Yellow can be tricky in interior design. For some clients, yellow is just not the thing. For others, it adds energy and light and makes them happy. Yellow adds a touch of fun to a room design. We most likely want to stay elegant, though, even if we’re having a bit of fun. Some clients are fairly young at heart or just plain young in years and the fun aspect is more important than the serious elegant question. How much yellow do we dare to use in interior design projects? It depends on the client that we are dealing with as well as current trends. Many clients that we encounter love colour but have had problems choosing yellow for their home decor. Yellow can indeed be very tricky to work with and must be treated with care. That being said, yellow in the home can be very uplifting and lovely to live with if used correctly. Sometimes we may want a vibrant yellow, and sometimes we prefer a soft, muted yellow. It can be fun and funky or simply bring a feeling of lightness into a room.    Whether we use a little yellow, or a lot, yellow is one of the most powerful colours that we have at our disposal. A touch of pale yellow in a dark stairwell can really lighten up the area, lending a feel of having a window that isn’t actually there. A cheerful yellow toss cushion on a window seat adds charm as well as comfort. We can even have a yellow sofa and retain elegance as well as a sense of fun in the room design, especially in contemporary room designs.

For a touch of fun yellow can be used in a single piece of furniture such as a pouffy ottoman, a wing chair, or a table. Yellow can also be used to excellent effect in formal room designs. Mustard yellow is a classic colour choice and has stood the test of time. This is not for everyone but it does hold its appeal. It is a classic colour. Similarly, in the room below, the room is almost entirely white with white walls, area carpet and furniture. It would all be pretty dull without the addition of elements that have texture or colour to liven up the mix, especially since it is a minimalist room design. The black window trim draws the eye up and add a feeling of drama and a touch of something different and a little daring.  The pop of hot yellow in the accent chairs and the stripy artwork adds pizzaz and fun to the room design. The entirely traditional room on the right is perfectly nice but the accents of hot yellow in the toss cushions, accessories and flowers catch our attention and remain with us.

For a completely different look, we can add much more yellow to a room, and still not overdo it. A room that is very contemporary in style, can be made comfortable by means of the furniture styling and touch of fun in the artwork. Classic lines in the furnishings can make the room feel more formal if that is what is desired. Light touches of yellow can make a formal room seem less stuffy. Yellow can be used in a room design as a bit of a surprise, and it has the ability to lift the mood in a room furnished even with quite worn and outdated pieces. This is surprise in a good way. We can see the potential for a very fresh new look through the use of yellow. The addition of a wonderful and unusual piece of furniture finished in an eye-catching colour such as yellow can add real pizzaz to a room design. It may be a soft shade of yellow or a vibrant one. The use of yellow is a surprise and works very well to create a successful design vignette. The remainder of the elements in the room may even tend to be a more muted colour overall, as long as the unique piece is not the only fun thing in the room.

The room below is spare but comfortable and the soft, butter yellow of the traditional English armchair melds well with the rustic finish on the tall dresser. The use of yellow adds a touch of upbeat yet mellow colour to the rustic room design.

How far do we dare to go? Can we use it as a on the front door of our home? Of course we can!

Can we use it as a wall colour? The answer is “sometimes”. It depends on the energy level of the client who lives in the home. Some family members may love a vibrant colour palette in general, and other family members may not enjoy that sort of thing at all. Remember that when your friends and neighbours visit and express their opinions, it is the opinions of who actually lives in the home that matters.

Yellow is first and foremost a fun colour, but it can also be an elegant part of a powerful room design, if it is used to its’ best advantage. We have seen that it can be used in formal as well as casual room designs, and in traditional, as well as contemporary room designs. Call Mulberry Interiors now at (905) 849-6423 to book an interior design consultation. We look forward to working with you to increase your enjoyment of your home.

 

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