ISSUE 24  |  Scandi Midsummer

Trend Alert: 8 Yellow-Painted Floors

June 19, 2014 5:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Is yellow the new black? Lately we’ve been noticing cheery yellow-painted floors that add a jolt of color to otherwise monochromatic rooms.

Above: Alvar Aalto’s sanatorium in Paimio, Finland, designed in 1932, continues to function as a general hospital (and to provide color inspiration to a new generation of architects). Photo via Little Helsinki.

Above: A minimalist Gallerist’s Apartment in New Zealand designed by stylist, designer, and owner of Everyday Needs, Katie Lockhart. Because her client had a lot of artwork to hang, Lockhart decided to focus all of the color on the wood floors, and who opted for bright yellow. She used Le Corbusier’s Polychromie Architecturale to help her select the pinkish color that runs like a baseboard along the skirt of the wall (and continues around the door frames). Photograph by Derek Henderson for Katie Lockhart.

Above: Yellow floors in a Swedish kitchen via Stadshem.

Above: Style spotter Susanne Brandt’s cheerful bedroom; via Bolig Magasinet.

Above: Yellow floors and artwork in Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s own home in Mexico City.

Above L: Constantino Nivola painted the floors of his Long Island house using yellow tractor paint. Photo by Don Freeman for Artists’ Handmade Houses, via Improvised Life. Above R: A floor in Farrow & Ball’s Babouche.

Above: A glossy yellow-painted floor via Ikea’s Livet Hemma.

Above: Auckland, New Zealand, gallerist Michael Lett’s own home features bright yellow floors; photos via Design Studio Blu.

Looking for more color ideas? See our recent post 10 Rooms with Color-Washed Wood, or, if you love yellow, have a look at our Photo Gallery of Yellow rooms.