No, it has nothing to do with your mood.

By Marisa Spyker
May 31, 2018
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When you think of the color yellow, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

If you answered “sunshine” and “cheer,” you’re not alone. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, has spent the last 30-plus years researching color word association. According to her findings, the color yellow just plain makes people happy—which, in turn, inherently makes them drawn to it.

“Give any child a box of crayons and they reach for the color yellow,” Eiseman told CNN in 2017. “And invariably in the upper right hand corner or left hand corner will appear the ball of sun and often with the rays emanating out.”

The association with sunny summer days is part of the reason Pineapple Yellow often makes its way into our homes and closets. While quite bold, yellow exudes feelings of optimism and confidence. It gives people energy, making the shade perfect in spaces designed for entertaining.

Photo: David A. Land; styling: Martha Bernabe

But yellow also has a hidden talent—one that might make it especially useful in areas like the kitchen and dining room. According to Dr. Jingduan Yang, a fifth-generation practitioner of Chinese medicine, the color yellow also “stimulates the energy of the spleen,” which in turn may be able to improve things like digestion and metabolism. It can also reportedly nurture your muscles and reduce your worries. (Hello, miracle worker!)

Which means, if you don’t have Pineapple Yellow in your life just yet, it might be time to harness this super-color immediately. Here are five ways Pineapple can completely transform your space (and apparently you, too).

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