2018 has been quite a year for vibrant, uplifting, life-affirming yellow. Love it or hate it (yellow is said to be the most divisive of all the colours) fashion and interiors collections have been full of it. Even the weather has obliged with almost surreal amounts of golden sunshine.
So, yellow – where do you stand? Full disclosure, until a short time ago I wasn’t a fan at all. I banned the colour entirely from both home and garden and I’ve only recently been converted to its sunny charms. Even now I’m talking about just a few very specific shades of yellow. And several others are still firmly on the forbidden list.
Pastel and bright yellows – think soft primrose and zesty, citrussy lemon – are easy to associate with spring and summer. But even as the summer wanes, there’s no reason to say goodbye to this cheerful hue. If anything, it continues to feature even more strongly for the coming season, with rich shades of ochre, mustard and turmeric proving the perfect partners for the autumn/winter months.
Above: via niki-jones.co.uk | Nicky Jones textiles against backdrop of Farrow & Ball Downpipe and Plummet greys
Yellow looks gorgeous with all the dark greys, blues and greens that are popular at the moment. Shades of yellow also partner beautifully with AW18’s new season shades such as brown and lavender. Yes, folks, brown is making a comeback although in a very 21st century way as opposed to a throwback to the 1970’s (top tip, don’t pair with orange unless retro is very much your thing).
And don’t forget pink. Blush pink is firmly established as a new, contemporary neutral (read more here). One of my favourite colour pairings is pink alongside a mustardy yellow, or even one that’s very heavy on the green or grey and heading therefore towards chartreuse or olive. Need convincing? Take a look at these two retail projects below:
Rachel Comey Flagship Store NYC | Image via In/Out |Photography by Dustin Aksland
Pink and mustard-yellow velvet panels used by India Mahdavi for the interior of the RED Valentino boutique on Sloane Street, London. See also the pink/olive circles on the floor? So clever. I could look at this all day.
So here are my top picks to bring yellow into your home and wardrobe for the new season. What better way to extend the summer and inject this uplifting, fortifying colour into the darker days of autumn and winter?
Jonah Mustard Yellow Stoneware Mug, Habitat | Charley King Size Ottoman in Yolk Yellow, MADE | Ochre Cashmere Scarf, John Lewis | Picardie Glasses in Amber, Heal’s | Fitz Velvet Cocktail Chair, Swoon Editions | Anglepoise Lamp Margaret Howell Edition, Heal’s | Vivian Beaded Blouse, Anthropologie
Upwell Sofa in Mustard, John Lewis | Gabrielle Silk Wrap Dress, Whistles | Kartell Masters Chair in Mustard, Amara | Yellow Origami Vase, Liberty London | Yellow Fan Resin Earrings, John Lewis | Joss Pedal Bin, MADE | HAY Dot Cushion in Golden Yellow, Amara | Ochre Block Printed Rug, French Connection
Chinese Tree Lamp Shade and Cushions by Anna Jacobs, Amara
So, what do you think? Yellow – yes or no? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Have a happy (and hopefully sunny) weekend.