Design New England

Not-so-mellow yellow


“Caution Metal Edges Yellow” metal bins.

Staggering around the Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show in the mid-day sun last week, I was sure the flashes of color that swam before my eyes meant the beginnings of heat stroke. Upon closer inspection, and after a friendly chat with the dealer, I discovered that, a) I was still conscious and, b) the color I spotted was a searing shade called “sulfur yellow,” which gets its name from the chemical element most recognizable in its yellow crystal form. Now, I am seeing it everywhere — and I am hooked. And I realized that it is a tone I often turn to first when deciding on a color for the logo on Design New England‘s covers — 100 percent yellow with just a touch of cyan. Though it rarely makes it to press, its electric quality sparks my creative juices. (I also have a tendency to express my devotion to a color by painting my toenails in the favorite hue of the moment, though I have yet to bare any sulfur-shaded piggies this summer!)


I gathered some images from our Brimfield visit and from my wanderings around the web that I hope will ignite your color curiosity and perhaps prompt you to share your sulfur yellow finds — from home accents to fashion statements to mani-pedi leaps of faith. Send a picture to us at [email protected] and we’ll post it on our Facebook page at the end of this week!


“Sulfur Yellow” metal cabinet from Everything Vintage Co. of Toano, Virginia.


The sulfur yellow initial stands out in a display of assorted metal letters from Everything Vintage.


“Nuclear Lemon Yellow” plate set, from the West Palm Beach, Florida, dealers at Brimfield.



A set of wooden chairs painted “Sunny-Side Up Yellow.”

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Eric Roth

“Sun-spots Yellow” terrace seating from the 2011 Museums of Old York Show House in the current issue of Design New England (Double Duty).


Jonathan Adler created a sink in Piccadilly Yellow for Kohler.


A quick and easy way to add an acidic yellow to your life — cut flowers.

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