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Tips for adding Gen-Z Yellow To Your Home Decor

Chances are you have a specific opinion on yellow, you like it or you don't. There are so many different shades and they all can evoke different feelings in a space. You've got the golden yellow of the 1970's, the buttery yellow big in the 1990's, the fashion color chartreuse, punchy lemon, the list could go on. In this Color Therapy post, we've pulled together some of the best uses of true yellow in interiors and pinpointed what makes it so successful.

 Photo via Martyna Rudnika

Photo via Martyna Rudnika

It is noted that this color began to have a cultural significance and has been coined Gen-Z Yellow. Beyonce's Lemonade music video where she smashes a car wearing a yellow dress may have been the start, and Man Repeller was the first to make this connection in an article titled, "Move over Millennial Pink, There's a New Sheriff in Town". Writer Haley Nahman says, "Gen-Z yellow is the natural evolution of millennial pink. It maintains that pleasing-to-the-eye softness of the sweetest shades of millennial pink, but without the over-played infantalization. It's both nostalgic and modern. It has zest, energy and optimism."

In case you need a reminder of Bey in Lemonade.

 Photo courtesy of YouTube

Photo courtesy of YouTube

Designers are always striving to be ahead of the curve and timeless at the same time. We love yellow and many of these inspirational interiors are from well before the current yellow trend. We’d also like you to note that some of the most inspirational yellow uses were in spaces outside of the US. What does this mean for you? Incorporating yellow into your space is not only timeless, but can give your space a global edge!

 Home of designer Jorge Vazquez designed by Amaro Sanchez de Moya via Elle Decor Espana

Home of designer Jorge Vazquez designed by Amaro Sanchez de Moya via Elle Decor Espana

 MIKHAIL LOSKUTOV seen in AD Russia

MIKHAIL LOSKUTOV seen in AD Russia

One way we see yellow working best is in one bold way like painted furniture, cabinetry or upholstery.

 Image via Pinterest source unknown

Image via Pinterest source unknown

 Palmer Weiss image by Matthew Millman

Palmer Weiss image by Matthew Millman

Who wouldn't want a yellow door to stand out against a dreary winter day or welcome friends into the cheer of springtime?

 LA designer Heather Taylor of Heather Taylor Home, photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

LA designer Heather Taylor of Heather Taylor Home, photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino


Another great way to add yellow into a space is by peppering it throughout a more neutral space with the use of artwork and accessories. The Modern Manse home seen in Est Living in Melbourne, Australia is the perfect example. You see yellow upholstered chairs in the dining room and in the adjacent living room you see it in art above the fireplace.

 Modern Manse House

Modern Manse House

 Modern Manse House

Modern Manse House

Even if you don't look good in yellow, or it's not your favorite color, you can still use it in your space for that moment of unexpected, the zinger that can make a space go from looking designed to designer. We hope you take this inspiration and go forward in zestfulness, energy and optimism!

Sarah Montgomery