Iconic Yellow Rooms
Photography above, Derry Moore as seen in Elle Decor.
Yellow is so chic at the moment. It's interesting that two of the most celebrated rooms in 20th century interior design had bold lacquered yellow walls: Nancy Lancaster's legendary London sitting room/office, shown top, and Babe and Bill Paley's Fifth Avenue drawing room, decorated by Albert Hadley and Sister Parish, shown second.
In both cases the yellow walls apparently brought an inviting sense of warmth to grand spaces. Sister was the one who thought the Paley's room should be taxicab yellow. Five subtly different shades of yellow high-gloss paint were applied to set-off the Paley's master paintings by Gauguin and Van Gogh, as well as their French antiques. In Lancaster's vaulted room, her associate John Fowler applied numerous layers of glaze over stippled-on Peking yellow (or butter yellow) paint.
For more on the Paley room, see Albert Hadley: The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer. For more on Lancaster's room, see Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style, or Rooms.
BTW: Colefax and Fowler keeps Lancaster's yellow room open to the public.