank you in advance!