Time to liven up dull spaces with zesty yellows that will bring your home to life. With everything that is currently going on (see Brexit) I think we could use a colour that is as uplifting as yellow. But careful: use too much yellow, the wrong yellow for you or the wrong tone and you can end up with the negatives properties of yellow such irrationality and anxiety. So here are a few things to remember when choosing this colour for your interiors.
The psychology of yellow
Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, yellow is uplifting and illuminating. It is a great colour for accessories and if you ask me it's just super fun and cheerful. It's a colour that can definitely make you happy! At the same time, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness. They say that it is a creative colour, in fact the colour of new ideas (hence the yellow light bulb, lol!) helping us to find new ways of doing things.
Above: How many trends can you spot? Ellie Larson of A Beautiful Mess kept neutral walls and added extra zest in her dining area with mismatched chairs in the same (yellow) colour. She then added the plain white suspension lights (try the Maman Pendant - Modular - 14 LED bulbs by Seletti, £280). 3 hot trends and saved a bunch by using chairs she found in thrift shops! Hat-trick!
Which room would it be suitable for?
Yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism. A paler yellow would look good in a coastal themed living room while a retro styled home would benefit from sofas or armchairs in yellow colours. So living room is a great place for it. You can also use it on accessories if you're not too brave for furniture in lemony colours!
Who can forget this bright space by BRIGHT BAZAAR ?
Clockwise: Pols Poten Daisy Mirror, £87, Achica.com; Eclipse Mirror by Vitamin, £153, Clippings.com; DLM Side Table - Yellow by Hay, £115, Achica.com; Samba Throw Yellow by Klippan; Wave Hand Hook, £95, Clippings.com; Bloomingville 3 Arm Candle Holder - Lemon, £22, Amara.com
Could it also be used in other rooms? Sure! Think about how impactful you want the yellow colour to be. You can use a little or a lot around dining rooms and in the kitchen. For a very fresh look, use it with white. For a more sophisticated look, go for greys and for something masculine use it with blue. If you're feeling a bit fiesta, then go with pink all the way!
An eye catching dining area, complemented by an urban jungle, photo via Armelle Habib
It looks great when combined with grey colours, and here's a perfect example. In a home shot by Elisabeth Aarhus for Elle Decoration the lower cabinets of the kitchen were painted bright yellow while the top and backdrop are in a grey with purple undertones colour that almost resembles Farrow & Ball's 'Brassica'.
How to combine yellow
Combine yellow with white, light grey and blue or pink and you will be on trend.
Photo via Swoonworthy.co.uk
Where to avoid yellow
But watch out! Yellow can produce anxiety and cause you to feel agitated as it is fast moving. That makes a very poor candidate for your bedroom walls, unless of course you're trying to keep yourself up all night! Instead, use it on your bed frame or on your bed linen and cushions.