Lemon, mustard, honey, gold… yellow in its myriad of happy hues has long been recognised in interior design for its cheerful impact on spaces, helping to lift the ambience with positivity and playfulness. This year, with so many of us filled with uncertainty about the future — and spending more time at home than ever before — it’s not surprising to learn that Australians are looking to insert more mood-lifting yellows into their homes to harness the happy vibes. It’s the hottest homewares colour of the season.
“Yellow is the happiest colour on the spectrum,” says Mamta Johl, Early Settler’s homewares expert. “It is one of my favourite colours right now. It is bright and cheerful and adds a refreshing hint of colour to a room. It makes for a great accent and statement.”
With the world of interior design echoing that of fashion, it’s clear to see this hot new trend is universal. One only has to look to the catwalks to see that everyone from Marc Jacob to Ralph Lauren is parading ‘Spongebob Yellow’. It’s the colour of the spring/summer season. It resonates with blissful summer days, barefoot walks on the sand and frosty lemon gelato cones… not to mention that guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Yellow is the essence of sunshine on your cheeks.
Warming up the predominantly neutral and monotone hues in our homes, part of the allure of yellow is that, as it’s so vibrant, it’s easy to elevate the entire ambience of a room with a few well-selected accessories, like cushions, artwork and faux flowers. Golden accents, on the other hand, work to instantly introduce a level of luxury that enriches spaces and infuses a subtle air of opulence — even in relaxed homes.
When accented over darker and more dramatic pieces of furniture in anchoring shades such as graphite grey and charcoal, even the palest shades of yellow and pastels can magically elevate the entire space and infuse an element of optimism.
Yellow and navy blue, too, work surprisingly well together. The everlasting sophistication of dark blue gets a contemporary facelift with yellow accent pieces. “It creates a nice visual contrast between a warm colour and a cold one,” explains Mamta.
Fresh, fun and infusing our homes with some much-needed positivity in the pandemic world, just check out this season’s gorgeous range of pastel, lemon, mustard, honey and gold homewares and accessories in-store or online and you’ll be walking on sunshine…