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Hello Yellow! The Season’s Hottest Homewares Colour


Here comes the sun

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.”

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Walking on sunshine

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.

Perfect pairings

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.

“Yellow looks fantastic when partnered with grey,” says Mamta. “They’re a match made in heaven. Chic and ultra-modern, they work beautifully together in patterns such as chevron and herringbone to create a contemporary neutral. You can expect to see a lot more it in the world of interior design.”

Elegant & elevating

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.

“It’s so easy to give your living room an instant lift of life and playfulness with cushions or artwork. From bumblebees to vibrant bouquets, we’ve selected a stunning array of yellow-toned accessories this year that we’re very excited about. Yellow décor adds the illusion of light to darker areas, and in bright rooms, it’s absolutely luminous.”

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Uplifting a classic

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.

A serious and elegant colour, navy blue is all about tradition and timelessness, which is why it’s often the colour of choice in classic, country and Hamptons-inspired homes. “Dark blue against crisp white looks coastal or maritime — it’s very traditional,” says Mamta. “Yet you add some sunshine yellow and the space becomes modern and vivacious, while offering vibrant visual pops of colour that instantly draw the eye.”

More in-store

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…

Yellow not your cup of tea? Don’t miss our story on classic blue — the Pantone Colour of the Year; pretty in pink; and gorgeous greens.

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