Not So Mellow Yellow

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Posted

It is well known that trends in interior design move closely inline with all that's fashionable on the catwalk.  This season we have seen an influx of bright vibrant colours and bold eighties style patterns and shapes.  Similarly, within interior design, flashes of vivid colours are seen in furniture and accessories for kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms alike. 

Yellow in particular has found its place as a hot colour for both contemporary and traditional properties.  With clever choice of shade it has been used to create the most elegant of morning rooms and the most edgy of apartments offering a fresh, energetic and charismatic finish.  From table lamps to dining chairs this article takes you through some of the best design tips and buys for your new yellow wonderland.

Lemon to Luminous As with all primary and secondary colours, the choice of shade can greatly affect the overall finish and atmosphere within a room.  Lighter pastel shades such as lemon should be used in darker or smaller rooms to enhance the feeling of space.  Similarly they work particularly well with other 'ice cream' colours for a fun and flirty finish.  Brighter shades such as sunflower yellow should be used to create some texture and refinement within a design.  Use it for scatter cushions, table lamp shades, wallpaper pattern or accessories. 

More rustic shades such as mustard and ocre can be used to add warmth and solidarity to a room and work particularly well for upholstery, curtains or throws.  If you dare to delve in with luminous yellow keep this for one or two design statements.  Use with black and white for the most effect and ensure the finish on the items is of a high quality.

Subtle Accents If you do not want to opt for a completely yellow colour scheme why not use it inline with another colour.  Referring to the colour wheel yellow can work well with blues and purples for contrast, or greens and oranges for a softer, complementary finish. Simply add a few scatter cushions, throws, wall art or curtains which tie the colours together and then add yellow accessories until you are happy with the overall finish.  As with all interior design projects ensure that the distribution of colour is even throughout the room to help create a feeling of symmetry and sense. 

Because of the vivid and powerful effect of the colour it is not necessary to inject a lot of yellow items for the scheme to work.  Referring to the above room set for example, just three items have created a bright and unique finish. Finally, enjoy the powerful effect of yellow and use it to improve the energy in your home.  Remember that, as long as you keep your receipts, no mistake is irreplaceable and, by experimenting you are likely to find a novel and inspirational finish for your room.

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