In sunny weather, it’s no wonder we should want a burst of sunshine in our homes via yellow. The color of the sun, lemons and pineapples, yellow infuses a room with a bright ray of sunshine. And whether found in accessories, furniture or tabletop décor, yellow refreshes a room like a glass of cold lemonade.

Yellow brightens a home when sprinkled throughout in sunny cushions, throws, vases and artwork. For a bolder look, vintage slipper chairs reupholstered in yellow are the way to go. And there are so many shades to choose from: primary yellow, mustard and ochre fall into the category. For this story, photographer David Wariner picked GasLamp finds in shades of primary yellow and a paler butter yellow.

CHARMING CHAIRS

These bistro chairs are a charming duo in bumblebee black and yellow.

This set of two vintage bistro chairs feature yellow upholstery and scrollwork on the back of the black metal frame ($60 per chair; Booth B-188 or B-115). This chair design is what would come about if a Parisian bistro chair and a Victorian peacock chair had a lovechild. Its design is unusual and has a 1950s vibe. This set is perfect for a collector of midcentury modern furniture who wants to add some lemony zest to a room’s color palette.

SUMMER READING

A midcentury modern magazine rack is a blast from the past.

This vintage 1950s magazine rack is a fine specimen in yellow ($95; Booth B-2021). It looks as though an artisan used a stencil and airbrushed a scene featuring ducks flying over a lake against a yellow background. This is such a unique piece for holding magazines, newspapers, cookbooks or vinyl records.

MADE IN ITALY

This Italian urn serves up a buttery shade of yellow.

Neoclassical style is gracefully captured in this urn’s curvaceous and symmetrical design. After an artisan made this Italian urn, he or she applied a butter yellow glaze with rust-colored highlights, a shade that complements the Neoclassical design (call store at 615.297.2224 for price; Booth B-162). Signed by the artist, this urn exudes neoclassical style. It would be an excellent complement to a room with royal blue and pink in its color palette.

CONVERSATION PIECE

Vintage toys, like this 1950s auto hauler, invite chats about one’s vintage collection.

Most antique collectors love a conversation piece, and GasLamp has one in yellow, naturally: This 1950s Structo auto transport hauler and ramp ($105; Booth T-218). This hauler originally came with four pressed steel cars that have been lost to time. This piece would catch any guest’s eye with its deep yellow tone and unusual design.

RAILROAD CHIC

Black and yellow create a striking combination in this sign.

This retired railroad crossing sign is as chic as a bumblebee in yellow and black. Even if you don’t have a collection of railroad paraphernalia, this black-and-yellow retired railroad crossing sign can bring a joyous burst of yellow to your world. At 30 inches in diameter, this sign makes a statement. ($145; Booth B-230).

RECORD DÉCOR

This cheery yellow album would look fabulous hung on a wall with other vintage albums.

This 1974 album called “Sheet Music” is by the English rock band 10cc ($12; Booth B-216). The double entendre is seen on the cover, which features a – wait for it – yellow sheet! (Get it, get it?) Melody Maker, a British weekly music magazine, said the album “grips the heart of rock’n’roll like nothing I’ve heard before.” Vintage album covers, like this one, make for artful wall décor when tiled – and this one will brighten a grouping.

CHILD’S STYLE

This rocker from the 1940s is a heavy-duty piece despite its age.

This heavy children’s rocker from the 1940s is painted a buttery yellow that would blend in nicely with navy blue for a boy’s room or pale aqua for a girl’s room ($42; Booth T-371). With its farmhouse-style finish, it will add a touch of whimsy to any room.

Those of us to subscribe to a bit of vibrancy in the home find charm in yellow, a color that symbolizes happiness and warmth. It is a beautiful color for brightening up a room, and at GasLamp, there are many cheery items in yellow to bring joy to your doorstep.  

Product photos by David Wariner. Header photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash.