I hope that this finds you all well. Last week I began discussing some of my favorite 2019 home decor trends emerging from Milan Design Week. This week my focus is Gen Z yellow.
Yellow is the most visible of colors in the spectrum, and it is essential to plan out how you'll use it in your homes. Even the most muted yellows can look quite strong in a large space such as a kitchen. I also feel quite strongly that such a bright and vibrant hue should be used in smaller doses, unless you go very muted OR are able to redecorate your home once the "yellow" phase passes.
While mustards and earthy yellows still have a place in home decor, the newest yellow is a bright vibrant hue called "Gen Z yellow." Some are saying that it is a replacement of Millennial Pink.
If I were to infuse Gen Z yellow into my home, here's how I would do it, friends. Try some artwork. It is a small way to incorporate color.
Another way to add a dose of this yellow is painted on a door! This is a relatively inexpensive option, and the door can be repainted in a different color next season if need be.
Raise your hand if your motto is "Go bold or go home." This section is for you. Why not paint an entire accent wall (or room) in Gen Z yellow and reinforce it with yellow chairs?! Notice that the other colors paired with the yellow are crisp and bold, in black and white. Now is not the time to add muted colors and neutrals.
Above you'll note four colors I selected from Benjamin Moore's most vibrant color collection, aptly named COLOR PREVIEW COLLECTION. From left to right: Chantilly Lace OC-65 | Toucan Black 2118-20 | Yellow Highlighter 2021-40 | Clover Green 2034-10
To illustrate my point about this bright yellow pairing best with other clean, saturated, vivid colors, see the image below. The more muted wallpaper behind this bright yellow sofa is not working that well. I do like it. Do not get me wrong. I just prefer that muted tones be put with other muted tones, and that brights go with other brights. The bright yellow sofa only exaggerates the muted color palette in the wallpaper.
Do you want to tone your yellow down in a bit and not be so bold? Well, you have come to the right place. Here are four calmer yellows for you to consider this season.
These Benjamin Moore colors from left to right are: Creme Brulee 2022-70 | English Scone | Lemon Sorbet 2019-60 | Yellow Freeze 2020-70
Okay, friends, as always, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org