Yellow represents happiness and freedom, Varney writes. "A yellow headboard, ceiling color and even a lamp shade open a room to rays of sun when they cast their warm glow." In his nautically inspired Palm Beach bedroom, with 5-inch wide painted striped walls, Varney uses "a sunshine yellow so I can lie in bed and look up at the brightness." A yellow upholstered chair and pineapple lamp coordinate with the ceiling. The contrast between stripes and florals, a white-painted antique chair and a midcentury wire chair by Harry Bertoia makes the traditional room look more modern.
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