Ten sunny interiors that make use of the Color of the Year 2023

For our latest lookbook, we’ve curated 10 interiors decked out in Wild Wonder after paint brand Dulux named the pale yellow hue as 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 search for support, connection, inspiration and balance in the world today, they’re diving 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 in our homes.”

The optimism hue, reminiscent of “fresh seed pods and harvest grain”, is particularly suited to brightening up living spaces – as seen below in an all-yellow Barcelona duplex and a renovated 19th-century apartment in Stockholm by Note Design Studio.

But the color can also be used to give a homely feel to commercial interiors, from a floating spa to a church-turned-coworking space, where it is often contrasted against shades of dusty pink or deep red.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing 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 envisioned by Swedish practice Note Design Studio is entirely enveloped in buttery yellow paint – covering everything from the walls and moldings to the window frames.

“Colour helps to emphasizee the splendour in the detailing of the architecture,” interior architect Sanna Wåhlin told Dezeen. “In fact, the approach to color in architecture in the old days was much braver than we see today. It deserves its place again!”

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Interiors of Cubitts eyewear shop in Belgravia, London designed by Child Studio featuring Dulux Color of the year 2023 Wild Wonder
Photo is by Felix Speller

Cubitts Belgravia, UK, by Child Studio

Child Studio reinstated many of the Georgian design features found in this 19th-century Belgravian townhouse when turning it into a shop for eyewear brand Cubitts.

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

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Duplex in Sant Gervasi by Arquitectura-G featuring Dulux Color of the year 2023 Wild Wonder
Photo is by Jose Hevia

Duplex in Sant Gervais, Spain, by Arquitectura-G

To make this duplex apartment in Barcelona with its convoluted floor plan and shadowy living spaces feel more bright and spacious, local practice Arquitectura-G introduced an all-yellow color scheme that features throughout the home.

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

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Checkered yellow floor in featuring Dulux Color of the year 2023 Wild Wonder
Photo is by Mikael Lundblad

Cafe 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 across its nostalgic checkerboard floors, storage walls and custom-made tables with integrated cutlery holders.

“In order to create an environment that feels harmonious, we work with subtle layering and tone-in-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 intensity.”

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Villa Noailles shop designed by Pierre Yovanovitch
Photo is by Jérôme Galland

Villa Noailles gift shop, France, by Pierre Yovanovitch

When overhauling the gift shop of the Villa Noailles arts center in Provence, French designer Pierre Yovanovitch created a series of colour-block alcoves to “dramatise” the presentation of the products on offer.

The mellow yellow backdrop of these wall niches stands in stark contrast to the salmon-pink walls and cobalt blue trims, nodding to the villa’s “cubist” garden designed by Armenian architect Gabriel Guevrekian.

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Origin Spa Geneva by Bureau
Photo is by Dylan Perrenoud

Origin spa, Switzerland, by Bureau

Blocks of pastel-toned tiles overlap across the different surfaces of this float spa in Geneva. The color-blocking was specifically designed to evoke the vague spots 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 feeling of floating weightlessly in space.

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13 Square Meter House By Studiomama
Photo is by Rei Moon

13 Square Meter House, UK, by Studiomama

Custom-made plywood furniture fringes this tiny 13-square-meter home set in a former mini cab office, which “might be London’s smallest house,” according to architect Studiomama.

Beyond providing crucial storage, the light wooden elements help to create a cohesive interior, while functional zones such as integrated sliding doors are highlighted in swatches of soft yellow, pink and blue.

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Pastel color palette
Photo is by Mikael Lundblad

Maria Nila salon, Sweden, by ASKA

Undulating shelves of hair products wind their way around the perimeter of this salon by Swedish haircare brand Maria Nila in Stockholm to evoke dripping shampoo.

The storage is rendered in pastel gradient colors informed by the brand’s packaging, which fade from ballet-slipper pink to a pale coffee color and finally a washed-out yellow.

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

Imarika boutique, 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 was used to render partitions and rose-gold rails hold up the glass shelves displaying accessories.

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Ruby Street by Francesca de la Fuente and Working Holiday Studio
Photo is by Cándida Wohlgemuth

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

An abstract wall mural by Los Angeles artist Dakota Solt ties together the baby blue, pink and tan furnishings in this co-working space with the pale yellow of the wood-panelled walls and the rattan pendant light.

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

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

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