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Ten sunny interiors that use the color of the year 2023

For our latest lookbook, we curated 10 interiors adorned with Wild Wonder after paint brand Dulux named the pale yellow hue its 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 seek support, connection, inspiration and balance in today’s world, they delve into the wonders of the natural world to find it,” the brand explained.

“Wild Wonder is a positive, natural tone that, by connecting us with the natural world, can help us feel better about our homes.”

The upbeat hue, reminiscent of “fresh pods and harvested grain”, is particularly suited to brighten up living spaces – as seen below in an all-yellow Barcelona duplex and a refurbished 19th-century apartment in Stockholm by Rating Design Studio.

But the color can also be used to lend a warm feel to commercial interiors, from a floating spa to a church-turned-coworking space, where it’s often contrasted with shades of dusty pink or dark red.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring residential atriums, floating staircases, and kitchens with polished granite surfaces.

Photo is by Note Design Studio

Hidden Tints, Sweden, by Note Design Studio

Set in a 19th-century building in Stockholm, this kitchen designed by Swedish firm Note Design Studio is completely covered in buttery yellow paint – covering everything from the walls and moldings to the window frames.

“The color helps to emphasize the splendor of the architectural details,” interior designer Sanna Wåhlin told Dezeen. “In fact, the approach to color in architecture in the past was much braver than what we see today. It deserves its place again!”

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Interiors of Cubitts eyewear store in Belgravia, London, designed by Child Studio with Dulux Color of the Year 2023 Wild Wonder
The photo is by Felix Speller

Cubitts Belgravia, UK, by Child Studio

Child Studio has restored many of the Georgian design features found in this 19th century Belgravian townhouse by turning it into a store for eyewear brand Cubitts.

The London design firm painted its walls in a chalky yellow hue typical of the period and uncovered the original floorboards to create an “intimate, domestic atmosphere”, complete with a cast iron fireplace fitted in the front room.

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Duplex in Sant Gervasi by Arquitectura-G with Dulux Color of the Year 2023 Wild Wonder
The photo is by José Hevia

Duplex in Sant Gervais, Spain, by Arquitectura-G

To make this Barcelona duplex apartment with its convoluted floor plan and shaded living areas feel brighter and more spacious, local practice Arquitectura-G introduced an all-yellow color scheme that runs throughout the house.

It was even chosen for the metal grid used to form shelving in the kitchen, designed to provide storage without blocking sunlight from reaching every corner of the space.

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Checkered yellow floor with the Dulux color of the year 2023 Wild Wonder
The photo is by Mikael Lundblad

Café Banacado, Sweden, by ASKA

Swedish architecture firm ASKA aimed to create a warm and peaceful atmosphere inside this all-day breakfast cafe, using sunny hues on its nostalgic checkerboard floors, storage walls and tables made to measure with integrated cutlery holders.

“In order to create a harmonious environment, we work with subtle layers and tone-on-tone methods,” said ASKA co-founder Madeleine Klingspor. “The same yellow is used on the walls, lamps, tables and floor but in different scales and intensities.”

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Villa Noailles boutique designed by Pierre Yovanovitch
The photo is by Jérôme Galland

Villa Noailles gift shop, France, by Pierre Yovanovitch

When redesigning the boutique at the Villa Noailles art center in Provence, French designer Pierre Yovanovitch created a series of color-block alcoves 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 Geneva by Office
The photo is by Dylan Perrenoud

Origin spa, Switzerland, by Office

Blocks of tiles in pastel tones are superimposed on the different surfaces of this floating spa in Geneva. Color blocking was specifically designed to evoke the vague flecks and flashes of color that can sometimes be seen behind closed eyes after looking at a light source.

The interior was 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 sensation of floating weightlessly in space.

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13 square meter house by Studiomama
The photo is by Rei Moon

13 square meter house, UK, by Studiomama

Bespoke plywood furniture lines this 13-square-metre tiny house set in a former mini-taxi office, which “could be the smallest house in London”, according to architect Studiomama.

As well as providing crucial storage space, light wood elements help create a cohesive interior, while functional areas such as the integrated sliding doors are highlighted in shades of yellow, pink and soft blue.

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Pastel color palette
The photo is by Mikael Lundblad

Salon Maria Nila, Sweden, by ASKA

Undulating shelves of hair products snake around the perimeter of this salon by Swedish hair-care brand Maria Nila in Stockholm to evoke flowing shampoo.

The storage is rendered in pastel color gradients informed by the brand’s packaging, which transitions from slipper pink to a pale coffee color and finally to a faded yellow.

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Imarika store in Milan, designed by Marcante-Testa
The photo is by Carola Ripamonti

Imarika store, Italy, by Marcante-Testa

Another interior that showcases the perfect match between yellow and pink is this boutique in Milan, designed by Italian studio Marcante-Testa.

Here, an understated daffodil color covers the walls, while pink clay has been used to plaster the partitions and rose gold rails support the glass shelves displaying accessories.

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Ruby Street by Francesca de la Fuente and Working Holiday Studio
The photo is by Candida Wohlgemuth

The Ruby Street, USA, by Francesca de la Fuente and Working Holiday Studio

An abstract wall mural by Los Angeles artist Dakota Solt pairs the sky blue, pink, and beige furniture in this workspace with the pale yellow of the paneled walls and rattan pendant lamp.

Called The Ruby Street, the shared office and events space is housed in a former church in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood, whose stained glass windows have been retained and paired with simple, contemporary furnishings.

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This is the last in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring residential atriums, floating staircases, and kitchens with polished granite surfaces.