These Are the 12 Best Yellow Paint Colors For a Big Pop of Color

Yellow Paint Colors

Veronica Rodriguez

Pulling the trigger on a paint color is never easy—even when picking white shades—so imagine the agony that comes with picking a bright paint color like yellow. That said, we've seen enough bright yellow kitchens in our days to know that, if executed correctly, it's a fabulous paint color that brings happiness and sunshine into your home like no other.

  • Color Family: Yellows
  • Complementary Colors: Purple
  • Pairs Well With: Gray, pink, or navy blue
  • Mood: Cheerful, optimistic, and sunny
  • Where to Use: Kitchen cabinets, front doors

When it comes to inspiration, think of mustard, marigold, or golden wheat fields in the summer sunshine. Convinced you need a dose of yellow in your life? We've found the 12 hottest yellow paint colors from dark to light.

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Benjamin Moore Golden Retriever

Benjamin Moore - Golden Retriever

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Benjamn Moore Golden Retriever $37

If you're in the market for an earthy darker yellow, opt for Benjamin Moore's Golden Retriever. It's a golden brown shade inspired by man's best friend.

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Behr Marquee Life Is Good

Behr - Life is Good

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Behr Marquee Life Is Good $46

Pair Behr Marquee's Life Is Good, a darker marigold shade, with a light eraser pink and a soft, almost white greige. We suggest it for smaller spaces.

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Dutch Boy Autumn Hue

Dutch Boy - Autumn Hue

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Dutch Boy Autumn Hue $39

Speaking of marigold, Dutch Boy is on the bandwagon, too, with its Autumn Hue. This golden shade is reminiscent of fall leaves or our favorite golden milk latte.

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PPG Paints Brass Mesh

PPG Paints - Brass Mesh

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PPG Paints Brass Mesh $25

PPG Paint's Brass Mesh is a bright citrus with a mustard-yellow undertone that the brand likes to pair with a gray lilac. Try it in your dining room for a major pop of color.

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Farrow & Ball Babouche

Farrow & Ball - Babouche

 Katie Martinez Design

Farrow & Ball Babouche $99

Farrow & Ball's Babouche is a vibrant yellow hue. It's named after the leather Moroccan slippers. This color is perfect for brightening up a bathroom with a sunny vanity.

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Sherwin-Williams Forsythia

Sherwin Williams - Forsythia

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Sherwin-Williams Forsythia $24

Sherwin-Williams's Forsythia is a bright yellow that's begging to be painted on your front door. Or, if you're really going for a pop in the kitchen, you can try it on your cabinet doors.

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Sherwin-Williams Honey Bees

Sherwin Williams - Honey Bee

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Sherwin-Williams Honey Bees $24

Sherwin-Williams's Honey Bees is a slightly more muted tone that would be precious in a children's room.

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Portola Paints Yellow Queen

Portola Paints Yellow Queen $10

Portola Paints's Yellow Queen is a sunny, light hue. Try it in a laundry room to add some cheer to a totally mundane chore.

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Kilz Walnut Cream

Kilz - Walnut Cream

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Kilz Walnut Cream $20

Kilz's best-selling yellow paint color is the sandstone shade Walnut Cream. It's a safe bet if you're looking for a lighter hue that can be used throughout the home.

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Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow

Benjamin Moore - Hawthorne Yellow

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Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow
Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow $43

Benjamin Moore's Hawthorne Yellow has a historic flair—just picture it in a Victorian home. But this shade with a slight gray undertone looks just as regal in your modern space.

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Magnolia Heirloom Yellow

Magnolia - Heriloom Yellow


magnolia Heirloom Yellow
Magnolia Heirloom Yellow $45

How about a yellow with a slight green undertone? Magnolia's Heirloom Yellow really pops on walls when paired with white trim.

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Behr Yellow Groove

Sherwin Williams Yellow Groove


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Behr Yellow Groove $32

Behr's Yellow Groove is a bright mustard yellow that adds a playful feel to your space.

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