It's the colour of the sun, of light and warmth and joy. It will bring vibrance to any room, but it's a tricky colour to get right. It's yellow. A shade that exudes energy and life and that provides an original, bold and bright touch when it's used right, but that can look sickly and institutional if it's done wrong. Love yellow, but don't want your home to look like a hospital corridor? We've got just the tips for you. Read on!
A vintage twist
Bright colours were all the rage in the sixties, so it seems appropriate that this vintage inspired chair by Silvia Ceñal for Two Six Creative Design should be in fabulous, luminous yellow. Its sleek, clean lines are wonderfully offset by the upholstery, creating an inviting cocoon to sink into. Yellow and green are natural partners, so why not experiment with pairing them to create a striking contrast effect. Yellow works as a contrast colour with most colours, in fact; just be careful with deep browns, as you don't want the overall effect to be muddy.
Yellow in the kitchen
Yellow is a great colour for the kitchen, but be cautious. It's been intermittently popular as a kitchen wall colour, but, depending on the tone, the results can be overwhelming and claustrophobic. Easier and safer are some yellow accents in bold, bright yellow. Its joyful tones will energise, and make cooking a pleasurable activity. This bright kitchen shelving is from design firm Friday Project. Bright yellow will stand in delicious contrast to the greens, reds and oranges of fruits and veg. Against a white or blue wall, or even exposed stone, yellow will bring a vivacious pop of modernity.
Just one piece
Here's a striking idea - a monochrome room done out in shades of white with one remarkable stand-out element: that yellow sofa. The effect is pretty electrifying; while the contrast has been turned down on everything else in the room, it's been pushed right up to the max on the sofa. It almost looks like a colourised black-and-white photo, with only the sofa carefully painted in.
One bright yellow wall, near a window: instant sunshine! As we said above about yellow in the kitchen, yellow on every wall runs the risk of being overwhelming, depending on the shade. But if you just can't live without some yellow on the walls, then make a statement with one and leave the rest neutral.
We see yellow's usefulness as a contrast colour here, again - along with the minty green of the cabinets, it contrasts beautifully with the teal chair.
Yellow is a great colour for kid's rooms. For starters, it's a neutral, non-gendered colour, so it's ideal if you want to get away from the cliché of pink for girls and blue for boys. It's also an optimistic colour, ideal for a space we want to be full of laughter and fun. Light, lemon yellow will work on walls, just so long as the shade is light enough. Again, we see yellow's magical contrast qualities; the mineral tones of lemon yellow work perfectly with a grey-brown shade and touches of darker brown.
A vibrant bundle
This cool wall-hung coat rack is by Italian design studio Covo. Called Latva Wall, it's a bundle of sticks with a difference. Made from painted metal rods, it'll bring some welcome brightness to your entryway - just don't hide it entirely behind a bundle of coats! This practical piece of furniture is also available in a floor model.
Just a touch
If despite everything we've told you, you're still nervous about yellow, you can start by using it only in the smallest details. Combined with cooler colors such as grey or white, yellow will offer a warm highlight without being garish. Indeed, it will add a beautiful lightness to a cool-toned room. In this room the Chestnut lamp from Studio Snowpuppe gives the decor a bold but subtle twist.