The color Sunflower is most noticeable in the petals of the Sunflower plant, which gets its name from its likeness to the sun. Sunflower is used in logo design to create a feeling of optimism and practicality, like in the Shell Fuels logo. The color Sunflower has also expanded into book cover design with books like Will Smith’s using it as the dominant color.
How the color is made: Sunflower is made by blending Light Yellow with Pure Yellow to create a cheerful, bright color.
History: Though Sunflower Yellow is a cheery color, its roots are a little sinister when you consider that it was traditionally a color associated with dissidence and treachery. There was even an execution chair in Alabama that was painted Sunflower Yellow.
Color in Action
Sunflower is a popular color for fashionistas and celebrities. It works well with outfits that have black as the main or accent color—think of Lou’s bumblebee tights in the movie “Me Before You,” based on Jojo Moyes’ book.
Sunflower is a great color for children’s playrooms or kitchens because of its jovial mood. It can however be overstimulating when used in excess in interiors, so it is best used as an accent color to add a pop of interest.
Colors that go with Sunflower
Some hues that go well with Sunflower Yellow include Deep Blues, Greens, Plums, and Browns because they bring out its brilliance. Cooler metallic colors like Silver can contrast nicely with Sunflower.
Sunflower Color Palettes and Schemes
Other Yellow-based colors like Maize, Lemon Yellow, and Mango will create a pleasing monochromatic palette that can work well in movies to create a romantic feel—think of Belle’s dress in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
Backgrounds and Seamless Patterns
Sunflower print wallpaper would show off this Yellow color the best, but it can dominate a space if used too much, so why not try a diamond pattern in Sunflower and White?