vintage bar stools flower power yellowAnnouncing our Color of the Year 2015: Flower Power Yellow. No other color-of-the-year organization (they are all “self proclaimed” … this is all marketing fleww flawf) would follow Harvest Gold as a color of the year with Flower Power Yellow as a color of the year. That would be  too [yellow] peas in a pod. But, I prefer to flout all “rules.” Indeed, I made this choice on a whimsy: The moment I saw the fabulous vintage bar stools in Retro Genie’s shop, I was entranced — oh beauteous yellow pleather! So Flower Power Yellow it is, for our 2015 spotlight. Ish. Because we may throw other, similar yellows — especially acid yellow muted down a tad — into our Peace-Luv-mix. And anyway, this is all just for fun — we love most all colors (nix Greige, on principal).

yellow kitchenAbove: A bus-stop yellow GE Wonder Kitchen in a gorgeous 1960 time capsule house just outside New York City. The person who decorated this entire house was immensely talented. In this room, she or he recognized that this much yellow, this saturated, would look great if treated graphically — hence the chevron wallpaper and draperies (?). Haha LOL not: I swore to never show chevrons on this blog — because they have been soooooo overdone in the mainstream design world today and moreover, because I think they’ve been poorly done — the scale is too large. But here, done in 1960: Yes!

1967-dramatic-yellow-white-black-bedroomAbove: Yes — flower power yellow is GRAPHIC. From a 1967 brochure in my personal collection. Flower power yellow may not be an “easy” color to work with, but to be sure, used deftly, it can have an amazing impact.

bedroom-american-hustleThumbnail at left: I loved the interiors in the movie American Hustle. But, the photo-use rules said that I could use the photography except to promote the movie. So here’s an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini thumbnail photo of character Sydney’s amazing acid yellow tone-on-tone bedroom. Jump my story about all the interiors in American Hustle to see fabulous Hollywood designer Judy Becker’s take on this color. Note: JeLa’s bedroom is rich with gold. Oh, the interior design in this movie!

american pie needlepoint pillow

Above: I must have needlepointed this in about 1975 or 1976. Hehe, bicentennial chic.


Above: Winnebago is calling the yellow in their 1966 revival model crimson-n-clover.


Above: Want just a dash of retro sunshine for your kitchen? Buy a bottle of Jubilee (affiliate link) back on the market in 2013.

david-hicks-living-room-neutralAbove: David Hicks — one of the masters — knew how to bring the sunshine indoors. His rooms are masterpieces of design.  Photo used with permission of The Estate of David Hicks.

retro-mod-bedroomAbove: Flower power yellow plays nicely within a bittersweet orange-melon-and-light olive palette in this 1975 time capsule house. I LOVE the matchy-matchy-matchy bedspreads+ wallpaper + pinch pleats — and is the drawer front done up, too, or is it mirrored? Oh and: Orange carpet!

modern-green-palm-springs-houseAbove: The Palm Springs time capsule condo that reader Rebecca discovered, photographed, and shared. Oooooooh, this was probably in my head when I wallpapered my office…

vintage-wallpaper-crazy-quilt-35Oh, yeah, I painted the cubbies flower power yellow.

yellow bedroomJackie and Todd’s Shaggin’ Chalet has lots of flower power yellow inside — and out.
1960s-drexel-mod-bedroom-setAbove: Drexel “Plus One” furniture, circa 1970 — one of my all-time favorites. I was age 11 in 1970 — and color of this ilk are my very favorite. Peace, out!

What do you think, dear readers, of our 2015 Color of the Year?
Have you successfully integrated this color in your house — how?

Our Colors of the Year past:

  1. Lizzy says:

    omg! Granny painted the most of inside of the plantation house screaming yellow in… 1970? With lots of Lilly Pulitzer fabric, the original amazing stuff. And antique furniture in an 1815 house. And it works. Still. My father just had big parts of it repainted – the same color. So you don’t need all museum like period pieces match match to do this, just a good decorator. Lots of really old houses have layers of design trends. At our house though, there’s plenty of sun streaming in and big windows onto green. And that hideous yellow works so well!

  2. Margie C. says:

    The May 2014 issue of Traditional Home magazine, page 30, has an article about this kind of yellow, showing fabric swatches, paints, and decorative items in the color.

  3. Zann Gates says:

    Yessssss!!! I’ve been obsessed with screaming lemon yellow lately. Our Eichler is currently shades of sage and grey (going to change the sage to something deeper next year.) Cue screaming lemon yellow front door and panels to come! And, I have yellow touches throughout the house. 🙂

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