While the expression ‘to have a sunny disposition’ is derived from the Earth's brightest source of energy, the colour of the sun also generates an energy that evokes creativity and inspires joy. Generally regarded as the happy colour, yellow adds positivity to a space. Whether subtle accents and accessories or bolder statement walls and focal point furnishings, yellow can add both sophistication and fun to enrich and elevate your interior.
Versatile style As yellow shades really ‘pop’ in a neutral scheme you can use them in many different ways to energise a space. Get inspired by a few different ideas to inject yellow into your decor - from smaller accent pieces and accessories to larger soft furnishings options to a full feature wallpaper with several colours and patterns to pick up to complement the interior.
Spatial effect Yellow is cheerful and makes a space look bright and welcoming. That’s why yellow is a great colour for entryways and living rooms where you welcome and entertain people.
The brightness factor also applies to hallways or spaces with few windows or insufficient light - natural or artificial options, such as a walk-in closet, pantry or small bathroom. Keeping in mind brighter colours always make a room look bigger than it is, yellow is effective in opening up a space too.
Make it stand out Yellow works well with both dark and lighter colours. Its underlying warmth, pairs well with cooler greys, taupe, clay tones and crisp white, so one of these as a strong backdrop acts as a contrast. A good range of tones from charcoal through to white will ensure the lemon to golden hue really stands out.
Sunny spectrum While zesty lemon yellow has a bright, summer feel, there are so many lighter and deeper shades that may be softer on the eye, yet just as potent in terms of sophisticated style options. From banana, canary and buttery pastel hues, to mustard, butterscotch and golden sun shades, it's totally possible to achieve a wonderfully warm aura for your decor that you're comfortable with all year round.
Wonder wallpaper If you do choose to go bold with a focal feature wall, wallpaper is a good option as it provides built in patterns and colours to work with layering your decor. Many top interior designers view wallpaper as a game-changer. ( Sidebar: If you're afraid of the commitment , there are many retailers who offer an excellent range of removable wallpaper designs...we get it, sometimes you just need that escape clause to commit.)
As yellow touches are guaranteed to brighten up your home, consider some of these easy, summery updates and additions to boost your space and mood.
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