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Metallic accessories reflect yellow's versatility in room design

April 18, 2014

Hardwood FlooringYellow can be soft or bright, but however it's used, it's one of the most versatile hues that homeowners can introduce into their home design. Virtually any color goes well with yellow, and the brown tones in hardwood floors are no exception. The walnut flooring in Anderson's Vintage 5-inch floor collection is a good example of natural wood complementing the various shades of yellow.

A classic combination that stems from the Provence region of France is yellow and blue, which is most frequently used in country decorating. But there's a new twist on this color duo in a recent trend that mixes shades of blue with warm metals like gold and burnished brass. According to Houzz, navy and other deep blues really bring out the luster of brass and gold hardware on furnishings.

The website featured this combo in a variety of room designs. Most often, a dark blue living room sofa was paired with sconces, lamp bases and other metallic accessories. With this colorscape, creamy yellow is a great neutral color to use on walls and ceilings. In kitchens, cabinetry that's painted dark blue with brass or gold drawer and door pulls is also a popular new style.

For something more casual and better suited to a den or family room, painting the back wall of white bookcases in dark blue allows the books and decorative accessories to pop against the bold background. A series of brass library lights attached to the wall above the shelving finished the project featured on Houzz.

Gold is the new yellow
If gold is a favorite shade of homeowners, they can try a gold shade of yellow as a main color in their homes. The look varies from a sophisticated mustard yellow that lends drama in a dining room to a sunnier yellow that's at home in kitchens or bathroom, according to Real Simple magazine. If there's an alcove or dark corner that needs brightening, yellow can save it from the color doldrums. For contrast, medium gray or deep charcoal offer an alternative to shades of brown.

Picture frames around mirrors and lighting fixtures, including chandeliers, are among the home accessories that can introduce gold into a design scheme. If home decorators have accessories in a different metallic shade that's looking dated, they can give them a new look with spray paint. But beware of the shiny varieties - softer, burnished metallics have a classier look.