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All About The Color YELLOW

All About The Color YELLOW

Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness.

Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future.

Yellow will advance from surrounding colors and instill optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts. [Read more…]

Homeowners Association Asked About Neighbors Outraged Over Yellow

Homeowners Association Goal: Help Homeowners Stand Out While Still Fitting In

This is sound advice for painting the exterior of any home and a good thing to keep in mind as you express yourself with color and style.  Having a home with a striking exterior can be both an asset and source of pride for its owners.  Having a home that stands out like a sore thumb on the other hand can cause a rift with your neighbors and can reduce the value of your home when you decide to sell.

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This exterior color sidesteps garish yellow tones, bringing it into the warmer, friendlier range.
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A clashing or bold exterior paint color can become an issue that impacts an entire community and I have often been called in to give a professional opinion to help resolve an issue. In this case I was asked me for some assistance with to a color dilemma that had some outraged over their neighbors choice of color for their home.

Ours is a planned community, and people have recently started painting their houses.  I think it’s fantastic – instead of 83 houses the same shade of dull off white, there are some darker greens, burnt oranges, lighter and darker blues.  Maybe 5 or 6 of the houses in the neighborhood have been painted different colors.

Recently one home (unfortunately, near the entrance to the neighborhood, where everyone could see it) was painted bright yellow.  Outraged residents immediately started posting on our neighborhood website that it was “highlighter yellow”, and all our property values would go down.

I believe that the only reason it stands out so much is because so many of the surrounding houses have the builder’s beige or off white paint that was applied by the developer en masse 7 years ago.

So the question is, how to deal with these people who feel so emotional about the color of other people’s homes. Is there any way to help them alleviate their fear that their investment in their home is threatened by the change in color?

Here’s what I suggested to help the Homeowners Association calm the color and the community

You have already hit upon the primary reason that this color created such a negative reaction in your situation.  It is not simply the color that people are responding to, since some studies show that people respond positively to homes painted yellow and that they sell faster on average than any other color.  In this case, it is that the yellow home seems out of sync in a neighborhood of mostly beige and white homes.

Many times a color that would be admired in one setting may be unwelcome in another.  If all the homes in your neighborhood were painted in dramatic colors, then the bright yellow home probably would not have caused a stir.  Since it is currently only one of a very few homes that are different, it would stand out regardless of the color.  However, the fact that it is painted a bright color calls even more attention to this fact.

It does seem likely that a fair number of others in the community will choose to move away from the original color schemes and add color to their homes based on what you are seeing already.  As more and more homeowners paint their properties this home will not stand out quite so much.  While the bright yellow may never blend in it will stand out less among homes that are a variety of colors than it currently does among its white and beige counterparts.

I agree that having the homes painted in a variety of colors is much more appealing than the limited palettes most builders use when building home today.  Just about any color can work in any community but what it comes down to is finding a version of the color that blends with the neighborhood or stands out in a subtle, unobtrusive manner.  As the owners of this home are finding out trying to make a bold, personal statement with a color that clashes with the homes around it may not be well received.

With many people voicing their negative opinion of the color choice after the review committee approved it, the homeowners association may react by attempting to restrict colors or limiting choices in the future in some way.  While this may appease those concerned in the short-term it could serve to insure that this house remains out of sync with the neighborhood. So any direction set by the homeowners association should be done with the guidance of someone that has knowledge of how to assess the entire community, not just a single home, for the overall best impact of particular color or color combinations.

In the meantime, if a homeowner wants to lessen the impact of a particular home in their neighborhood when it comes time to sell, then I can suggest a couple of things that they might do.  First inform their real estate agent of their concern and ask that prospective buyers be directed to their home by a route that avoids a direct view of the home to lessen the impact of a strong color.  Since the home in is near the entrance to your community this might not be possible.

For homeowners bordering the property they could plant a tree or trees with dense foliage to break the visual field up thus reducing the effect of a large area of bright color.  One tree or a small grouping of trees can be enough to give the viewer a different impression of the color.

Another thing to note is that our reaction to color is very personal and occurs both consciously and unconsciously, so if someone truly dislikes the color it is unlikely that you will change their mind.  But know that even when someone strongly dislikes a color that over time as they view it they will have less of a negative reaction.

It seems that a bit of time and distance are the only suggestions I can offer to you. I wish there was some magic answer I could provide since you care enough to take an active role in your community.  I hope what I have shared can in some way help you maintain harmony among your neighbors.

How not to outrage your neighbors with your color choice

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Yellow Color Palette

Yellow Color Palette

Words That Describe Yellow

Yellow: Hope, cheerful, happiness, optimism, sunny, joy

Meaning Of The Color Yellow

Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment and happiness. Beams of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future. Yellow instills energy, open communication and can spark creative thoughts.

Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green

Blue and Yellow Don't Make GreenMichael Wilcox is the specialist publishers of books, courses, workbooks, videos and CDs covering all aspects of colour mixing and use, artist’s paints, pigments and painting techniques. With sales of more than 400,000 copies, this has become the standard reference book in its field. The only book ever published which explains what happens when colours are combined and how to mix them quickly, accurately and without waste.

For more than 200 years the world has accepted that red, yellow and blue – the artists’ primaries – give new colours when mixed. And for more than 200 years artists have been struggling to mix colours on this basis. This book has changed the way that artists and all who use colour think about colour mixing.

By unravelling the many ambiguities and myths inherent in the established way of working, Michael Wilcox has transformed colour mixing from a haphazard affair into a thinking process.

ISBN: 0967962870
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Sprint Goes For Yellow

Sprint Goes For YellowThink yellow and what comes to mind? Sunshine? Yes. Lemons? Sure. Flowers? Yup. Cell phone service? Huh? Okay, well maybe not, but Sprint would like to change that.

Sprint has claimed yellow as the color they think will allow their brand to stand out in the crowded telecommunications space and they are working hard so that when you think “yellow” you think “Sprint”.

In a series of TV ads beginning in January for the wireless communications company, the screen is an attention getting rectangle of bright yellow. So move over red, make way orange, you too fuschia…yellow is elbowing its way into the party.

Will Sprint win a trademark for yellow? Only time and lots of marketing dollars will tell.

A Naturally Beautiful Color Scheme Pink Yellow Orange

Early last summer I discovered the most gorgeous roses while driving through Georgetown.  While I was writing about the color combination of pink and yellow-orange these beautiful blossoms came back to mind.

color scheme yellow orange

They have a color scheme similar to the Veuve Cliquot Rose Ice Dress but with very clear yellows and oranges along with pink rather than just yellow-orange.  Mother Nature put together a spectacular color scheme pink yellow orange – that is a perfect example for learning how to create your own color palette by copying from the nature. [Read more…]

Veuve Clicquot Yellow (or Is It Orange?)

New Year’s Eve is more than just a time for celebrating.  It is a time for reflecting on the past, and looking forward to the coming year.  A time to to take stock of where we are and maybe more importantly where we’d like to be in the future.

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Of course being somewhere other than where we are now means moving into action and often making changes.  However, for most of us making those changes takes a great deal of resolve, which often begins with the small step of setting our intention as a ‘New Year’s resolution’.

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

This morning I have been reflecting on how, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, I might find myself a better (wo)man in this year.  To help me keep my resolutions top-of-mind throughout the year I decided to associate each with a different hue.  Thinking about making changes seems much more fun when it’s color coded, doesn’t it?

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Origin Of The Word: Yellow

yellow350x350Yellow. The word used to describe everything from sunshine to jaundice is one of the oldest color words used in the English language. The word has its roots in Proto-Indo-European, a now-defunct language believed to be the ancestor to a smorgasbord of modern tongues, like Afghan, English, Iranian and Greek. However, there’s no written evidence of the language. Etymologists, experts who study word origins, used detective work worthy of Sherlock Holmes to determine the original Proto-Indo-European word was ghelwo. From its ancient origins, the word entered Proto-Germanic, another extinct language for which there are no written records. Etymologists speculate the word for yellow was gelwaz. Proto-Germanic gave birth to even more languages, such as Old English, Middle Dutch and Old High German. It was through Old English, the tongue of the Anglo-Saxons, that experts find evidence the word for yellow had become geolu or geolwe. In fact, the oldest written use of the Anglo-Saxon word is found in the epic poem Beowulf, which was penned in Old English sometime between the 8th and 11th century. The unknown author used it to describe a shield carved from yew wood. So the next time you say the word yellow, consider that you’re using to a word with origins that go back at least a thousand years—and likely much further than that.

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The Yellow Journalism Wars

 The Yellow Journalism WarsToday “yellow journalism” means irresponsible, exaggerated, lurid, and even slanderous reporting, a definition that hasn’t strayed far from the original meaning.

The term “yellow journalism” has an original and unique origin. This phrase has lately been replaced by terms such as “tabloid reporting” and “infotainment” since broadcast, cable, and internet news sources have become more viewed than newspapers. Still, yellow journalism is considered a very derogatory term.

Yellow journalism stems from the late 1800s through the early 1900s when two newspaper owners tried to outdo each other with their front page spreads, all in pursuit of the highest circulation total. In those days, all news came from the newspaper, since there was no other way of getting such information. If a journalist decided to stretch the truth a bit, there was no one to dispute his facts. In this fertile soil sprouted yellow journalism.

Two Yellow Rivals

 The Yellow Journalism WarsJoseph Pulitzer, the award namesake, owned a newspaper called New York World and was the first to use sensational journalism tactics to stretch the truth and wow his readers. For example, during a heat wave in Manhattan that killed many, he used headlines such as “How Babies are Baked” to get more readers.

William Randolph Hearst owned the San Francisco Examiner and didn’t like to be second-best. Pulitzer’s paper had the highest circulation of any newspaper in the country. After making his west coast paper a success, Hearst purchased the New York Journal and paid enormous salaries to his journalists in an attempt to steal Pulitzer’s top writers.

The two newspapers battled back and forth, but somehow, Pulitzer remained on top, much to the dismay of Hearst. The fighting peaked in the prelude to the Spanish-American War, when the papers printed huge, outrageous headlines designed to stir up support for war. That the headlines may not have been accurate didn’t seem to bother either publisher.

Other newspaper publishers and editors hated such tactics in the name of increasing readership and one, Edwin Lawrence Godkin, called the World and Journal “yellow-journals.” Yellow has long been used as a reference to cowardice, which is perhaps why Godkin chose that reference. Yellow journalism might infer that the publishers were cowards for choosing the easy way to gain new readers by inflaming them with sensationalized news, rather than proper, respectable reporting.

The actual color yellow may also have a part in the phrase, because the warring papers both added yellow to their front pages during those years.

Yellow Cartoons

Pulitzer’s paper was the first to run “The Yellow Kid” comic series. This comic used yellow ink to highlight the hero’s nightshirt. Hearst lured away the comic’s creator to pen the same cartoon for his paper, so Pulitzer hired another comic to continue the strip. Both newspapers now had “The Yellow Kid” comic in their papers. So when Godkin accused the two of yellow journalism, it may have at least partially stemmed from the yellow ink in the famous dueling cartoons.

Regardless of the true reason behind Godkin’s coining of the phrase, one thing is certain: no reliable newspaper would ever want to be accused of yellow journalism.

The True Story Behind The Yellow Pencil Meaning

Pencils Yellow Goes Giant On This Office Supply Store

Pencils are made of wood filled with graphite. During the 1800s, the best graphite in the world came from China. American pencil makers wanted a special way to tell people that their pencils contained high quality Chinese graphite. This is when and why the yellow pencil meaning began. [Read more…]