How can I use yellow in a neutral, contemporary, straight-lined home without overwhelming my space?
Colour plays a very important role not only by creating an ambience, but also in the emotions it evokes in the users of the space. Colour therapists believe that yellow adds cheer, increases self-esteem and strengthens overall well-being. Though it falls in the “warm” colour category, it has a subtle and fresh quality which symbolizes restfulness rather than overstimulation. So, yes, yellow can be used effectively, especially in dining rooms, sun rooms and hallways.
Colour therapists recommend yellow in dining areas
In choosing the correct shades of yellow, remember the paler tones will blend well into contemporary spaces, while the richer tones are good for creating an impact in classical spaces. Yellow mixes well with other colours. For a perfect Mediterranean summer scheme, yellow can be mixed well with blues, from pale blues to navy blue. It can be used effectively with red for a bolder impact, with lime green for a nature-inspired look, and white for a spring feel. For a subtle, more masculine look, yellow mixes well with grey and mauve.
Here are a few ways to work yellow into your room:
Add a yellow patterned curtain to a window overlooking a green outdoor patch. Use wallpaper with yellow-coloured Victorian motifs over a white background. This adds a great contrast to a more contemporary setting. Use fresh daffodils or lemons in a vase as accessories, to add the colour in a different texture. Paint one wall yellow, or if you have a key architectural feature in the room, such as a fireplace, paint it yellow to create a focal piece.
Yellow is indeed a bold colour, but it can lend a wide variety of effects to a space, and it can evoke a range of very pleasing emotions, so be bold with it. It is not as risky and intimidating as it might first appear.
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