The deliciousness of yellow. It makes you think of sunny days, happy times and of being warm. Using yellow in your home can give the room that feel good experience that yellow invokes in us.
There are many degrees or hues of yellow. So how do you decide which one to use? Think about the room and who will be using it. Studies show that babies in bright yellow rooms tend to cry more. So for a nursery you might want to use a soft muted hue. But a windowless hallway can handle brighter yellows.
What kind of exposure does the room have? Do you live in a warm sunny climate with few gray days? If you live where the winters are cold and gray using a brighter, warmer yellow can help to brighten the room and your mood. Yellow might be a good winter color for you if you suffer from SAD.
Yellow is the most reflective color in our visible spectrum. So if you are choosing yellow as your wall color you need to consider its visual intensity or how bright it will look on the wall. I think that with yellow it is very important to test paint ares of your wall before you decide. See how it looks in the light and how it makes you feel when you walk in the room. Because of its reflective value people make more mistakes with yellow than any other color. Make use of those test sample paint cans whenever you are choosing a new color of paint for you walls, but especially so when choosing a color like yellow.
If you want that feel good experience of yellow without painting your walls you can always use it as an accent. Paintings, photographs, throw pillows or a vase of yellow flowers are good ways to bring yellow into your home. Don't dismiss yellow because you think it is too bright. Find a hue that makes you feel good when you look at it and bring that into your home.