10 Rooms That Will Make You Like Yellow
Shake off the last of winter and embrace the most cheering of spring shades
Muted shades work wonderfully with strong yellow, creating a graphic talking point in any scheme. The short side of this shelf-cum-desk has been given a lift with lively yellow paint. White and grey are great to combine crisply with brights as they have a cool undertone.
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Scared of colour? Have a tiny try at sunshine yellow on a narrow wall. Pair with a matching chair to up the impact and provide extra surface space on which to squeeze in a few more accessories – or a bunch of spring blooms.
Clever colour-combining is a bit of an art, but one that’s a joy to employ when mastered. This spirited space couldn’t fail to lift your mood upon waking, and the bright yellow lamp and cushion are the cherry on top. Their strong, solid hue stands out amid the pattern clash and varying shades of blue in the room without competing.
Sometimes the best ideas are the boldest. Upholstering a sofa in such a statement colour might seem like a risky move, but if you love yellow, you’re sure to smile every time you sit on it. Let your sofa steal the show by sticking to a pale or neutral backdrop, with just a splash of a strong partner shade, as seen here – after all, there’s no hiding this baby in the corner!
For a more dramatic effect, jewel tones such as the one in this golden sofa really come alive against a dark background – try navy, grey or black.
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A light hand is all that’s needed to feel the benefit of this cheerful colour. These island stools are a little bit utilitarian and a lot of fun, when added to the mix in this industrial-meets-traditional kitchen. Yellow-painted chairs could work elsewhere to jazz up a dreary dining table.
Placing mad colours in creative places is part of the fun when decorating. This bathroom could be very calm and grown-up without the unexpected, cheeky yellow sconces, but why be sensible when you can showcase spectacular sunshine yellow?
When the period features in your house are weighing you down, lighten the load with a little splash of colour. It might seem sacrilegious to meddle with your mantelpiece, but see how exciting a bold change can be? With such a small area, repainting won’t take long if you get bored of your fabulous fireplace.
Bored with your bedroom? If a new bed is on the cards anyway, a brightly upholstered beauty will impart effortless style. Keep everything else pared right back and you’ll hardly have to do a thing to make your sleep space shine.
Don’t learn to live with the despondent feeling you get when you’ve spent ages putting together a scheme only to find it lacks that special something. There’s always a solution. These crazy curtains shouldn’t work, but they do – and the whole room comes together as a result. If in doubt, say ‘hello’ to yellow!
Who needs pricey carpet when you can make the stairs themselves the star of the show? Plump for proper floor paint that will be durable enough to endure multiple daily dashes up and down them, and, if you transform the stairs in your hallway, be prepared for doorstep visitors to spy over your shoulder for a peek, every time you open the front door!
What’s your favourite way to add a bright colour to your home? Share your ideas or experiences in the Comments below.