21 Nov 2017Last updated

Design Insights

See why yellow is this season’s hottest colour in interiors

Learn how to update a neutral scheme instantly with yellow and gold accents

Robin Collingwood
Added 11:55 | May 31, 2017
  • Shalimar wallpaper, Dh350 per roll, and Baroque Trellis embroidery fabric Dh275 per metre, both by Sanderson.

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  • Chair covered in Portobello Flower fabric by James Hare at Purple Arch, Dh470 per metre.

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  • Wonderland wallpaper Borastapeter at D.Tales, Dh216 per roll.

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  • Spring/Summer 2017 collection by Jane Churchill, from Dh149 per metre.

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  • Patanzzi graphite wallpaper, Dh500 per roll, sofa made in Brera Straw Dh550 per metre, all by Designers Guild

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  • Cashmere Paisley Wallpaper, Dh300 per roll, and Protea Flower Embroidery Dh510 per metre, both by Sanderson.

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  • Dorset wallpaper, Dh372 per roll by Cole and Son.

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  • Horizon fabric collection by Prestigious Textiles, from Dh117 per metre.

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  • Chaconia from Anthozoa Wallpapers by Harlequin, Dh300 per roll.

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Get Happy

This season, shades of yellow from mimosa to gold are brightening up our homes. Check out our gallery above to see an easy way to update neutrals by using a highlight colour to lift them. 

Check the mood Yellow will energise and cheer up a space, so make sure before you use it that you want this injection of energy in the space. It might not be right for a serious study or a calm bedroom scheme.

Get the base right Check your neutral room has a strong backdrop of cool contemporary grey to act as a contrast to the yellow. There should also be a good range of tones from charcoal through to white to ensure the golden highlights really stand out.

Colour as a focal point As yellow shades really ‘pop’ in a neutral scheme you can use them in lots of ways to energise a space. Choose vibrant patterns on furnishings for a modern Scandinavian look, add a striking gold-stripe wallpaper in a living room or paint a table in a bright yellow to take centre stage in a kitchen.

Robin Collingwood

Robin Collingwood