Monday, July 13, 2009

The Color Yellow

Marigold, Butterscotch, Lemon, Mustard

Acacia Restaurant
2601 West Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia

According to Benjamin Moore's Color Guide "A Stroke of Brilliance", yellow is "the most difficult color for the eye to process and see, yellow is the least popular color on the spectrum. Yellow stimulates memory. It reflects poorly on the skin...Yellow suggests detachment, anticipation,and a philosophical attitude." In India it is believed to stimulate the brain, enhance productivity and activate memory.

Yellow has been showing up in fashion magazines and home magazines frequently this summer. The trend started in the fall of 2008 as mustard and has transformed into a sunnier yellow as we have moved into summer. We could have some great discussions about what this all may mean!

The photograph above is my favorite use of color in this new trend. The warm brown wood of the bar, the tonal deep greens on the wall and the stark chrome legs on the butterscotch all come together with the yummy butterscotch leather seats. Aline Reitzer has created the perfect atmosphere to compliment her chef/husband's talents in the kitchen! You can learn more about Acacia Mid-Town at:

This fabric combination is from Schumacher
and was designed by Trina Turk, a fashion designer known for bold color combinations and patterns.

The fabric is solution dyed acrylic and is suitable for outdoor furnishings! Check it out on this outdoor patio I designed!

This combination is edgier with gunmetal faux lizard, vinyl printed velvet and mustard yellow "hair on hide" leather. This would look great combined with black and white furniture, nail heads and other metallic accents.

Shine Home has a great collection of furniture in graphic black and white, check them out at:


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