For our latest lookbook, we’ve selected 10 interiors decked out in Wild Wonder, after paint brand Dulux named the light yellow shade as the color of the year for 2023.
Dulux describes Wild Wonder as a “soft gold with hints of green” that speaks to people’s desire for a closer connection to nature and better mental health in light of the recent period of upheaval.
“As people search for support, connection, inspiration and balance in today’s world, they delve into the wonders of nature to find it,” explained the brand.
“Wild Wonder is a positive, natural tone that, by connecting us with the natural world, can help us feel better in our homes.”
The upbeat hue, reminiscent of “fresh seed pods and harvest grains,” is particularly well-suited to brightening homes—as seen below in an all-yellow Barcelona duplex and a renovated 19th-century apartment in Stockholm by Note Design Studio.
But the color can also be used to give a homely touch to commercial interiors, from a floating spa to a church-turned-coworking space, where it often contrasts with shades of dusty pink or deep red.
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks, providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, see past lookbooks showing residential atriums, floating staircases and kitchens with polished granite surfaces.
Hidden Tints, Sweden, by Note Design Studio
Located in a 19th-century building in Stockholm, this kitchen, as imagined by Swedish practice Note Design Studio, is swathed in butter yellow paint – covering everything from the walls and moldings to the window frames.
“Colours help to emphasize the magnificence of the detailing of the architecture,” interior designer Sanna Wåhlin tells Dezeen. “In fact, the approach to color in architecture in the old days was much bolder than we see today. It deserves its place again!”
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Cubitts Belgravia, UK, by Child Studio
Child Studio reinstated many of the Georgian design features found in this 19th-century Belgravian townhouse when it converted it into a store for eyewear brand Cubitts.
The London design firm painted its walls in a chalky yellow shade typical of the period and uncovered the original floorboards to create an “intimate and homely atmosphere”, complete with a cast-iron fireplace installed in the front room.
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Duplex in Sant Gervais, Spain, by Arquitectura-G
To make this Barcelona duplex apartment, with its intricate floor plan and shaded living areas, feel more bright and spacious, local practice Arquitectura-G introduced an all-yellow color scheme that carries throughout the home.
It was even chosen for the metal grid used to form shelves in the kitchen, which was designed to provide storage without preventing sunlight from reaching every corner of the room.
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Cafe Banacado, Sweden, by ASKA
Swedish architecture firm ASKA aimed to create a warm and peaceful atmosphere inside this all-day breakfast café by using sunny hues across its nostalgic checkerboard floors, storage walls and custom-made tables with integrated cutlery holders.
“To create an environment that feels harmonious, we work with subtle layering and tone-on-tone methods,” said ASKA co-founder Madeleine Klingspor. “The same yellow is used on walls, lamps, tables and floors, but in different scales and intensity.”
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Villa Noailles Gift Shop, France, by Pierre Yovanovitch
When French designer Pierre Yovanovitch reviewed the gift shop at the Villa Noailles art center in Provence, he created a series of color block cabinets to “dramatize” the presentation of the products on offer.
The soft yellow background of these wall niches contrasts sharply with the salmon pink walls and cobalt blue trim, nodding to the villa’s “cubist” garden designed by Armenian architect Gabriel Guevrekian.
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Origin spa, Switzerland, by Bureau
Blocks of pastel-colored tiles overlap across the different surfaces of this floating spa in Geneva. The color blocking is specially designed to evoke the faint spots and flashes of color that can sometimes be seen behind closed eyes after looking at a light source.
The interior is designed to reflect the visuals that guests experience in the spa’s sensory deprivation tanks, which are filled with warm salt water but completely devoid of light to create the feeling of floating weightlessly in space.
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13 square meter house, UK, by Studiomama
Bespoke plywood furniture surrounds this tiny 13-square-metre home in a former mini-cubicle office, which “may be London’s smallest house,” according to architect Studiomama.
As well as providing essential storage, the light wood elements help to create a cohesive interior, while functional zones such as integrated sliding doors are highlighted in soft yellow, pink and blue color swatches.
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Maria Nila salon, Sweden, by ASKA
Undulating shelves of hair products wind around this salon of Swedish haircare brand Maria Nila in Stockholm to evoke dripping shampoo.
The storage is rendered in pastel colors informed by the brand’s packaging, which fades from ballet slipper pink to a pale coffee color and finally a washed-out yellow.
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Imarika boutique, Italy, by Marcante-Testa
Another interior that shows the perfect match between yellow and pink is this store in Milan, designed by the Italian studio Marcante-Testa.
Here, a discreet daffodil color covers the walls, while pink clay was used to create partitions, and rose gold rails hold up the glass shelves with accessories.
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The Ruby Street, USA, by Francesca de la Fuente and Working Holiday Studio
An abstract mural by Los Angeles artist Dakota Solt ties together the baby blue, pink, and tan furniture in this co-working space with the pale yellow of the wood-paneled walls and rattan pendant.
Called The Ruby Street, the shared office and event space is housed in a former church in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood, whose stained-glass windows were retained and paired with simple, modern furnishings.
Find out more about The Ruby Street ›
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks provides curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, see past lookbooks showing residential atriums, floating staircases and kitchens with polished granite surfaces.