Posted by on May 31, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Design memes, Inspiration | 7 comments

The fact that yellow is a hot interiors trend this year is somewhat troubling for me. I’ve never been very into yellow. I’ve painted a few rooms in different shades of it, but always end up repainting.

But this house in Canadian House and Home (via one of my daily reads, SPPN) got me thinking about yellow in a different way.

Emily Walker house

Emily Walker house

Emily Walker house

Emily Walker house

Here, the shots of yellow work really well against the purples and grays. I think the trick is to use a really bright yellow, or one with a greenish hue, in small quantities to highlight statement pieces like the table, vase or Chinese garden stool in these pics. Balancing it with a cooler color like the purple works really well too. My mistake in the past has been to chicken out and go for a pale, buttery shade which always ends up looking rather sickly.

Here are some more examples of yellow working really well. You can see the same approach of balancing yellow with moodier colors and interesting shapes. I think I’m tempted to try it myself…

Autoban

Joanna Henderson

Joanna Henderson

Andres Gramer

Chris Everard

Credits:

1 – Room designed by Autoban (Seyhan Ozdemir and Sefer Caglar), photo by Richard Powers via The President Wears Prada; 2&3 – Photo by Joanna Henderson (represented by Sarah Kaye); 4 – Photo by Andres Gramer (represented by Sarah Kaye); 5 – Photo by Chris Everard (represented by Sarah Kaye).