Color can cause quite a discussion. Some people are complete fanatics, and some just don’t want it in their homes. Often, this disagreement begins because the conversation is focused on bright colors. While they can make a stylish impact, it’s not always the case that they are appropriate for a space. That’s why we’ve selected a few examples from our current and past issues that showcase the versatility of yellow, the ultimate bright shade. Or so we thought…

While we love lemon yellow for modern, clean and bright spaces (and in small doses) there are other shades that can work for those who like things a bit toned down. How do you find a mid point between you and your husband where you’re on the side of adding a little yellow and he’s on the side of creating a moody man-cave style living room? In our first slide, ochre is the perfect shade to reconcile the two points of view. It pairs well with charcoals, dark blues and greens, creating a feel of opulence. Ochre can also change with light, so what it looks like during the day and then at night will be different.

Similarly, you can go a shade brighter than ochre (but not as bright as lemon yellow) to simulate the beauty of gold. Just add pastels and actual gold accents and you have yourself a soft feminine palette. Perfect for your office, bedroom or powder room.