Lemon Yellow Breakfast Nook | Color Codes VOL.3

Tuesday, October 16

I'm delighted to share this week's Color Codes post because we're talking about a cheerful color, lemon yellow! I love this color because one of my childhood bedrooms was painted lemon yellow and it's my oldest sister's favorite color!

PSSST... If you missed last week's post, don't sweat it! Click here to catch up: HOW TO DECORATE WITH CARNATION PINK: | COLOR CODES VOL.2 

START HERE: If you want to catch up on the entire series: COLOR CODE SERIES by DYLAN AND BERRY


I created the Color Codes Series to teach you guys (my readers!) how to add color to your home in a stress-free, cohesive way. In each post, I feature a specific hex color code and explain how to incorporate the color in your home. Every post teaches you how to decorate a space with monochromatic tones, neutrals shades, and triadic colors so you can choose which style fits your home the best. To put it shortly, this entire post is basically a color theory cheat sheet in 1500 words or less.


Yellow is a beautiful primary color which envokes happiness and hope. Although this color is known for its cheerful nature, some shades of yellow (such as a dull or dingy yellow) may encourage may represent caution, sickness, and jealousy.


Studies show that the meaning of the color yellow can be warmth, cheerfulness, increased mental activity, increased muscle energy. The color yellow helps activate the memory, encourage communication, enhance vision, build confidence, and stimulate the nervous system. Bright yellow is an attention-getting color, it is often associated with food, thus, many interior designers like to use it in kitchens, dining rooms, and breakfast nooks. 

If yellow is overused, it can have a disturbing effect. For example, it is a proven fact that babies cry more in rooms painted yellow. Too much yellow causes loss of focus and makes it hard to complete a task. Using this color too much can also encourage people to become more critical and demanding. 

In feng shui color psychology (click here to learn more about feng shui color psychology) yellow represents fire and is known to encourage conversation. A bright yellow helps focus one's attention and stimulate one's intellect while a soft yellow grounds emotions.


If you're intimidated by using yellow, don't be! Below, I have three different examples of how to use lemon yellow in your breakfast nook. The first way is a modern monochromatic style, the second is a traditional neutral style, and the third example is a bold color blocking style. All the designs are drastically different from each other but all of them feature similar shades of yellow in each example. 

This time the monochromatic example is the boldest out of the three examples. In this example, the breakfast area has a bright bohemian meets traditional vibe. This design is unique because it combines modern colors with traditional architecture. Although these styles are so different, everything flows in a harmonious rhythm. The lemon yellow walls and bright table set compliment each other perfectly.

FUN FACT: The first row of colors are called shades because black is considered a shadow while the bottom row of colors is called tints because the more light (aka white) you add to a color the softer it gets. Both rows are considered yellow because they gradually change within the same color range. They're basically increasing/decreasing the amount of light the color is exposed to instead of going around the color wheel. Therefore, both rows are still lemon yellow. Hopefully, that's not confusing!


Compared to the first photo, this breakfast area has warm tones to create a homey feeling. Both breastfast areas feature lemon yellow but this one features neutrals and less monochromatic colors. Warm tones encourage comfort while the bright yellow cushion seats add a fun pop of color and encourage conversation. This style is perfect for people who love the traditional decorating style.


This breakfast nook example is a subtle way to use tragic hues. In my previous post, I featured bold color blocking styles so I wanted to switch it up and show you that you don't always have to use crazy colors to incorporate triadic use. Lemon yellow (or color hex code #fff4f) has a bright triadic color scheme which features a bold periwinkle purple and bright seafoam green. In this example, the owner used softened versions of these colors to create a mellow eating area. To recreate this room all you have to do is get a white kitchen table set and paint the chairs different colors with chalk paint.

FUN FACT: In color theory, the definition of Triadic Colors is a color scheme that uses three colors evenly spaced around the color wheel. Triadic color harmonies tend to be considerably vibrant, even if you use pale or muted versions of the hues (see example below!)

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