Introducing yellow in to your bedroom

Yellow bedroom ideas and inspiration

Yellow is one of the colours of the moment for bedrooms and it’s easy to understand why. Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions and, in doing so, share ideas, inspiration and tips on how to make yellow work for you in your room…

Why is yellow such an appealing bedroom colour?

It radiates positivity and is one of those colours that can inject a feel-good factor in to the room. It’s a happy colour to wake up to and can brighten even the dullest of spaces.

Additionally, although it’s a colour that’s on trend at the moment, it’s never really fallen out of fashion and therefore you can be quite confident that your bedroom décor won’t become dated anytime in the foreseeable future.

How do I best apply yellow to my bedroom?

There are a variety of ways in which you can introduce yellow, with the most popular being:

  • Wallpaper or paint
  • Cushions or pillows
  • Bedspreads or throws
  • Lampshades
  • Wall art
  • Flowers (usually artificial)
  • Accent chairs
  • Carpet and rugs

    What are some of the most popular shades?

    A more comprehensive summary of the main shades can be found here, but the following are some of the most popular within domestic interior design:

    • Lemon
    • Mustard
    • Golden
    • Maximum
    • Light
    • Bright
    • Mellow

      How much is too much?

      Yellow certainly isn’t the shy, retiring type within any room and so unless you’re deliberately trying to make a bold statement, it’s often a case of ‘less is more’.

      In fact, unless you’re thinking of going all out, it’s sometimes advisable to consider yellow as an accent colour, thus ensuring it isn’t applied excessively. For example, one yellow accent wall, either painted or wallpapered, and an accompanying couple of bed cushions, could be all that’s needed to bring sufficient warmth to the room, without being overbearing.

      What colours should I coordinate with?

      Choosing a relatively neutral colour palette for a majority of the room will help to ensure that yellow doesn’t unnecessarily dominate.

      As you can see from many of the interiors shown here, white and various shades of grey work well with yellow. Neither will try to compete with the eye – they’re quite happy to sit back and let yellow take the limelight.

      Blue is another popular choice to coordinate with – whilst not as neutral as white or grey it tends to harmonise well.

      How can I use yellow to steer the room towards a traditional or more modern style?

      Yellow is a colour that is commonly associated with flowers and therefore featuring floral designs within the room – for example on bedsheet or cushion patterns - can help to create a warmer, more traditional look.

      If you’re seeking to create a more contemporary vibe then the opposite is true and you should endeavour to avoid floral designs.






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