Color Trends – Lemon/Buttercup Yellow

lemon yellow chairs


***Post Authored by Carla


It’s me, Carla and it’s time to introduce our next color (gulp). Let’s put our hands together and give a warm welcome to… (drumroll)… BUTTERCUP YELLOW! It’s loud, proud and has been haunting the shit outta me since I saw it on the Top 10 Colors for 2016 list. Are you skeptical. So were we … until we started pinning for this post.


Wait. Backup.


The last time I wore yellow was Halloween of 2006 when I dressed up as the Morton’s Salt girl (costume complete with yellow rubber shoes and a yellow dress that my mom made for me and by the way I was 27, not 12). And while we have some bananas on our kitchen counter and a rubber ducky in our bathtub, there is no other trace of yellow in our home.


emily henderson color trend buttercup yellow


HOWEVER, once I started perusing the internets for yellow interiors, fashion and products to share with you, I found myself CONSIDERING this new hue. Here’s why.


modern yellow interior design emily henderson


If you live in a colder climate like myself (Minnesota), you probably agree that winter poses as a hard time of year to dress in a feminine way without freezing your bum off (stay with me here). Come winter and spring, all of my ruffly blouses and silk dresses get shoved to the back of my closet in favor of bulky fair isle sweaters and (fun fact for those who know me) wool long-johns that I wear under my jeans. Super sexy. Our 18 month old son  recently started calling me “DADA” (formerly I was known a “MAM”) and it’s probably because I’m starting to dress like one. Where am I going with this??? IT’S TIME FOR ME TO INFUSE SOME BRIGHT, FEMININE, ON-TREND COLORS INTO MY LIFE.


Buttercup Yellow Fashion Trend 2016


Look at how effortlessly these babes pull off buttercup yellow. As you can see, the key is to either introduce a small pop of color with an accessory or contrast one prominent yellow piece with enough neutrals to create visual balance. As you may have guessed, I will probably try something similar to the look Leandra is rocking (the tiny clutch).


Manrepeller Yellow Fashion Clutch




Yellow Fashion Trend


Infusing buttercup yellow into your home is obviously a bolder move than trying out a teeny yellow clutch or yellow nail polish. When it comes to bringing color into your home, there are two different methods to take depending on your taste, budget and ballsiness.


Lemon Yellow Fashion Accent


Method #1


If you are unsure of a color – be it buttercup yellow or fiesta red (coming in a future post), try introducing small, inexpensive items like a vase or throw pillows (scroll down to the roundup for ideas). The key is to edit down the rest of your space to be neutral enough for the pops of yellow to feel intentional.


Another way to try out a bold color is with paint. Paint probably seems like a big commitment, but in actuality is a fairly small investment and if you hate it, you can just paint right over it. Pro tip: I typically hit up Restoration Hardware for paint swatches as their colors are tried and true and they have lots of nice reference pictures. I then head to Home Depot and have them do a color match with a less fancy (and cheaper) paint brand.


Method #2


If you’ve tested the waters and decided you want to up the ante OR you want to skip the first method entirely and just go balls to the wall (good on you but don’t come crying to us afterwards, but please send pics), consider introducing furniture or drapery. If you’re going for a more sophisticated look, keep the rest of the room neutral (grey is a nice compliment). If you’re opting for a more fun, playful look (like in a nursery), feel free to introduce other small pops of color. Ultimately if your yellow is in the form of a major investment, be sure you love this color and have loved it for a while.


emily henderson buttercup yellow color trend


The Rachel Comey flagship store in New York risked three VERY on trend colors and killed it. This yellow is absolutely perfect next to that blushing blush.


The Loft Amsterdam Yellow Sofa


People with yellow sofas that look good deserve a parade. Brava.


buttercup yellow sofa and chair


Roundup time! Okay, so when I see all of these items combined on one giant mood board, I start to have a mild panic attack. TOO. MUCH. YELLOW. All of these items are meant to stand on their own and not be combined! I especially like the little yellow prep bowls and Ray-Ban sunnies. I wanted to give a shout out to this fancy little number which did not make the round up but made me laugh (NO JUDGEMENT if you are into furry yellow toilet seat covers).


So what do you think? Are you excited about buttercup yellow or does it make you a nervous pervous like me?


Buttercup Yellow Round Up


1. Planter + Stand | 2. Paint in Lemon Sorbet | 3. Tad Carpenter Print | 4. Mohair Pillows | 5. Wallpaper in Rosa | 6. Armchair | 7. Fabric in Pantheon | 8. Bar Stools | 9. Sunglasses | 10. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer | 11. Nail Polish | 12. Plaid Throw | 13. Rob Delamater Print | 14. Bedding Set | 15. Bud Vase | 16. Fabric in Citrine | 17. Blazer | 18. Luster Velvet Pillow | 19. Paint in Lemon Ice | 20. Cotton Throw | 21. Pouf | 22. Rug | 23. Mongolian Fur Pillow | 24. Instax Camera


As we were collating all this product there seemed to be two different yellows that didn’t necessarily look good together – Buttercup and Lemon. So as you are yellow-ing your house choose one tone – a warmer butter or a more acidic lemon, but nary the two shall mix.




1. Swatch | 2. Rug | 3. Vase | 4. Candle | 5. Skirt | 6. Chair | 7. Vase | 8. Key Chain | 9. Lamp | 10. Shoes | 11. Wallpaper in Otomi | 12. Pillow | 13. Swimsuit | 14. Headphones | 15. Spacetime by Julia Rymer | 16. Sunglasses | 17. Dress | 18. Stripped Rug | 19. Mixing Bowl Set | 20. Ceramic Crate Candle | 21. In The Boatyard by Jenny Prinn | 22. Rain Boots | 23. Sheet Set | 24. Clutch | 25. Varriables by Jenny Prinn | 26. Paint in Acacia | 27. Armchair | 28. Table | 29. Banana Flask | 30. Sofa


*Image Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 56 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 


***Carla Fahden is a Creative Director at a creative agency in Minneapolis with a focus on fashion art direction. Off the clock she devotes her time to writing her blog, designing wedding stationery and has an exclusive collaboration with Stone Fox Bride launching this spring. You can also find her decorating her recently renovated 100 year old home, watching her Felicity box set or writing rambling run-on sentences in the blogosphere. 




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