Sunshine state of mind…add spark to your scheme with yellow

Yellow is the ideal accent colour to add spark to your home - team mustard yellow with grey for a very on-trend, mid-century look, or mix bright yellow with blue for a high-contrast scheme. You can also use very pale yellow as a neutral with darker colours. Add the sunshine shade to your home with golden buys...


Despite Pantone’s promises that Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463 for the colour geeks amongst you) is the colour for 2012 – yellow was still everywhere at the design trade shows at the start of this year and continues to shine on.

Yellow is one of those colours that just makes you smile. It’s the colour of daffodils, the colour of sunshine and, some say, the colour of happiness.

You can use it in the garden to bring warmth and a sense of optimism for the year ahead.

It’s claimed that yellow can aid creative thinking, stimulate the mind and the nervous system, and encourage communication, so why not add some to your working space?

[Top: Elegant and simple - the Muuto Bulky Tea Pot, The Lollipop Shoppe. Above: Rock the mid-century vibe with these Festival Plates by Mini Moderns for Magpie]

“Oh yes! He loved yellow, did good Vincent...When the two of us were together in Arles, both of us insane, and constantly at war over beautiful colours; I adored red,' said Paul Gauguin.

Top facts about yellow:

75% of pencils sold in the United States are yellow. This was originally to signify that they contained Chinese graphite, which in 1800 was the best in the world. In China, yellow is a uniquely popular colour and associated with royalty and respect.

Psychologically, yellow is the colour that makes you happiest.

DC comic book character Green Lantern was afraid of yellow.

In Japan, yellow is the colour of courage.

[Above: Japonica artwork by Freya Cummings (at ACHICA from 7am Sat 14 April 2012).

Top songs with yellow in the title. Can you think of any more?

Yellow - Coldplay

Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John



[Above: Spread a little happiness with Don’t Leave Me by Hay tray with legs, Skandium. First introduced in 1955, the yellow KitchenAid mixer will add a cheerful retro pop to any kitchen scheme, Cotswold Trading. Team this Yellow Moroccan Pouf with a grey interior for an on-trend splash of colour, Bohemian Design]

[Above: Brighten up your walls with the Bigger Boat silkscreen print, Mengsel. Even the name of the ‘Hee’ Lounge Chair from HAY makes us smile, The Lollipop Shoppe. How time flies! Yellow Butterfly Clock, Cult Furniture]

[Above: Bring some sunshine to your garden whatever the weather with the Trestle Table by Jennifer Newman. Below: Zwilling and Staub cast iron cookware, at ACHICA from 7am Sat 14 April 2012]





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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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