Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Spring Style Updates

As the weather outside starts to brighten up, you may also be thinking about ways to brighten up your home! Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your interiors with the latest looks, by either adding a few colourful accessories, or making a big change – and what better colour could be used to brighten up your home than yellow?

Whether you are a lemon lover, or if you prefer the toned-down pastel shades – it doesn’t matter! Either way, yellow is set to be one of the biggest trends this Spring. It’s easy to see why it is such a popular shade, it is energising, has the ability to lift moods and it warms and adds brightness to even the most dull and lifeless rooms.

According to the Chinese Feng Shui theory on colour, yellow represents joy and peace and can help improve your frame of mind. So how can you add yellow into your home without it looking too garish? And what kind of yellows look best?

Pair yellow with a complementing neutral colour – While you may not want to pair yellow with white or cream (this could make it look too bright) Grey goes perfectly with yellow, as it counterbalances the acidity often associated with yellow tints. Monochrome and Teal also work well with yellow, while black works best if you are planning on using more than one shade.

Know your undertones – There is no one standard “yellow” colour, and it can be seen with either red or blue undertones. Red undertoned yellows will appear slightly more orange and will create a warm, inviting environment, whereas blue untertoned yellows will appear cooler and are best used sparingly to avoid creating a cold environment.

Size of the room and lighting effects – The size of the room you are decorating, as well as the amount of natural light it receives are the two most important considerations when it comes to adding yellow to a room. A small room that receives a little amount of light will do best with bright, bold yellows as they work to brighten a room. A large room that has lots of light suits pastel, muted yellows best.

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