entry of a house with yellow walls
Photo: John Granen
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Yellow

Often called the most optimistic color, yellow reflects light and adds cheer. The newest yellows are more nuanced than the lemony hues of years past, with enough substance to make a statement without calling to mind rain boots. TOH's favored hues range from relatively pale to a bright shade of daffodil that recalls colonial-era ocher tints.

Shown: Little Angel by Benjamin Moore.
This yellow can lighten the mood of a formal public space without seeming lightweight. Here, its sunniness stands up to the distinctive trim and dark-stained flooring, banister, and stair treads.
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