‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’ Has a Hidden Meaning for the Color Yellow

It’s senior year for Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) in To All the Boys: Always and Forever. While they’re busy figuring out their college plans and what it will mean for their relationship, the third and final installment in the Netflix franchise is telling a story with color. 

[Spoilers ahead for To All the Boys: Always and Forever]

The ‘To All the Boys’ movies have a signature color palette of pink, yellow, and blue

All three movies based on Jenny Han’s books have a similar style. It comes courtesy of the To All the Boys color palette. Shades of pink, yellow, and blue are featured prominently in each film.

There are posters lining the hallways of the fictional Adler High School. Yes, they use pink, yellow, and blue. The same goes for the wardrobes and set design. Lara Jean wears bright colors. Remember her pink coat? As for the Covey house, the three colors are woven throughout each room. 

Yellow means ‘changing the status quo’ in ‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’

Yellow means change for Coveys and the rest of the To All the Boys: Always and Forever characters. Production designer Christ August put more yellow in the third installment to signify change within the Covey house. Specifically to show how Dr. Dan Covey’s (John Corbett) life, and those of his daughters, changed because of his relationship with Trina Rothschild (Sarayu Rao).

“Even though Trina is coming in and changing the status quo, we did it with brightness and color and basically the sun,” August told Apartment Therapy in February 2021. “She’s bringing in a lot more sun into Dan’s (Lara Jean’s dad) life and into the girls’ lives as well.” 

(L-R): Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky and Lana Condor as Lara Jean Covey, in 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before 3'
(L-R): Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky and Lana Condor as Lara Jean Covey, in ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 3’ | Katie Yu / Netflix

“Even during the pandemic, you see it popping up everywhere,” August, who also worked on To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, added. “There’s a brightness that people are trying to add into their lives because they’re missing a bit of it. They’re missing a bit of the outside, so we’re bringing it in.”

Think of the yellow couch Covey and Kavinsky snuggle on. There’s a yellow-toned pillow on it. Later, the couch gets traded for a yellow version. And the accents at the backyard wedding? Also yellow. 

Lara Jean Covey also has yellow accents in her bedroom 

Covey didn’t end the trilogy without her bedroom getting some new additions. Like the rest of the house, Covey’s room got more yellow. While Covey’s stressing about how to tell Kavinsky about Standford there’s a yellow throw blanket on her bed. Yellow books line her shelves and there are yellow keepsakes on her bulletin board. Her desk chair? Also yellow.

Look out for the yellow accents in To All the Boys: Always and Forever by watching the film on Netflix.