Sunshine yellow colour schemes 2013 - 10 of the best

This room doesn't come with sunglasses but it probably should.

This room doesn't come with sunglasses but it probably should. Gradually widening the stripes opens up the room at head height while sleek, metallic furniture keeps the look grown-up

1/10 Modern dining room with painted yellow stripes

room with yellow with white striped wall

(Image credit: Palm Springs-inspired dining room)

Yellow paint

2/10 Traditional-style yellow living room

living room with yellow wall and sofaset with cushions

(Image credit: Tim young)

This living room design is about as yellow as it gets. White and graphite accessories create an uplifting yet sophisticated feel.

The Conran Shop
Coffee table

3/10 Oriental-style chair with yellow accents and throw

room with printed white chair and white cup with plate

(Image credit: Chris Everard)

If the thought of yellow walls or furniture terrifies you, get the look by introducing subtle accents into your design instead.

The Dormy House
Fabric, cup and saucer
Designers Guild

4/10 Contemporary bedroom with bright yellow throw

bedroom with white walls and bed with pillows

(Image credit: Polly Wreford)

This bedroom is a perfect example of how to do yellow without fully committing to the cause. It might be cheating (just a bit) but the mustard-yellow throw lifts an otherwise ordinary scheme.

Yellow throw

5/10 Retro-style bright yellow dining room

room with printed yellow wall and flower in vase

(Image credit: Tim Young)

The sunny yellow colour scheme compliments the retro-style furniture in this dining area. Sometimes you can never have enough yellow...

Roddy & Ginger
Marks & Spencer
Amtico International

6/10 Hallway with acid yellow feature wall

room with car wallpaper on yellow wall and white staircase

(Image credit: James Merrell)

Now here's a hallway that knows how to make an entrance. The acid yellow paintwork on this staircase is tempered slightly by the bold black and red artwork.


7/10 Zesty lemon garden area wtih striped yellow chair

living room with white glass window and sofaset with cushions

(Image credit: Emma Lee)

This outdoor seating area is just oozing with vitality. The zingy-coloured seat cushions create a pleasing contrast with the aubergine backdrop - all that's missing is a mojito...

Seat cushions
Designers Guild

8/10 Statement bathroom with bright yellow splashback

bathroom with washbasin and yellow with black striped splashback

(Image credit: James Merrell)

Here's a bathroom that packs some serious punch: the unusual yellow and black striped splashback takes this modern scheme to a whole new level of fabulous design.

Yellow paint

9/10 Modern grey kitchen with statement yellow fridge-freezer

kitchen room with yellow fridge and glass bowl with fruits

(Image credit: Simon Brown)

This bold yellow and grey kitchen design uses colour blocking for a striking look. It's official - white fridge-freezers are for wimps...

Kitchen cabinets
Kit Stone

10/10 Yellow dining room with black sideboard

dining room with yellow wall and black sideboard

(Image credit: Holly Jolliffe)

Yellow is a striking colour for walls, especially when teamed with black furniture and accessories.


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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.