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Mellow Yellow: 10 Yellow Design Ideas For Your Living Room

Due to its lightness, yellow is often placed next to white. However, on the colour spectrum, yellow sits between green and red, and comes in a wide range of shades ranging from the almost-white cream to the murky dark goldenrod (and yes, ‘mellow yellow’ is a genuine shade of yellow). Here are some of the best ways of utilising this vibrant colour to the utmost in your home…

1. Pair Yellows with Violets

Violet is yellow’s complimentary colour, and the two set each other off beautifully. Indeed, the two colours can sometimes be seen together in nature, especially in flowers like lilacs and African violets.

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2. Lemon

Lemon is slightly brighter than your standard yellow, so too much of it in a room could prove to be overwhelming. This doesn’t mean that lemon can’t be used, though, and the below illustration by Kazuaki Yamauchi (or any other piece of quality artwork for that matter) would be a great way to introduce a bright colour into your room. Plus, lemon is one of the trendier colours around at the moment.

Illustration by Kazuaki Yamauchi.

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3. Pair Yellow with White

Is there any colour combination that screams Spring/Summer more than yellow and white? When the two are put together, it conjures up images of fields full of daisies, and the pairing works superbly if you’re trying to create a sense of lightness in a room.

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4. Mix Yellows with Greens and Greys

As strange as it may sound, olive green is actually a shade of yellow. The colour olive is made by adding a small amount of black to yellow paint or dye. This gives us a clue as to the sorts of other colours yellow goes well with. Grey is a great bridging colour between green and yellow, which is excellent news for those of you who like grey but want to stay away from the monochrome look.

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5. Yellow Sofas

An unusual colour for a sofa, perhaps, but a time-tested one. Many sofas made between the 1920s and 1970s eschewed more sedate colours in favour of brighter, zestier fabric colours as new production and dyeing techniques allowed furniture makers to explore different palettes.

Our Miss Daisy sofa in yellow.

6. Pair Yellows and Blues

Blue, much like violet, can complement yellow very well. The two are a popular combination, and a favourite amongst seaside-lovers everywhere. Those looking for a blue-yellow mix that is far less common might be interested in matching two lesser-known colours, such as buttercup and washed blue.

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7. Think Like Vincent Van Gogh

Actually, as Van Gogh liked to eat yellow paint (he thought it would make him happier), it is probably best not to take this advice too literally. However, yellow was one of Van Gogh’s favourite colours, and is used quite a lot in his paintings. This makes Van Gogh one of the ideal artists to look at if you want to find colours that blend well with yellow.

‘The Sower’ (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh.

8. Yellow Flowers

Daisies, sunflowers and daffodils are all great choices for garden and home. Australian daisies (aka ‘Billy buttons’) like Craspedia, Leiocarpa and Pycnosorus are fantastic alternatives, though, and far easier to keep indoors than sunflowers and the like.

Yellow billy buttons.

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9. Yellow Accents

This design approach works with pretty much all bright colours, drawing your eye to the accented object or area. And it can be applied to almost anything – a feature wall, a piece of furniture or other décor.

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10. All Yellow?

Yes, an all-yellow room can look good. The key to success, as with any single-colour room, is to use a variety of different tints and shades of that colour. Of course, it is possible to use just one shade of yellow to make a room look good, but it is often the case that there is another colour being used to ensure the room doesn’t look flat or boring.

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