Color Scheme: Yellow and Black

Yellow and Black is probably the most powerful color combination on Earth…

These two hues command our attention like no other color duo can.  In nature, yellow and black insects warn us of their danger or perhaps attract us to their beauty.

On the road, the same colors catch the eye of drivers and communicate the need for extreme caution.

So how does this translate into interiors?  Spaces that combine the cheerfulness and radiance of yellow with the sophistication and elegance of black provide a very dramatic setting that is both lighthearted and refined — as shown by the following two spaces designed by Tracy Murdock.

By adding white or gray, the strength of yellow and black is lessened; therefore creating a space that is not so startling but still lively.

{design by Christian May}

{printed canvas available at The Contemporary Home UK}

{Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel – design by Kelly Wearstler}

A yellow and black space is bold but it need not be too brash.  Avoid equal amounts of each hue by using one as the dominant color and the other as an accent.  Also remember to use splashes of white, gray or any pastel to soften the color scheme.  Follow these guidelines and you too can create an attention-getting space that will also put a smile on your face.

additional photo credits:  lovehome; my home ideas; bhg

6 thoughts on “Color Scheme: Yellow and Black

  1. I love that room with the 3 panel pictures and the 2 zebra seats. This color combo is striking and bold. I had two color schemes planned for my daughter’s nursery – Yellow & Charcoal was one. I ended up going with the other – Orange, cream, soft yellow and accented with torquoise. She is 6 months already and I have not finished!!!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Swanky Paper :: 40th Birthday =-.

  2. Yellow is my least-favourite colour, but I do like how it’s used in these rooms. I agree, it works really well paired with black. I like the powder room with the black & white flowered wallpaper and the living room with the yellow sofa and yellow blind best :-)


  3. Yes, I know the hotel in Santa Monica.
    You are so right on with this. We are seeing it all over; also, the gray/yellow combo is strong. I’m going to the AD show at Pier 94 this Thurs.: will report on all I see. Even have a press pass,, so expect many photos!
    .-= Libby´s last blog ..IKEA IN THE PARIS METRO =-.

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