Seeking Shades of Citron in the Most Unexpected Places

How this year's It Color will inspire a recharge.

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The color most visible at great distances, yellow attracts all the attention without needing any of the high drama. A neon citrus shade looks sharp against softer neutrals, while a warm, sunny hue instantly creates those California vibes we’ve been craving through the winter. “Nothing says sun-drenched vacation like yellow,” says Jonathan Adler, who designed the desert oasis Parker Palm Springs hotel. “It’s the color of a glass of lemonade by the pool.”


The New York Historical Society’s in-house eatery is steps away from Central Park, so you can walk off the decadent menu offerings—which include lobster bolognese linguine and seared scallops with quail eggs—following your meal in this brightly colored space. New York, US


Munnu Gem Palace

This famous Indian jewelry shop initially first opened in Jaipur, but its relatively newer Mumbai outpost is the one we’re interested in. The gorgeous jewels are a given, but citron-hued furniture set against pale blue walls and a black and white checkered floor make an equally impressive statement. Mumbai, India


Yellow River

This is the second-longest river in China and runs through several of the country’s provinces, so there are multiple spots from which to view (and Instagram) this watery wonder. China


Acido Dorado

This architectural gem is coated in a golden hue, and while it may look like a museum it’s actually a house available for rent on Airbnb (albeit a pricy one). Located in Joshua Tree, this luxe property has two master suites, and the monochromatic color scheme blends right in with its desert surroundings. California, US


24/7 Restaurant at The Standard

The Standard’s restaurant boasts the same contemporary decor that the famed hotel is known for. Described as a “vibrant brasserie”, this eatery combines the comfort food of a diner with the eclectic and upscale vibe expected from one of LA’s premier hotels. California, US


The Standard Spa

Just like its LA counterpart, Miami Beach’s Standard Hotel effortlessly gives off an elevated luxe vibe. At the pool, bright yellow loungers pop against the blue sky and equally blue water. Florida, US


The vibrant color of this salt desert is a result of the area’s minerals and makes this natural phenomenon a must-see; though if you do venture out take care to prep. Dallol currently holds the record for the highest average temperature for an inhabited location on earth. Dallol, Ethiopia



Local produce and seasonal ingredients take center stage in this contemporary farm-to-table restaurant. Honorable mention goes to the sunny decor, which includes yellow chairs, yellow accent pieces, and even yellow-packaged food on display. Cape Town, South Africa


Parker Palm Springs

The retro feel at this Palm Springs staple even goes as far as including a lemonade stand. Though with bar seating, dining tables, and coordinated lemon-hued decor, this version is a step up from our childhood lemonade stands. California, US


Luoping County

Fields of canola plants contribute to the golden color in China’s Qujing Prefacture. The blooms are on full display starting in the spring until about late June, so plan accordingly. Yunnan, China


If you can’t (or don’t want to) travel for yellow, look to smaller ways to incorporate the sunny hue into daily life. Recreate sets from cinematic wonders such as The Virgin Suicides, Hotel Chevalier, Taxi Driver, Kill Bill Vol 1, and Little Miss Sunshine. And press play on color-inspired soundtracks like The Velvet Underground & Nico album and Blondie’s “AutoAmerican”.

Originally published March 2017. Updated October 21, 2017. 

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.