Yellow room ideas – guaranteed to turn up the heat

Warm colours bring joy to decorates spaces. Be inspired by these sunny shades.

Have you always lusted after yellow room ideas, but haven’t had the courage to decorate in this sunny palette? Warm colours are having something of a revival, so perhaps now is the time to decorate ‘sunny side up’.

In her latest book, Recipes for Decorating, Farrow & Ball’s colour consultant Joa Studholme notes that we are embracing stronger shades when decorating our homes. These include the range of hues from reds and pinks to oranges and yellows found on the warm half of the colour wheel. Much research has been done into how colours affect our mood. Yellow inspires optimism, creating a summery feel; team it with charcoal and black for modern look.

‘Current trends show a real shift towards brighter colours with a clean-cut finish,’ says Sue Kim, senior colour designer at Valspar. ‘When choosing a paint colour, don’t forget to look beyond the walls – consider the ceiling, skirting, window frames and mouldings and how they can be brought into the scheme.’

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While the popularity of the colour has been revived in recent times, the hue itself isn’t new – the colour yellow is one of the oldest shades in history. Take a look at our selection of yellow room ideas for inspiration.

GOLDEN HOUR

With this classic scheme in superb sunshine yellows, interior designer Veere Grenney provides a masterclass on how to brighten a north-facing room. It features wallpaper, bed curtains and valances in Belvedere in Straw, with curtains in Verandah, also in Straw, both from the designer’s collections.

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SPICE IT UP

Rich turmeric has a Seventies feel and pairs beautifully with warm woods, as epitomised in this bedroom decorated by Maria Speake of Retrouvius. She has continued the reclaimed parquet flooring up the wall to form a chic panelled headboard, and painted the radiators in the same colour as the walls to blend into the space. ‘Ochre hues are ideal for adding a burst of intense golden warmth. A palette of rich mustard with deeper grey creates a well balanced look,’ says Laura O’Connell, product manager, Thomas Sanderson.

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EXPERT EYE

‘I love all colours. When you open the door, even if the room isn’t filled with sunlight, colour can alter your mood dramatically and that should never be underestimated. Sunshine isn’t always a guarantee, so I like to add a touch of yellow to brighten up our schemes,’ says Kit Kemp, co-founder, Firmdale Hotels.

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SUMMER SOLSTICE

Grey is the versatile and much-loved neutral and teamed with soft camomile and primrose yellows can create a gentle but energising feel to a room that works with any style. Here, citrus hues draw to eye and add a bright summery lift, while an intricately patterned trellis design for the walls immediately gives this room a gentle exoticism. 

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PERFECT SETTING

Use tones of mustard yellow in your home to provide a clever mix of brightness and warmth. Fantastic mixed with crisp white or warm wood furniture, this sunny shade looks great with an additional contrast colour such as grey, black or duck egg blue.

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DETAILS MATTER

Add a pinch of the unexpected. Be brave enough to introduce a bold element of surprise – sometimes the successful use of colour relies on less, not more. Concentrating furniture and accessories featuring strong pattern and brightly coloured plains in a confined space is a good way to define a seating area within an all-white room. 

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ON THE WALL

Mustard yellow is having a moment this season. This versatile colour works well in modern and country schemes. Using the same mustard yellow for the faux dado rail border and the stencilled frieze helps to bring the space together. 

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FOCAL FEATURE

Colour is important in all room schemes, and it’s only too easy to forget about colour in the bathrooms, with the vast choice of timber and white schemes available. Symbolising energy and optimism, yellow is a great colour choice for the bathroom.

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