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Kids room with a soft lemon wall

If you’re looking to make a room feel brighter, forget conventional emulsion wall paints and neutral tones and start thinking about lemon yellows instead. A sunshine-enriched paint colour is perfect for bringing essential energy to those interior walls. 

Perfect for painting kitchens, breakfast rooms and dining spaces, it’s hard to go wrong with a lemon colour palette. However, you can use this softer take on intense yellow in just about any space. If you’re living areas or bedrooms don’t receive much sun during the day, a fresh coat of lemon hues will bring much-needed warmth. 

You can use the same colour on every surface or experiment with complementary shades like warm off-white shades or velvety creams. At Johnstone’s, we stock an eye-catching selection of lemon paint colours. Why not add a tester pot or two to your basket and opt for next day delivery so you can start experimenting with a new colour scheme? 

Seven Stunning Lemon Paint Colours

Looking for some inspiration before you start decorating with lemon yellow? We’ve singled out some of the finest lemon shades in our range to give you an idea of what this illuminating colour family can do for your interiors. 

If you’re worried that lemon yellow is going to overwhelm your space, keep things simple with a more muted shade instead. Lemon Daze is a good choice if you’re already sold on the idea of pastels. It’s a fairly light take on lemon yellow, but it’s rich and luxurious, making it perfect for transforming a lounge or dining room into an inviting space. 

As it’s strong enough to stand on its own, you can use this lemon shade to paint every wall. However, it also works well alongside other pastels and classic neutrals. Use a sympathetic off-white to paint your ceiling and room trims. Thinking about furniture? Everything from high-gloss white to rich mahogany makes a good pairing with this paint colour. 

Thinking about a lighter take on yellow to breathe new life into your interiors? A muted hue like Lemon Pepper is a good choice. Although it’s a fairly subdued shade, this paint colour has a glowing quality that makes it particularly warm and inviting. What’s more, with green undertones, you have plenty of options for incorporating secondary colours and room accents. 

You can use this paint shade on its own, but it works incredibly well alongside all manner of complementary colours. For a tried and tested decor scheme, stick with crisp white. However, earthy tones and mushroom colours are also suitable pairings. 

If you’re not afraid of injecting more colour into your space, think about reaching for a more intense take on lemon. Fresh Lemonade is one of the more vibrant lemon yellow paint colours in our directory. It’s rich and inviting, with plenty of pigment that will reinvigorate a room that’s been neglected for far too long. It’s also a fairly complex colour, with green undertones giving you a lot of options when it comes to introducing secondary shades into the mix.

Considering using this for a smaller space? If you think this paint colour might be a little too much for a smaller layout, think about using it for a feature wall. It’ll pair nicely with more muted yellows and sunshine-infused shades. If you need to dial things back considerably, balance it out with a tarnished yellow or mustard-inspired paint colour instead.

Although many people reach for lemon to decorate kitchens and dining spaces, it can also be used effectively elsewhere in the home. While blue and greens are considered traditional bedroom colours, lemon can make a luxurious addition to any sleep sanctuary. Light Butter is a fine choice for any bedroom makeover or living room reshuffle. This sunflower-inspired shade has an eye-catching colour profile that will come into its own on bright mornings. 

As with other lemon yellows in our collection, this paint colour can be used alongside all manner of other shades. You can play around with more intense yellows if you’re considering a tonal interior, or experiment with pink-infused pastels instead. For a more classic colour scheme, stick to off-whites or earthy tones. 

Lemon yellows can make an effective choice for a more contemporary interior. If you’re searching for a shade that will make an impact alongside modern monochromes, think about using Citrus Punch. With its sunflower tint, this rich lemon hue makes an instant impression. It’s packed with personality, but won’t distract from other colours you’ve selected for your interior makeovers. 

In a smaller space, this colour can be used liberally. However, it also works incredibly well alongside other yellows in a larger layout. Think about pairing it with mustard-infused shades if you’re keen to balance out that sunny intensity. Of course, you can stick to the classics and pair it with off-white and neutrals as well. 

If you’re not a huge fan of citrus shades, you don’t have to write off lemon yellow altogether. A colour like Retriever is a stylish compromise for those who want to brighten up their interiors. This peachy paint colour is ideal for more subdued interiors, although there’s an unmistakable hint of lemon that will brighten up even the dreariest of rooms. 

Thanks to its peachy profile, you enjoy far more options when it comes to selecting complementary colours. You can of course reach for other lemon yellows when putting together the perfect palette, or think about upping the ante with luxurious jewel tones instead. 

Thinking about a barely-there lemon yellow instead? Shiny Silk is something you should be seriously considering. This sun-kissed yellow has a delicate hint of lemon, making it a fine choice as an all-wall colour. Because it’s fairly restrained, you can use it liberally, without the pigment overloading your space. 

Despite being a more muted lemon, you can play around with a whole host of accent colours. It works well with shades with umber undertones, but shades of green will also make a welcome addition to your interiors. 

Where Do Lemon Paint Colours Work Best?

As with standard yellow paint colours, lemon shades work incredibly well in east-facing rooms. When the morning light hits a lemon-coated wall, your spaces will feel brighter and more inviting. This makes lemon paint colours an obvious choice for breakfast rooms and kitchens. 

However, lemon can be used equally well throughout the home. It’s a great choice for living spaces and dining rooms. A richer, more intense lemon will bring essential warmth to these interiors. You can amplify the ambience by playing around with lighting. Warm white bulbs are particularly effective at enriching the qualities of lemon paint. 

Whenever you’re using yellow, make sure you’re thinking about the finishing touches to your space to make the best of this colour family. Turn to your soft furnishings to enhance the appeal of a lemon-infused space. Colour match with scatter cushions, textiles and decorative objects to bring everything together. 

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