Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Asia’s Color of the Year for 2012


Color Marketing Group, an international association of color experts, has been providing global color forecasts for the past 50 years. Their 2012 color of the year for Asia and the Pacific? Yellow – the hue “associated with joy, radiance and intellect,” whose “abstract qualities lead us to creative paths.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready to welcome more joy, radiance and creativity into my home this winter. If you feel the same way, here are a few ideas for adding a splash of sunny yellow to your Asian-inspired decor.

asian inspired living room with yellow chinese chippendale chairs Above: Painted Chinese Chippendale chairs add a bright spark of color to this neutral Asian-inspired library by Scott Currie. The yellow works beautifully against the blue-grey Sea Haze walls and Silver Dollar trim (both by Benjamin Moore). Photo by Roger Davies for Elle Decor.


yellow Chinese armoire in dining room

Above: A large Chinese armoire painted acid yellow is the perfect color counterpoint to the blue chairs and khaki-green walls in this dining room designed by Betsy Burnham. Painting one accent wall a bright yellow would provide the same feeling. Photo by Matthew Millman for Western Interiors.


yellow chinese ceramic garden stool

At left: A vivid Chinese ceramic garden stool is a great way to introduce a splash of yellow into your decor. Use it as a side table in the living room, a stool in the bathroom, or place a pair at the foot of your bed or under a console table for extra seating.


blissliving anis duvet cover set 







At right: Yellow with black and white is always a great color combination. For modern Asian style in your bedroom try this Anis duvet cover set from Blissliving.


yellow chinese chippendale barstool



At left: Add a twist of lemon to your kitchen with this Chinese Chippendale barstool by Lilly Pulitzer, available at Horchow.


set of six yellow chinese porcelain vases








At right: Yellow Chinese porcelain vases in a mix of sizes and shapes add interest to a mantel. This set of six is from Horchow.


yellow oriental side chest 

At left: A hand-painted oriental side chest is a pretty way to add an unexpected touch of yellow to your Asian-inspired decor. The six small drawers are embellished with flowers and butterflies.







At right: Colorful birds and peonies against a bright yellow background make this Chinese cloisonné decorative plate a stunning accent.


chinese emperor ceramic statue


At left: Place this yellow-robed Chinese emperor figurine in a bookcase for a pop of color.


yellow wood decorative folding screen 








At right: Add colorful style to a nondescript corner with a yellow wood folding screen.


Tobi Fairley yellow Rothesay lantern





At left: Tobi Fairley’s large Rothesay lantern in daffodil would be a spectacular addition to a foyer.


squash yellow paper lantern




At right: Don’t have $3900 to spend on the Tobi Fairley lantern? This premium Chinese paper lantern in squash yellow will provide a golden Asian glow for only $16 including shipping.


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