You might skip something as simple as ‘lemon sorbet’ on a dessert menu, but this soft, pastel yellow shade has just been chosen as Paint of the Year by Benjamin Moore. Praised for both its quiet elegance and its easy universality, lemon sorbet can be manipulated in a variety of ways to bring color to your home. Here’s how:
1. Pair with bright shades to add cheer to a room.
Lemon sorbet is soft enough that it will only bring out the best in a peppier color. Raspberry – or, generally, a deep pink – is a good option, or with slate gray-blue for a serene, sophisticated air.
2. Color as transition.
Since the shade is pale, it looks unusual and classy with dark wooden furniture – think oak, or teak – and might work best in a room that does not get much natural sunlight.
3. Trial and color.
If you’re not sure lemon sorbet is for you, choose a chair or lamp in the shade to test-drive the shade in your home. A cozy yellow chair is a perennial favorite, and the color would work well on an accent wall.
4. Perfect for cooks and kids.
Children’s rooms and nurseries benefit from calming shades on the walls, and such a mild shade of yellow can be a soothing and encouraging presence in the kitchen.
Little blots of color bind a room beautifully, and add coziness. Pale yellow jars, vases and kitchen trays are good ways to integrate lemon sorbet into your home.