In The Mood for Some Mellow Yellow in Home Decor?
I’ve never been a big fan of yellow in home decor. I know I said a couple of days ago that I wasn’t too keen on the colour blue. But blue is different. I do like blue, and I like blue rooms. I just don’t gravitate to it. But yellow is different. I have a fear of yellow. I think I can blame it on my mother. When I was growing up we always had a yellow kitchen. Yellow table and chairs, yellow cupboards, yellow blinds. Everything yellow. I absolutely hated it. But now I’m going to eat my words, because there are some shades of yellow I could live with, (hell, I even have a yellow armchair in the bedroom) and there are some ways of using yellow that don’t have me running and screaming.
A deep yellow yellow velvet throw and a couple of light yellow cushions are all this all-grey bedroom needs. Sienna Grey Bed, £949, from Feather and Black.
Using Yellow in Home Decor: Tip 1
Choose your shade wisely. Yellow can be bright and acidic or it can be mellow and almost mustard in colour. I prefer the darker end of the spectrum. It’s warmer and definitely easier on the eye. Color psychology suggests that certain colors are capable of evoking certain moods and may even have an influence over behavior and well-being, and for me yellow is too aggressive. I’ve heard it’s a colour associated with creativity so is often used in studios, but it over stimulates in the wrong environment, so it’s definitely not a colour for the nursery.
A mustard yellow velvet sofa adds comfort to white walls and industrial inspired furniture. Shoreditch Small Sofa in Isla Finch £1,520, Casper Armchair in Tan Leather £1,700, Tolsey Loop Rug £350, Carter Square Side Table £410. All from Neptune.
Using Yellow in Home Decor: Tip 2
Used in small quantities it can be a useful accent colour. Now, this is especially true in combination with our current craze for all-grey interiors. A yellow lampshade against a grey wall can be stunning. A single yellow cushion on a grey linen sofa draws you to sit down.
Accent colour on a lampshade or cushion really pops against grey. Both from Anna Jacobs.
Using Yellow in Home Decor: Tip 3
Remember that the texture of your yellow accents are important too. This is just my own opinion, but a yellow velvet sofa exudes a warmth and a depth of colour that calls to mind comfort and homeliness. A yellow cotton curtain reminds me of summer breezes and the promise of eating in the garden. See what I mean? It’s not just the colour yellow that evokes emotions but the way it is used too. More than any other colour I think.
A statement chair in yellow velvet creates a focal point in a dark corner. Lola Chair in Mustard Yellow and Grey Velvet, £399, Atkin and Thyme.
Using Yellow in Home Decor: Tip 4
Yellow in a strong pattern can be quite overwhelming so be very careful. Large-scale patterns are quite energetic in themselves, but when combined with yellow it can almost become too much. Calm the scheme down with lots of white.
Large scale patterns benefit from the addition of lots of white. ‘Ludic’ Floral Pineapple Feature Wallpaper in Grey and Yellow, £75 per roll, Woodchip and Magnolia.
Are there any colours that you are wary of?