How To Bring Yellow Into Your Home

Retro room with yellow chair
Jonathan Adler

Yellow is the colour most associated with happiness, and it’s perfect for bringing the illusion of sunshine into even the darkest of spaces. This bold shade sets the tone for bright, sunnier days, making it the ideal colour to embrace in your home in the summer months. But where to start? Although intimidating at first, when paired with the right colours yellow, (whether mustard, muted or canary coloured) can bring a playful pop to every space from the kitchen, bedroom and beyond. Let us show you how to bring yellow into your home…

In the Living Room

yellow and blue gray living room
Image courtesy of Orla Kiely

Whether it’s used for entertaining or nights in with the family, the living room is a space where you naturally spend a lot of your time. So instead of overpowering it with splashes of sunny shades introduce mellow yellows in subtle ways. When it comes to the perfect colour pairing in this space, look to hues that will tone down the vibrancy of yellow. Our favourite? Blue grey. Not quite blue and not quite grey, the cooling tones of blue grey offset the warmth and vibrancy of yellow perfectly, allowing it to truly stand out and making a little go a long way. Plus, blue is considered one of the calmest of colours so it’s ideal for switching off and relaxing after a long day.

If you’re looking to play it safe, an accessory or two in the sunshine shade can really shake up your living space without the commitment. But if you’re feeling brave, why not invest in a piece of statement furniture? A vibrant yellow sofa against a blue grey wall, or even a striking colour pop cabinet to bring your home straight into the new season.

Sunnyside Up Accessories

In the Kitchen

gray kitchen with yellow plate
Image courtesy of Brabantia

We all know opposites attract, and this is a key rule to remember when colour pairing. Yellow is bold and bright so to really make it stand out you’ll need to go as dark as you dare. Our favourite shade to pair with yellow is charcoal grey, and the closer to black it is the better. Perfect for kitchens both large and small, dark grey & yellow is both retro fabulous whilst giving a modern edge to the heart of your home.

Start the scheme with a dark blank canvas, think charcoal grey walls or slate cabinets, and introduce small appliances & yellow decorative accessories to break up the black. Looking for something a little more permanent? Take inspiration from one of the most popular Pinterest trends of the last year, the Moroccan tile. Available in a plethora of styles and colour combinations, Moroccan tiles are fabulous for bringing bold hues and pretty patterns into your home. But if you’re investing in yellow tiles be sure to keep the rest of the kitchen minimal. Think glam, not garish.

Color Pop Kitchen

In the Bedroom

Bright yellow bed linen with soft gray and white

Vibrant yellow isn’t an obvious choice for the master bedroom, but it can still be incredibly fun & fabulous. Yellow and fresh white or pale gray is a color combination that never goes out of style. It’s beachy and coastal-cute, but it doesn’t mean you’re restricted to nautical motifs to make it work. Keep the look fresh with a white base and introduce accents of mustard or sunny yellows. The contrast in colors will give the boost you need to start the day, and the soothing properties of fresh white or pale gray will encourage sleep when you need it most.

Mellow Yellow Bedroom

Ikat patterned pillows
Les Ottomans

Whether it’s the bedroom or the bathroom, add a little sunshine to your space with the yellow trend.

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