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Decorating with Yellow

This sunny color can look great in a sunroom when paired with the right fabrics and accessories.

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sunny yellow color can look great in a sunroom

Always begin by visiting a paint store and picking up as many paint chips as you wish. Then narrow your choices down to three or so, and buy a quart of each. Apply wide stripes of the colors side by side on a sheet of cardboard and tape the cardboard to a wall in the room you'll be painting.

Leave it there for 24 hours, checking the colors throughout the period to see how they look in the changing light. At the end of the 24 hours, you will probably have decided on one color as the one you want for the walls. Yellow goes well with a sky-blue hue for the ceiling (using the same techniques as for the walls) and a brilliant white for the trim.

Also start looking at decorating magazines and tearing out pages when something appeals to you. File the pages in a folder, and after a week or two, spread the pages out and look at all of them to get an idea of the direction in which your taste runs.

Some options for fabrics include:
A yellow honeycomb print with tiny bees
A plaid that incorporated a number of different colors
A blue fabric with butterflies (which was used to back a pillow out of the plaid and trimmed with multicolored passementrie tassels)
A red-checked gingham
And the anchor fabric, a print featuring plants in blue-and-white pots, which pulled all the other fabrics together.

Yellow is a very versatile color and can go with almost any style of decorating. For a more modern look, mix it with other primaries; for a more traditional look, mix it with a blue or a gray.

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