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February 19, 2013
As these projects show, a wash of yellow does wonders for interiors by providing a lively contrast to more somber materials like steel and concrete.
Custom curtain by Manhattan Textiles

Sheer yellow curtains by Manhattan Textiles delineate the kitchen and sleeping room from the main space of a vacation home in the Wisconsin forest.

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Originally appeared in The Durable Yet Comfortable Cabin in the Woods
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Wooten interior storage unit

Architect William Massie designed a prefab home in upstate New York to complement a vintage design dealer's furniture collection. The addition of a yellow acrylic to the thin window at the end of the house plays on the yellow panel of an Eames storage unit.

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modern beach house thatch roof living dining bar cart

The interiors of a renovated El Salvador beach house were stripped of walls and color, save for some choice pops here and there that add visual interest. A series of bright yellow elements—including the kitchen range hood, accent pillows, a Circa low table by The Carrot Concept, and a bar trolley—carry the eye from the kitchen out into the interior courtyard.

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Modern kitchen with Artematica itrum glass system

In the kitchen of a New York City apartment overlooking the High Line, a row of yellow cabinets stands out against the black appliances. Across the kitchen, the color is reflected in a bright yellow accent wall.

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modern design prefab dining room stacking chairs glass steel table

Six yellow David Rowland stacking chairs surround a 1970s Italian glass-and-steel table in the dining room of a hillside prefab home in Northern California.

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Special-edition Royal Copenhagen tea set in the kitchen

In Kenneth Montague's Toronto loft, Shopping Mall Fruit Basket, a painting by Peter B. Hastings, shares space with a special-edition Royal Copenhagen tea set and a photograph by Tokyo-based artist Keith Ng.

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Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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Modern dining room with long dining table and Jens Fager chair

With the help of architect Bart Lens, Veerle Wenes and Bob Christiaens merged a 19th-century building with a 1970s one to create a combined home and art gallery in Antwerp. In the dining room downstairs, Wenes entertains family, friends, and gallery visitors. The yellow chair is by Jens Fager.

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Originally appeared in This House Proves Art Galleries Can Be Super-Friendly
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The Miner and Major experiment in New York

Named for the abstract faces the architects found in the front facade, the Miner and a Major’s Loft painted oriented strand board (OSB) exterior conceals five small bedrooms, each outfitted with a desk, bed, and storage space.

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Originally appeared in Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn
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hostel mexico city bunk beds small spaces

Splashy bunk beds made from yellow lattice brick outfit this stylish hostel in Mexico.

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Originally appeared in A Stylish Budget Hostel in Mexico City
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Modern kitchen with yellow sectioned walls and monochrome appliances

Benjamin Moore's American Cheese paint adds a splash of vibrant color to the Barragan-inspired Los Angeles home of Laura Purdy and Juan Devis.

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Originally appeared in Colorful Remodel in Los Angeles
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Yellow glass-and-steel door engineered by Sand Studios

At Dwell founder Lara Deam's Mill Valley abode, a 2,000-pound pivoting door fabricated by Sand Studios is painted a bright hue of yellow-green. Steve Bauer of Baumar, who specializes in custom paint finishes, used metallic automotive paint since it stands up well to the elements—from blaring sunlight to heavy rain—and comes in an almost infinite array of colors.

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Originally appeared in Designed In-House
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Modern kitchen with freestanding staircase

The galley-style kitchen in the Katz House features a bold use of color. Resident Caren Katz fell in love with the name of a paint swatch called Canary Yellow and then left it to her husband, architect Gregory Katz, to fine-tune the exact hue.

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Originally appeared in Katz's Cradle
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Custom curtain by Manhattan Textiles

Sheer yellow curtains by Manhattan Textiles delineate the kitchen and sleeping room from the main space of a vacation home in the Wisconsin forest.

Photo by Narayan Mahon.

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