Bring a ray of sunshine Bring a ray of sunshine into your home into your home; GabrielleFagan says youneedn'tbeafraid ofusingmellow yellowthroughout yourdecor.
This Hana cushion is from Dunelm Mill This Hana cushion is om Dunelm Mill AS the colour of sunshine, yellow is ideal for bringing a feel-good vibe to your home.
Whatever shade you choose - daffodil on walls, egg yolk for fabrics, or zingy lemon for accessories - it can help to warm and brighten rooms. Designer Tara Bernerd says she likes to use the stronger, bolder tones of yellow in sophisticated or less obvious settings. Yellow shades don''t only work well in bathrooms, kitchens and on feature walls, but also look effective on woodwork and furniture, contrasted with other colours such as grey, she says. Yellow is a versatile colour which can be used to suit a modern or traditional interior. You can turn on the razzle-dazzle by contrasting it with lime or mint green, or use it to bring a monochrome colour scheme alive. Alternatively, choose softer yellow hues, many of which feature in floral patterns, for a discreet dose of sunshine. We tend to think of yellow as an exclusively modern colour, says Louise Smith, Dulux Colour & Design manager. But chrome yellow was first manufactured early in the 19th century and found favour with neoclassical architects.
It''s a colour which can be used to create a sharp architectural look if used in hits of block colour, or pale shades can create a feeling of calm. Clearly a colour for all seasons, wake up to yellow and turn your home sunny-side up!
YELLOW RULES Make the most of any natural light, as this helps bring out a bright colour. If you''re wary of using strong hues, buy tester pots, paint large pieces of cardboard, and hang them on the wall so you can get an idea of what the finished result will look like. Contrast yellow with minimalist white or grey colours or contemporary wood furniture. If you''re nervous, begin by flirting with the colour and introducing yellow accessories such as cushions, lamps or kitchen gadgets. Be aware that some shades of yellow can take on an unattractive greeny-hue in artificial light. Avoid that by using daylight quality bulbs, or confine yellow to rooms that will mainly be used during the day.
SUNNY SIDE UP: There are some glorious wallpapers around featuring every yellow shade under the sun. Try B&Q''s Arthouse Vintage Surface Print Radiance with a delicate floral pattern, pounds 22.98 a roll.
SUNNY KITCHENS Yellow''s a cheery choice for kitchens, especially when they''re also used as dining areas.
Use it on a glass splashback or simply add the colour in a panel of tiles.
You could make a statement, at a price, with a Citron yellow worktop made from quartz, a man-made alternative to granite, from Cargo Granite.
Prices start from pounds 294 per square metre.
A Shaker-style Windsor kitchen from John Lewis''s Classic Collection features saffron yellow in its choice of 18 paint finishes for units.
Prices for kitchens start from pounds 10,000. Or think about using a tableware range called Sunshine by designer Janice Tchalenko, which is covered in bright yellow blooms on a white background.
A large bowl costs pounds 25.
SUNNY SIDE UP: Kitchen company In-toto has a Malmodesigned kitchen with yellow and beige lacquer units. Prices for kitchens start from pounds 12,000.
MAKE A YELLOW STATEMENT Yellow is a great colour for a statement piece of furniture.
A streamlined, button-back, yellow Lansdowne sofa is an eye-catching example of contemporary style - although the eye-watering price might put you off. It''s pounds 2,582 from Rume.
Eastern-style furniture will also always be popular. Try a hand-carved cabinet in yellow lacquer from Gong, pounds 675.
Those on a budget can sit in style on a funky, yellow-seated Pantone folding chair from The Holding Company, pounds 54.
Alternatively, if you''re handy with a paintbrush, you could simply paint a chest of drawers, or perhaps a set of kitchen chairs, yellow.
And just because the shutters are down, this doesn''t mean your rooms can''t be warm and sunny.
The Shutterly Fabulous range of louvered shutters are available in a bright yellow paint finish, and start from pounds 250 per square metre.
SUNNY SIDE UP: Go for a handsome, high-back Mr Bright chair upholstered in plush golden yellow velvet with jewel-coloured velvet-covered buttons from Peter Jones, London and www.johnlewis.com, pounds 899.
SNEAK YELLOW INTO YOUR LIFE Once you start indulging an enthusiasm for yellow, it''s easy to get carried away.
Ben de Lisi''s brilliant new homeware range for Debenhams features yellow ceramics and a Skyline bedlinen set in a yellow and a grey/black colourway - a double duvet set, pounds 40.
A new Designers Guild range by Tricia Guild combines yellow chartreuse paired with black and white. A Baudard rug is pounds 750.
Yellow fans will also like soft furnishing and blind making company Montgomery''s Eloise fabric collection.
Its clever use of shades include a daffodil yellow and soft gold mix - fabrics start from around pounds 15 a metre, and are available from stores throughout the UK including House of Fraser and Debenhams.
Try giving your sofa a facelift by dressing it with Dunelm Mill''s Hana cushions, featuring an exotic yellow bloom on a grey background, pounds 7.99.
Even a modest bunch of flowers would look a picture in a yellow jug vase by Rice, available from The Contemporary Home, pounds 44.99.
SUNNY SIDE UP: Switch on the colour with Love-Eco''s Butterfly Belle lampshade made from wool-felt with butterfly detail - pounds 40.
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shutterlyfabulous.com paint it THE Dulux range is packed with summer colours.
Try Spring Breeze from their Tailor Made Colour Range, a selection of six yellow-toned paint shades (matt emulsion, 2.5 litres, pounds 19.99).
B&Q''s Colours range has everything from Picket Fence, a subtle white with a tinge of yellow, through to full-on Lemon Fizz (matt emulsion, 2.5 litres, pounds 17.69).
Earthborn paints offer up a soft, buttery Humpty Dumpty shade.
Try their mellow-coloured, eco-friendly Claypaint (matt emulsion, 2.5 litres, pounds 23.96).
Vintage Surface Radiance paper in yellow, from B&Q This Baudard rug, with a chartreuse background and monochrome floral pattern, comes in two sizes from Designers Guild Brighten your world with this sunflower mural from the Flowerpots Collection at DigetexHome on at DigetexHome This Skyline bedlinen set, in a yellow and a grey/black colourway, is from designer Ben de Lisi's new homeware range for Debenhams Louvred shutters in a bright yellow paint finish, from Shutterly Fabulous a subtler touch of yellow to your home This Hana cushion is from Dunelm Mill This Hana cushion is om Dunelm Mill Button-back yellow Lansdowne sofa, from Rume