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Let’s talk a little about trends! I have been seeing the color yellow pop up more and more in home decor! Specifically a “butter” yellow shade. I’ve seen it as small accents in a room, or in some rooms as a big statement on cabinets or walls. Y’all know I’ve never been one to pay much attention to what’s “on trend” nor do I really care what is in or out :), but I do find it interesting how various colors and styles cycle through. And I love butter yellow and always have, so it caught my eye!
I had butter yellow walls and curtains in several of my homes. We painted one dining room butter yellow (LOVED it so much) and two of our bedrooms in our old English cottages…it was such a happy but cozy color! My mom had it in many of her homes, too. In fact, growing up I had a yellow bedroom with vintage style wallpaper and bedding that would be right on trend today!
As I got a little older I began to see that even certain classic decor styles and color palettes will be “on trend” for awhile and then eventually fade away. Right now butter yellow and English Country style is “trending” but it was also “on trend” when I had my first English country style home. It’s such a delightful look, especially in the right home.
Here’s a little advice to consider if you are new to decorating! It is not unusual to think we “love” a new trend if we’re bored with what we see or when enough people start doing it. Once it is “mainstream” it feels fresh and yet safe and comfortable to bring it into our home, too. That is the problem with embracing a new to us style, we can be fooled into thinking something IS our style simply because we’re bored or see it everywhere and it feels comfortable right now. If all the trend setters and influencers do it, there is plenty of inspiration around to “influence us”, too! Plus all the “on trend” color palettes feel safer and items are for sale are easy to find at the big box stores.
But if you don’t want to get sucked into expensive or time consuming choices that you might regret later, it’s helpful to remember that even a classic style such as elements of English Country may feel dated or “overdone” to you in a few years.
Once everyone moves on to the next style or color scheme, will you feel like you want or need to redo your entire home? You might not think so now, but it happens!
Classic choices, colors and styles endure long beyond trends, but if you aren’t confident in that style for your home or your long range plans it will make it easier on you if you dip a toe into a trend or new direction without changing your entire home. Don’t overdo a particular element or invest in an expensive direction that will be harder for you to change, unless you are certain that what you’re doing is truly your style.
Butter yellow walls in a bedroom would be not be impossible to repaint in a few years, but an expensive yellow couch or even an entire yellow kitchen might feel exciting or even classic now but could be quite regrettable later. If you aren’t confident it’s the right long term choice for you and your home, accessories and wall paint (chosen selectively for the room) are easier to update!
With that said, if you are comfortable with the direction or are willing to change it later, don’t be afraid to embrace what you love and run with it. For some, playing it safe doesn’t spark enough joy :).
Do what makes sense for you and your home. This is the direction I have chosen to go with all of my homes. It made no difference whether my overall style was on trend or not, I still incorporated what made me happy. Yet what made me happy also was what made sense in my home.
Rather than hopping on a trend or overdoing a style that would make my house and style feel disconnected or dated too quickly, I was more interested in doing what brought out my style and what was best in that particular home or room.
For one house it might mean more white walls, other rooms I went for blue walls and sometimes butter yellow walls were the right choice. If I still lived in my home with butter yellow walls, I am certain they would’ve stayed yellow this whole time! Being mindful of the house itself (what style it is), its features (the tone of the wood flooring or fixed elements, for example) the natural light in the room and what would bring my surroundings and style together as a whole has always been my personal approach.
Mixing what you love with what makes sense to the house and within an overall timeless classic style keeps a home feeling fresh for the long run!
Do you use any yellow in your decor? Or have you in the past? Would you consider it now?
I share more thoughts on style and decorating in my books and in my member community HomeBody Gathering Place.
We gathered up decor finds in all shades of yellow for today’s post and I must say…it was quite a mood booster for me to see all this cheery color on this cold wintery day. It’s making me look forward to spring! Enjoy!
Sources: Yellow Flower Art // Yellow Toaster (color options, I have it in this cozy green color in my kitchen!) // Yellow Lamp with Scalloped Shade // Yellow Floral Print Tablecloth // Yellow Floral Reversible Pillow Sham // Yellow Striped Pitcher // Yellow Planter Pot // Faux Forsythia Flowers // Floral Cloth Napkins // Yellow Honey Pot
More Yellow Decor (click each thumbnail below for details):
Do you follow me on Pinterest? I started a board with some inspiration rooms that use yellow here!
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