While I was looking through my old posts, it occurred to me that I haven’t done one on yellow. As yellow is such joyful, radiant colour it seemed appropriate to mention it now, when it seems like its been raining every day since Christmas and floods are constantly in the news. However, as its such a strong colour, I think people tend to shy away from using it as the main colour in a scheme ( I don’t have any yellow rooms in my house, though I am going to use it in my next upholstery project!). Farrow and Ball have chosen it as one of their new colours for 2014, which may encourage people to be brave and give it a go.
The invention of chrome yellow dye coincided with the neo-classical taste for brilliant yellow. Pre the 1800s yellow paint didn’t exist but started to become popular in the Regency era from 1815 onwards. I always associate this rich yellow with classical, Regency interiors.
It was also traditionally used in chinoiserie patterns, as yellow was considered a sacred colour in China. It goes well with black lacquered furniture and blue and white Chinese porcelain.
Yellow, black and white are an effective combination. I had to include the image below as I sourced it for a friend who had been searching for months to find some artwork to hang in her classic Edwardian-look black and white bathroom. I hope she decided to buy it in the end!.
Yellow suits traditional schemes particularly well. This is a lovely warm combination of yellow with orange accents. White furniture keeps the scheme light.
Do you like yellow? Have you used it as the main colour in your own house?
If you would like me to help in choosing a colour scheme for your next decorating project, email me: anthea @dressingroomsinteriors.co.uk or give me a ring on +0044 1323 641531.