10 Colors to Complement Yellow

10 Colors to Complement Yellow

Sarah Coffey
Apr 17, 2018

Even if you think yellow is a beautiful color, you may be confused about how to use it in your home. Many people don't use yellow to decorate an entire room and instead use it as an accent choice, since it's perfect for adding some bold contrast to a room. Here are ten colors to pair it with, from purple to black to pale, pale pink.

In the photo above, from Wesley Moon, yellow is paired with its complement, purple. This is a bold color combination that's a bit unexpected, but it can actually be dynamic and energizing, and not overwhelming, provided you pair it with other more neutral colors.

(Image credit: Trendspanarna)

Yellow and light purple is a softer take on the look, but one that's still quite pleasing. This bedroom from Trendsparna has that minimalist Scandinavian look, but the addition of a little color keeps things interesting.

(Image credit: Sean Litchfield/Lonny)

Black and yellow is a pretty bold color combination, but it is possible for it to look sophisticated. Try using the black as a background color, and the yellow as more of an accent, as seen in this bedroom from Lonny.

(Image credit: Nina Hansen)

If yellow and black seems a bit harsh to you, try yellow and grey. Seen here in a kitchen from the Dagbladet via Turbulences Deco, the combination is cheerful without being cartoony.

(Image credit: Sian Richards)

The advanced version of this look is black and mustard, which is certainly not a look for the faint of heart. However, as seen here, it can definitely have a certain quirky appeal.

(Image credit: Annette O'Brien)

While we're on the subject of mustard, I'm a big fan of the color combo in this vignette styled by Noël Coughlan—mustard and pale pink. If yellow and pink is a bit too sweet for you, this is a great way to add a little sophistication to the pairing, particularly in a room with lots of black and white.

In this room from Design Bloggers at Home, spotted on My Friend's House, soft yellow and light blue make a lovely combination. Both colors are a bit desaturated, and there are quite a few neutral accents in the room, which keeps the look from feeling too Easter-egg.

(Image credit: Fastighetsbyran)

In this room from Fastighetsbyran (via Apartment Therapy), bright yellow and navy blue work surprisingly well together. Choosing a blue that's a bit on the somber side keeps your brain from immediately thinking of an IKEA store.

(Image credit: Femina)

Not that we aren't huge fans of IKEA, of course. I do think this combination can work, but it needs to be used as an accent, rather than a main color. In this space from Femina, the blue and yellow combo is lively but not childish when used in a judicious way.

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