Sunday, November 3, 2013

No Yellow

by Leann

It is time to choose my color palette for the new house. Part of this has been done already as I chose cabinet stain and quartz countertops already. Since there is quartz in the kitchen, laundry room and two bathrooms, I had to chose carefully. Taupe, brown, gray, cream and a hint of silver will determine the walls.

But while I was sitting in the eye doctor's waiting room this past week, with it's over-powering yellow walls, I know what color will
be avoided: yellow. I began to think about my aversion to yellow and came up with plenty of reasons. (And by the way, if you look in my closet and drawers--no yellow. Not one shirt or blouse. None.)

Before I was a writer, I was a nurse--for many years. Twenty of them were spent staring at yellow walls--pale, mustardy, depressingly bleak walls. I hated that color more and more as the years progressed. But it's not just that. When I put yellow next to my skin, I look like death warmed over. It's just not for me. I am no "fashionista." I pretty much wear jeans and T-shirts or flannel shirts all the time. But I am amazed how, during the few visits I make to a department store, I just push past yellow anything. It's embedded in my subconscious, I believe.

Unfortunately, this rental house has, you guessed it, pale, mustardy,
depressingly bleak yellow walls. Color does affect the psyche and prolonged exposure to a hated color has to have a negative effect. Cannot wait to get out!

What about you? Are there certain colors that make you feel good (I love coral and rose and burgundy)? Or colors that just make you want to puke? I'd love to hear if I have kindred spirits out there!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am drawn to pink, blue, and green. I tend to avoid most reds and oranges.

Liz Straw said...

A lot of greens make me want to run from rooms, espesially minty greens and bright greens. I like blues, soft yellows, creamy 1930s kitchen colors. Not a big pink fan, more of a rose to burgandy. Some colors work and othters just will not do - very arbitry

SueAnn said...

It's funny you are turned off by yellow...I don't like the greys and taupes...like you- seen too much of that color ....I was never a fan of yellow, anything...but a few years ago..it caught my eye...and I have a few pieces of yellow clothing...more mixed colors with yellow, and I have painted the kitchen a sunny yellow....we have a HUGE old farm house kitchen...I like the corals, and burgandies too..soft, warm...comfy...I paint each room in the house to match its personality....I never liked white walls.....cream walls...I need color!!

Anonymous said...

Browns, reds, rust and such though I do wear mostly navy or charcoal grey sweats. Yellow make me look like death NOT warmed over and so does purple.

Dru said...

Blue and Black and now I love orange.

Leann Sweeney said...

I love pink (on the pale side of the color) but my husband HATES it. So, no pink. Since I cannot stand yellow, I understand. :-) Green is okay but I once had a house with LOTS of blue, so I did get tired of it,

Leann Sweeney said...

I like cream but very cream, not too much of the dreaded yellow. It IS all about personal preference. Just interesting to see how different everyone is!

Leann Sweeney said...

My husband actually thought we'd just paint everything white and come back "later" and add color. I know him. That would NEVER happen after all the work he's been doing. (this is a man who took 3 years to lay a wood floor in ONE ROOM.) :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

We're the same then. The only purple I have is a shirt my husband bought for me as a gift. It's a nice shirt but it the only lavender anything I own. Some skin tones just cannot handle yellow. (And some eyes cannot tolerate yellow!)

Leann Sweeney said...

I would bet orange is a great color for you. The very first house we owned had LOTS of orange. (I made the drapes and they were awesome!) Plus, the dress I wore to my rehearsal dinner was a red-orange. Still have it!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm with you. I don't like yellow. I do have 2 tops in kind of a yellow base but never wear them. I just don't look good in yellow. I love Roses, Burgundy and anything in their families. I also love all blues. Of course the Roses and Burgundy have blue in them so maybe that is why I like them so much.

Leann Sweeney said...

Ah, someone who doesn't like yellow! I think I love everything in the red family and sometimes see a shirt on sale, buy it and when I hang it up, there are 5 shirts alongside that are the same color! Did I mention my short term memory is shot? :-)

Karen Dubrinsky said...

I'm not really a yellow person but my kitchen is light yellow with white cabinets and wood trim (think 1950's kitchen). The ceiling, however, is a nice chalky light blue. I love it!
In clothing, I tend toward purples, blue, and green, with some brown or black.

Leann Sweeney said...

I do love the idea of a blue ceiling. It would be very soothing, I think. In writing this blog I also realized, I am NOT a purple lover either. Green, red, blue, beige are fine. And anything black always has to have white with it. Humans. Who can figure them out? :-)

Jeannie D. said...

I am like you, I dislike yellow anything. It looks horrible on me and it depresses me to see it on walls. I am not a fan of purples either. I like khaki greens and blues for clothing. My living room is Cherokee Red and love it. My bathroom is a Savannah Moss green. So, in my home I love colors on the walls. I lived in a rental before we moved into our house and the walls were all a creme beige color. I couldn't wait to have color on my walls.

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes! Depressed. It must be something about our brains. I would love to have a red room but I have to "compromise" and tone down what I want. My husband would NEVER go for a red room! LOL.

Debra said...

I love yellow but not your mustardy yellow. My yellow is buttercream, think cream with a hint of pale lemonade. My kitchen, sunroom, living room and bedroom are buttercream.
Pick a color and then go one shade lighter. Paint the ceiling one or two shades lighter than the walls.

Leann Sweeney said...

Pale yellow is okay. I did my last house in eggshell, which had a hint of yellow. I am planning an off-white--probably an ivory color for the window and door trim, ceilings and baseboards. White-white is just too much. I've lived with it through 4 houses and want something a little different. The yellow wall color in this rental is really almost nauseating. Why would anyone pick something so awful? (Torture, maybe?)

Teachgiftedkids said...

I'm searching for new wall colors for my house too. Used to have mauve carpeting with blue accents. I loved it for 20 years but then pulled up all the carpet and had wood floors put in. Love the floors and should have done it sooner. Now I have new furniture with green highlights. I plan on calling in a decorator and will pay her by the hour to give me some suggestions. A couple of hours should do it! I do agree - NO YELLOW, ever. Maybe a small closet, with the creamy yellow that a couple of people suggested. But never YELLOW, true and loud.

Leann Sweeney said...

We will have wood floors, too, and I will be so glad not to have carpet after all these years. At this point, I don't think I could take any yellow. In fact the cabinet maker had a note on my order that I want no yellow undertones to the stain, either. Have fun with your decorator! I look forward to doing the colors. It's fun!

Rachelle21 said...

I am in a room now which has yellow wall paper and a yellow shade. I love yellow as it makes this room brighter. I would love to get rid of the floral wallpaper in our bedroom as our bank has the same pattern on its walls.

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes, there is sometimes too long of an exposure to a color or pattern--and that's what happened to me. I am yellowed out! :-)

Aurian said...

Lol yellow is my favourite color, my kitchen cabinets are creamy, and the tiles are yellow, with some with sunflowers on them. I just painted my livingroom walls a very pale yellow as well, so the new dark coach looks great against it. But I will never wear anything yellow either, just give me black please. Or dark blue (but that is also because I am a messy eater, always spilling if I wear light colors).

Leann Sweeney said...

Everyone is different. :-) I've just had too much yellow in my life, I guess. A soft yellow is pretty, and cream is fine, but even hints of the color just REMIND me of those many years spent with ugly yellow!