entry of a house with yellow walls
Photo: John Granen
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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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