Pantone introduced their Colour of the Year at the end of last year to the usual mixed response. In fact it’s not one colour but two. Only the second time in ten years that this has happened. Remember the baby blue and baby pink combo a few years back? Well, for 2021 it’s Ultimate Grey (what it says on the tin) and Illuminating, which is a yellow the colour of lemon skin. Some say that they might be hedging their bets. Pantone call it a message of strength plus hopefullness, that is both enduring and uplifting.
They also say it is a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly. We could all do with sunny promises that’s for sure. And while my heart sinks at the thought of yet more grey, the zingy punch that yellow adds to it at least livens it up a tad. In fact it might be a blessing for anyone (or is that everyone) who has adopted the trend for grey walls and is now regretting it. Just add a yellow armchair!
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Image: Harlow Grey Sofa from Furniture and Choice.
There’s no doubt that adding yellow as an accent colour to a room that is decorated in greys and neutrals does cheer it up. The throw, cushion and artwork can easily be swapped for another colour too if you tire of this shade. And don’t forget. You don’t need to stick to just one shade of the accent colour. Varying the yellow slightly looks more natural and less like you shopped for the items all at the same time. Which we all know is a no-no don’t we?
Image: Narvas Pendant Ceiling Light In Black from Iconic Lights.
For the more adventuous, painting out the door and skirting boards in a citrus shade of yellow will add a wow factor. And the adjoining room here has been painted a lighter shade for continuity Don’t be tempted to add yellow accessories in this case though. That would completely destroy the element of surprise and look too matchy-matchy.
Image: Piper Headboard and Curtains In Thatch House Fabric from Loaf.
You can be more subtle of course. There’s no colour dominating this room. The effect is one of calmness and relaxation. Especially what a bedroom should say.
Image: Kahrs Tres Erve Matt Lacquered Wood Flooring In Matt Lacquered from Carpetright.
An entire wall in such a strong shade of yellow might be a bit much, but here a dull corner benefits from a bit of sunshine. A yellow armchair is all that you need to add. Note that the black and white patterns on the rug and cushion act as punctuation marks. They stop the eye from being overpowered and give it a place to rest.
Image: Avoca Bed from Darlings of Chelsea.
Another room that might be a bit dull without the addition of the yellow accents. The white walls and bedlinen keep the overall look light and airy.
Image: Hawthorn Yellow, Dover White and Holkham Dune Victorian Floor Tiles from Original Style.
And if you can’t live with such strong blocks of contrasting colours, there’s always a more subtle pattern that can combine the two. Here it’s tiles, but it could just as easily be wallpaper, curtains, or blinds.