I’m pretty sure at some point that it will eventually stop raining but until then I’m going to have to attempt to create my own rays of sunshine by adding a bit of yellow to my life.
Now yellow isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, mine included. I haven’t used it my own home since I had lemon sponged bedroom walls in the nineties (with a rather fetching sunflower border). However, as it seems to have hit the high street I have decided to embrace all shades of the sun.
If, like me, you’re afraid to decorate with a full-on yellow palette, I’ve knocked up a couple of looks for you to consider. Both use this very cheerful accent and could work with your existing decor.
Bold & Bright
The first uses a bold graphic monochrome base with plenty of chevrons and stripes. I adore black and white decor as it has a timeless elegance. However it can be slightly clinical and so it’s nice to add an extra hue or two to liven it up. Here I’ve layered in a vivid yellow cushion or two to break up the black and white (the majority being from H&M), and piled up a few throws (from Amara and HomeSense).
Daffodils are the easiest way to add a splash of colour to a room. They are dirt cheap and they make a real colour pop here against our black metal stool (from Home Bargains!).
Finally the striking Eames Tray would look gorgeous either just on display or perched on the bed with your favourite cuppa and magazine.
The second scene embraces my love of the industrial decor that is so very popular right now. I have a grey and blue man cave in my own home and I’m quite taken by the masculine colour scheme, especially combined with galvanised steel and aged wood. Not going to lie though, it can be a little too moody sometimes so to cheer up this particular room I went for mustard and ochre tones.
Once again the majority of the cushions are from H&M, with a few others thrown in from Next and Orla Keily. I am seriously in love with the Bronte blanket as it’s super soft as well as adding a lot of texture to the room too.
For an easy piece of art I downloaded vintage illustrations from the Graphics Fairy and after printing, secured them in place with Washi Tape. If you’re not familiar with the tape of the washi variety, it’s basically pretty masking tape originating from Japan. Although it’s sticky it can easily be removed so is perfect for using on your walls, especially as it comes in every colour you could possibly imagine.
The final touch was to add ‘Billy Balls’ yellow stems to our table adding a natural element that compliments the room perfectly.
Have you decorated any rooms in your home in this happy and optimistic hue? Are you feeling a bit inspired to add a splash of sun to a room in your house?