Morena Baccarin's living room walls urge us to rethink the versatility of this daring shade

Yellow paint is a surprisingly flexible design choice, here's what this sunshine shade can do for our homes

Morena Baccarin
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There's lots of talk lately about the unexpected red theory – may we propose a surprising yellow? As we enter the final stretch of winter and the sun begins to linger outside longer, we're drawn to the golden hue of the rainbow, and actor Morena Baccarin is paving the way toward yellow interiors.

The Deadpool and Homeland star posted a photo of her bright yellow living room walls, and we were taken by the unique and underused color taking up so much space in a common room.

Yellow's benefits are aligned with that of any bright shade – zippy and cheerful, reminiscent of sunflowers and daisies; they infuse homes with a dose of dopamine. It's nearly impossible to be sad in a yellow room.

'For a happy and energizing mood in the home, bright colors are great for delivering a dose of dynamism into our lives,' says Helen Shaw, Director of Marketing (International) at Benjamin Moore. 'As the brightest color of the visible spectrum, yellow is the most uplifting and refreshing of them all.'

Helen Shaw
Helen Shaw

Helen Shaw is part of Benjamin Moore's UK division. Color expert and international marketing director, Helen and her husband Craig are founders of Shaw Paints, acquired by Benjamin Moore in 2020.

Perhaps yellow's absence in many homes stems from a color theory question: which colors does it go best with? While not necessarily as versatile as commonly used neutrals, yellow can actually fit into many existing schemes if coordinated strategically.

'Yellow balances well with hues from the greyscale, from crisp white to deep black,' Helen explains. 'For the ultimate endorphin boost, embrace all yellow walls and woodwork in a full-on color drench look, complete with a fresh bunch of flowers as a final touch.'

yellow room with checked bath tub and lots of plants

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Bright color is a bold design choice -- for the hesitant yet curious, yellow can be implemented into the home in small doses rather than committing to painted walls and cabinets.

'For those not wanting to paint all four walls try painting a particular area to create a focal point and centerpiece, from which the rest of your scheme can work around,' Helen suggests.

Below, we have rounded up some yellow decor that is sure to brighten up any space.

Hannah Ziegler
News Editor

Hannah is Homes & Gardens’ News Editor, with a focus on celebrity style and entertainment content. She got her start in media as a digital editorial assistant at ELLE Canada, and has since written about lifestyle and culture for publications such as Nylon and i-D.

Her love of film is rivalled only by one with a great soundtrack, and she hopes to someday decorate a Nancy Meyers-worthy kitchen.