Yellow rooms: 24 ways to update your home for spring

Freshen up your home for spring with these bright and warming yellow rooms...

Yellow rooms: DFS sofas in yellow living room
(Image credit: DFS)

Browsing yellow rooms to find your happy? Good, because we are loving yellow right now. It's a cheery, bright, warming, and intrinsically happy shade. So when it's used in your home, it's more than likely it may bring some of these charming qualities into your space. So, whether you are looking to go all out Little Miss Sunshine or just want to bring a touch of warmth to your living room, these yellow room ideas are sure to get you feeling inspired...

Find more inspiration in our yellow decor shopping edit. Here you'll find yellow buys for anywhere and everywhere including your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and living room.

1. Use yellow hallway ideas to brighten your space

Hallway stair painted in bright yellow

For a similar colour try Leyland Trade Heavy Duty Floor & Tile Paint in Yellow

(Image credit: Darren Chung)

Greet your guests with an expected blast of colour by painting your staircase yellow. It can actually be a pretty budget friendly way to upgrade your hallway, especially if you take it on yourself as a weekend project. You can technically use any yellow wood paint, but we recommend picking one that's designed for floors as they are going to be the most durable. Check out our guide to how to paint stairs to recreate this yellow hallway look yourself. 

2. Subtle yellow living room ideas? Pick a muted yellow sofa

yellow living room with boho feel and mustard sofa

Sofa by Out there Interiors, for similar rug try, find similar wall hangings at Anthropologie

(Image credit: Out There Interiors)

Looking for yellow living room ideas? We know a yellow sofa may sound like a daring choice, and sure if you go for a canary take on the shade it will make a bold a statement, but choose a more muted hue (ochre, mustard, chartreuse ) for a sofa that won't steal all the focus. We love the boho vibes of this yellow living room: the subtle, honey tones of the sofa means you can pile on all the textures and tassels without it looking over the top. 

Love this living room? Make sure you check our more of our boho living room design ideas and to shop all of our favourite yellow sofas head over to our buying guide. 

3. Warm up muted yellow room ideas with zesty blues

(Image credit: Vanessa Arbuthnott)

Instagram has been filled with blue and yellow decorating ideas for what seems like forever, but while there is a definite trend towards the navy and mustard combo, we think a muted yellow and a cool toned but zesty blue are just as Insta-worthy a match. 

4. Add yellow living room accessories for a splash of sunny colour

Yellow living room with neutral scheme and yellow and red cushions by furniture village

Sofa , nested side tables, gold floor lamp all Furniture Village, find similar mirror at Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Furniture Village)

If you are trying to tweak your living room on a budget or just don't want to commit to a yellow sofa, buying a couple of yellow throw cushions is probably all you need to bring the sunny vibes into your home. Add a mustard throw and switch out window treatments to some yellow curtains and add a yellow living room rug to tie the whole look together. And gold counts and yellow right? So throw in some metallic accessories too. 

5. Mix grey and yellow in your living room 

Yellow, white and grey living room by Very

(Image credit: Very)

Grey and yellow are a match made in Instagram heaven. Mustard yellows work so well to soften steely greys – just look how cosy this grey living room looks thanks to a few touches of that warmer yellow. We also love the idea of layering up a load of living room rugs; the yellow in each of them just ties the look together. 

For more gorgeous grey living room ideas head over to our feature. 

6. Go bold and paint the ceiling yellow

Living room with painted yellow ceiling

For similar paint colour try Annie Sloan Arles, find similar cushions at Next, for reclaimed storage try etsy

(Image credit: Clive Nicholls)

Painting the walls? Pfft that's so last year. Yep, our love of the feature wall is fading, and is being replaced by painted ceilings. Be inspired by this yellow room idea and pick a paint with a chalky finish (something like Annie Sloan Arleswould be and ideal yellow living room paint) for the lovely rustic look you can see here, bring it down the walls just a little bit and keep the rest of your walls white. Tie the rest of the room together by adding a few pop of yellow in the form of cushions. 

This is definitely a job you could tackle yourself, just go and have a read through our guide to painting a ceiling.  

7. Match yellow ceilings with skirting and woodwork

blue wallpapered living room with yellow border work

Room painted in Farrow and Ball Dayroom Yellow and wallpapered in Aranami

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Oh look, the blue and yellow combo is back, but we love how the creamier tone of Dayroom Yellow used in this yellow living room makes more of a subtle statement than in the space above. Plus, by using a softer yellow paint there is still plenty of room for a fairly bold patterned wallpaper. 

8. Yellow room ideas that spring a surprise? Paint the floor

Living room with yellow painting floorboards

Floor painted in Farrow & Ball Babouche

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

If you after after bold yellow room idea, painting the floorboards is a sure fire way to add plenty of this on trend colour. It's a great way to transform a room on a budget, especially if you can tackle the job yourself (check out out guide to painting floorboards to find out how). These floorboards have been painted in cheery Babouche from Farrow and Ball – we love that this particular yellow is bright but not garish so perfectly suited to larger areas. 

9. Add interest to an alcove with yellow paint

Mid-century home office

For a similar paint colour try Little Greene's Trumpet , search Ebay for a mid-century modern chair, find a similar desk at, for similar mirror try H&M

(Image credit: Alun Callunder)

If painting the floors and ceilings sounds like too much of a commitment to the yellow room idea decor trend, add a splash of yellow by painting a smaller section of your room, like an alcove or a fireplace. Yes, yes we know we said we are over feature walls, but let's be honest we will never really stop being amazed by their ability to transform a space with minimal effort. If you are painting a smaller surface area you can probably afford to go a bit brighter too, so choose a zesty shade like Little Greene's Trumpet

10. Use yellow as a backdrop to an on trend mural

Nothing adds interest to a room quite like a full-wall dramatic yellow mural. These over-scaled features may look expensive and time consuming but there are really affordable wall mural options out there, and putting them up is pretty similar to hanging wallpaper. We love how this Oriental-style yellow mural works as a backdrop for that electric pink velvet sofa. Check out more of our favourite wall mural ideas in our feature.

For a similar wall mural try Murals Wallpaper, and for an equally dreamy pink velvet sofa try

(Image credit: Perch & Parrow)

11. Go for muted ochre for a subtle yellow bedroom idea

Mustard yellow paint 'Humpty Dumpty' by Earthborn on a bedroom wall

Paint in Humpty Dumpty by Earthborn, similar bedside table from Habitat, similar side lamp from Habitat

(Image credit: Earthborn)

It can be hard to relax in a sunshine yellow bedroom, so if you do want that vitamin D placebo, we recommend a more muted shade for your four walls. Add plenty of contrast by keeping your woodwork a bright white and pick out white furniture too. Can we also note how great the black lamp looks against the yellow wall? 

For more bedroom paint ideas check out our feature. 

12. Easy yellow bedroom idea? Bring a fresh feel with bright bedding

Bedroom with yellow bedding from Clarissa Hulse and grey throw

(Image credit: Clarissa Hulse)

A much quicker way to add yellow to your bedroom is to switch up your bedding. This set from Dunelm  has plenty of grey mixed in so you have a dreamy ready-made colour scheme going already. Add even more yellow hues to your room by changing up any prints or pictures you have dotted around the space; find images that have yellow as the key colour to tie the look together. 

13. Create a dado effect with yellow paint and wallpaper

Wallpaper in bedroom with furniture from Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Maisons du Monde)

Thinking that a whole yellow wall may be too much for your space? Take a cue from this beautiful yellow bedroom and go halfies, painting the bottom portion of your walls yellow and combining it with a monochrome wallpaper. Etsy have loads of gorgeous tropical print wallpapers and check our out gallery of the best botanical wallpapers too, for more inspiration. 

14. Yellow nursery ideas? Add a pop of colour at the window

Kids bedroom with painted yellow shutters and monochrome bedding

Shutters from California Shutters, painted in Dulux’s Spring Breeze 2, chair from Sklum, similar beds from The Original Bed Co.

(Image credit: California Shutters)

Picking a paint colour scheme for a kid's bedroom or a nursery? Yellow is perfect if you are going down the gender neutral route. Make a practical window treatment more of a feature by painting them in a zesty yellow. These ones by California Shutters have been painted in Dulux’s Spring Breeze 2, and the colour has been carried through to the wall in the form of those funky mountain shapes. Oh, and if you don't fancy having a go at painting those tiny intricate stars, you can find similar wall stickers at Not on the High Street

Make sure you go and have a read through our guide to the best paint for kids' bedrooms to make sure you pick the most durable, wipeable, long-lasting paint available. 

15. Go bold with yellow kitchen cabinets 

small, bright yellow kitchen with contemporary feel and impressive light fitting

(Image credit: DelightFULL)

If your kitchen doesn't get a ton of natural light, adding a healthy dose of yellow is guaranteed to brighten up your space. if you are feeling brave you could go for sunflower yellow kitchen cabinets, if you are up for painting kitchen cabinets yourself, this could be a budget-friendly way of updating your space. Keep the look fresh by add a few pops of navy blue, bright white and grey. Check out our guide to the best paint for kitchen cabinets too.

16. Or add a dash of colour with yellow kitchen accessories 

open plan kitchen diner with yellow accents and woods by malcolm menzies

Yellow dining chairs from John Lewis, bamboo bar stools from Garden Trading, find similar pendant lights at

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

If you are after a more understated way to add yellow to your kitchen, just add a few accents of this poppy colour through your kitchen accessories (think cute yellow plates you can keep on show, yellow utensils, yellow fruit bowls, you get the idea) , kitchen appliances (yellow kettles, yellow toasters, yellow KitchenAids all exist) or take a tip from this gorgeous kitchen and change up your current dining chairs with these yellow Eiffel chairs

17. Add a splash of yellow around a window frame

homeowner standing in a modern white kitchen

(Image credit: Fiona Murray)

Yellow kitchen accessories not going to be enough for you but full on yellow kitchen cabinets a bit too much? Strike a balance by painting a small section of your kitchen in a sunny yellow paint. You could go down the feature wall route, or you could pinch this idea and paint around the frame of your windows and doors – enough but not too much. 

18. After yellow room ideas for a traditional space? Choose a creamy shade

Kitchen with cloak room paint creamy yellow

For a similar creamy, yellow paint used the in this hallway try Farrow & Ball Dayroom Yellow

(Image credit: Polly Etes)

For a more traditional take on a yellow room design, choose a light, creamy, primrose colour. Something like Farrow & Ball's Dayroom Yellow would work really well in a yellow hallway as makes even a light-deprived space feel brighter and more welcoming. Check out all of our hallway paint ideas in our guide or if you are after more tips on picking paint for a period property, we have lots of tips over in our feature. 

19. Match your worktop to your yellow kitchen cabinets

open plan kitchen diner with yellow cabinets, yellow worktop and glazing

(Image credit: Plykea)

Worktops are a really good place to add a pop of colour, especially if you have an island so you can just have a pop of a brighter shade. Why not copy this yellow room ideas and match your worktop to your cabinets for a cohesive and unified scheme? 

20. Choose a classic yellow and blue combination

kitchen with yellow walls and china in Georgian townhouse

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

You can't beat yellow and blue as a combination: yellow, with its bright, cheery tones is the perfect foil for blue, particularly a muted slate blue. Combine it with white for a more contemporary appeal, or throw in some raw wooden furniture to give the room a rustic edge. Add splashes of green for the perfect, summery setting.

21. Get a Mid-century look by combining yellow and brown 

Mid-century modern dining room with yellow and brown wallpaper

Starflower wallpaper by Little Greene, similar sideboard at West Elm , similar dining chairs from John Lewis

(Image credit: Heals)

Yes, you read that right, yellow and brown. But this '70s' combo is making a come back, and we think when used in small doses it can really work. We love the retro tone of Little Greene's Starflower wallpaper, pair it with some Mid-century furniture and some statement yellow lighting to complete the look.

Check out more Mid-century modern decorating ideas in our feature.

22. Make a statement with a yellow tub

Bathroom with yellow freestanding bath and yellow wallpaper

Wallpaper by Little Greene, silver cabinet by Componibili, find similar mirror at Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Little Greene)

Love the sound of a yellow bathroom? Go bold with a yellow freestanding tub. The Albion Bath Company has loads of lovely freestanding baths (even really, really diddy ones if you are working with a small bathroom – read our guide if you're designing a tiny room), all of which can be painted in your choice of Dulux or Farrow and Ball's paint, for a similar yellow paint to the one below we recommend Dulux's Yellow Punch.  

23. Yellow and grey? The dream combination 

Yellow and grey bathroom with white plantation shutters and freestanding bath

For similar yellow paint try Annie Sloan Versailles, for similar grey paint go for Dulux's Warm Pewter

(Image credit: California Shutters)

In this yellow and grey bathroom a bright, the pale pastel yellow is made to feel just a bit more grown up when combined with a light grey, plus the stripped back wooden floors and modern white furniture stop it from becoming too saccharine. Find more bathroom paint ideas in our guide; and don't miss our best bathroom paints buyer's guide so you can be sure of choosing the right finish.

24. Add depth with deeper shades of yellow

DFS living room yellow room

(Image credit: DFS)

Yellow's an intense shade but you can intensify the effect with splashes of deeper, earthier yellows as a backdrop – or simply in accessories. Counter-balance these darker tones with pale pastels and the odd splash of bold primary colours, like in the room above – but otherwise keep the scheme very simple to keep the overall effect soothing.


Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.