Yellow bedroom ideas – 10 ways to use this cheerful color in your sleep space

Yellow bedroom ideas create the warmest and most inviting of spaces – and they're perfect for every home

Yellow bedroom ideas
(Image credit: Future / Veere Grenney Associates)

Mood-lifting and warm, yellow bedroom ideas can bring energy, confidence and optimism to a space. It can be used anywhere in the home but is particularly effective in north-facing rooms that lack light. Read on to find out more about using this versatile hue for your bedroom ideas.

Yellow bedroom ideas – how to use this sunshine shade 

While the popularity of the color has been revived in recent times, the hue itself isn't new – the color yellow is one of the oldest shades in history. Take a look at our selection of yellow bedroom ideas for more inspiration.

1. Choose yellow for a north-facing room

Bedroom accent wall ideas with yellow wall paint

(Image credit: Future / Mel Yates)

Yellow room ideas cover a large range of shades – from barely-there buttermilk to mustard and lemon, and not forgetting ochre, gold, canary, saffron and chartreuse. 

'It can be used to add warmth to a room that feels 'cold', team it with rattan furniture and wooden floorboards, the hues will tie in perfectly to create a cozy and relaxing bedroom,' says Melanie Griffiths, editor, Period Living. 

2. Pick out key architectural details 

bedroom with taupe and yellows walls, upholstered bed, off white bedlinen, stool, ladder, wooden floor, rug

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

'In order to add interest to a room and change the pace and rhythm of your look you can use additional shades of yellow to highlight features,' says Helen Shaw, director at Benjamin Moore. 'Using one or two accents can lift the feel of a room – for instance, you can add color to pick out lines, furniture or architecture within a room. Sparing use of strong color is a super effective way of drawing the eye and creating a feature.'

3. Craft a room dipped in sunshine

Yellow bedroom ideas with patterned wallpaper

(Image credit: Veere Grenney Associates / David Oliver)

‘Current trends show a real shift towards brighter colors with a clean-cut finish,’ says Sue Kim, senior color designer at Valspar. ‘When choosing colorful bedroom ideas, don’t forget to look beyond the walls – consider the ceiling, skirting, window frames and mouldings and how they can be brought into the scheme.’

This dark bedroom was transformed by interior decorator Veere Grenney with an injection of yellow, balanced by crisp white linen and rush matting.

4. Evoke a sense of calm in a traditional bedroom

yellow bedroom with yellow textured wallpaper, yellow drapes, blind at window, four poster bed, pink patterned lampshades, pink patterned ottoman, patterned rug, artwork, white armchair

(Image credit: Penny Morrison)

'Textured wall coverings are a perfect way of introducing both color and texture to a room,' says Andrea Childs, editor, Country Homes & Interiors. 'This buttermilk shade is soothing and looks fabulous with the gold vintage frame and four-poster bed. Add in a side of rose pink with crisp white bedlinen and you have a charming yellow bedroom to relax in.'

5. Pair yellow and green for a grown-up take on nature's palette

Yellow bedroom with yellow four poster

(Image credit: Future)

Yellow is the perfect color to pair with contrasting and complementary shades, and it can work in both contemporary and traditional bedroom ideas. Unsurprisingly, yellow and green room ideas are amongst the sunniest of spaces – perfect for warming up cool, north- or east-facing bedrooms.

Looking for yellow living room ideas that aren't too yellow? You can create an inviting yellow and green bedroom with flowers, earthy natural textures, and pleasing patterns in this season’s most warming of color palettes, without the yellow being overpowering.

6. Pull out a color from your wallpaper to use elsewhere

yellow bedroom with yellow fruit wallpaper, yellow bed, yellow armchair, wooden floor, green blind, side table, rug, black spot blanket

(Image credit: Etch Design Group/Avery Nicole)

'The client gravitates towards playful patterns and fun colors, and wanted a space that is anything but cookie-cutter,' says Jessica Nelson, Allied ASID principal designer at Etch Design Group. 'The wallpaper was an immediate winner, as it checked all of the boxes, and provided a wide assortment of colors to work with in the space. We pulled the yellow from the wallpaper into the room through the custom velvet headboard, and it just happened to match the client's existing antique chair.'

7. Decorate with yellow in a nursery 

yellow bedroom with yellow floral wallpaper, day bed, floral pillows, antique side table, stripe rug, armchair, check drapes

(Image credit: Kim Armstrong Interior Design/Michael Hunter)

'This nursery I designed was for my client’s grandchildren,' says Kim Armstrong, owner and principal designer at Kim Armstrong Interior Design. 'My clients had two new grand babies, and others on the way, so they wanted to create a gender neutral nursery room for all of their youngest guests.'

'I selected this yellow wallpaper from Thibaut as the jumping off point for the whole design. Yellow is such a cheerful color, and it is a color that works well in any nursery. Some colors are timeless, and I think yellow is one of those colors.'

8. Use a primary yellow wallpaper as the focal point

yellow bedroom with yellow animal design wallpaper, black bed, floral bedlinen, black and cream blanket, grey drapes, green pillow cushion

(Image credit: M.Lavender Interiors/Janet Mesic Mackie)

Decorating with primary colors in interior design can be done subtly and elegantly to create bright – but understated – colorful bedroom ideas. Adding bold brights can be done in a way that's sophisticated and subtle, if the primaries are added in pops rather than swathes.

'We believe in using one primary color as the 'star' as I like to say it and we would recommend using the other primary colors as a supporting player,' says Mark Lavender, Principal Designer at M.Lavender Interiors

'In this bedroom, we used yellow as the main 'star' and the blue and red as supporting players as the headboard and colors in pillows. This creates a nice balance in the room.'

9. Use a variety of colors from the same palette

yellow bedroom with twin beds, bedside in the middle, artwork, upholstered headboards, blue throws at end

(Image credit: Albion Nord)

'We love to use earthy colors such as greens, dusky blues, ochres, chocolates, and cream design schemes,' says Camilla Clarke, creative director at Albion Nord. 'I tend to avoid anything grey and look to use architectural creams, or earthy greens. I have recently been drawn to yellows and pinks as they give off such an upbeat feeling.'

Emma Deterding, founder, Kelling Designs agrees: ‘Yellow is a great accent color for those that are less bold – use it as piping, fringing on cushions and through your pictures. It always looks great with beige, browns and greys, giving them a real pop. Put a yellow into a stack of anything from chairs to cushions and it will give it all a lift. A pop of yellow will always cheer up any scheme.’ 

10. Create an eye-catching statement with a yellow canopy

bedroom with yellow canopy at the head of the bedroom, tapestry on the wall, black side lamps, antique furniture

(Image credit: VSP Interiors)

If you love green room ideas but feel they need a little more heat, or want to take the brightness of yellow room ideas down a notch, then a yellow and green bedroom is the perfect compromise.

'I love green and yellow as a color combination,' says Henriette von Stockhausen, Creative Director at VSP Interiors. 'In my opinion, sometimes less is enough, so all the elements are allowed to shine rather than compete.'

Is yellow a good color for the bedroom?

Yellow is a great color for the bedroom: warm, exuberant and space-enhancing all in one go, it is hard to go wrong with this cheerful color.

‘To use yellow or ochre, you need to think of it as the “neutral” in the scheme; as a foil to set off other colors, not to overpower everything else,' says Susan Deliss, textile designer and interior decorator. 'Avoid anything that says canary or banana and go for something that sets off the architecture or warms up a cooler space.’ 

Sophie Warren-Smith
Contributing Editor

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 20 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time, both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor for indie magazine, 91, she trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for modern weddings and events. For H&G, she writes features about interior design – and is known for having an eye for a beautiful room.