Why are we are seeing yellow accents in interiors this new year?

Colour trends that we see today are retrospective, they are a reaction to lots of influencing factors from two to three years beforehand. Think of what was happening two or three years ago, we saw the economy plumet. So maybe yellow was chosen for its positive psychological qualities, influencing happiness, optimism and bringing confidence for the future.

Psychological properties of the colour yellow.

Every colour has positive and negative psychological properties. The positive qualities for yellow are happiness, optimism and confidence.  However being surrounded by too much yellow, the wrong yellow for you or the wrong tone against other tones within your colour scheme can have negative effects such as irrationality and anxiety hence the expression ‘yellow streak’.

How you can harness the postivie effects.

Be mindful of how much yellow you intend to use.  Limit yourself to features such as cushions, ornaments or maybe a feature wall.  It is very important to select the correct yellow for you.  See which shades you are confortable with first.  Try before you buy and see how you react with the colour before commiting to paint and wallpapers or purchasing high price tag soft furnishings.

Where best to use yellow and where to avoid.

Hallways are the best places to use yellow as these are usually dark, as yellow is a welcoming colour this will lighten the mood when entering the property. The breakfast room or dinning room is also a good place to use yellow this will create a sunny, happy start the day.

It is havs been advise that it is best to avoid using too much yellow in the bedroom, as to sleep in a room that is decorated using a lot of yellow will, over time, make you irritable and annoyed. Believe it or not even when you’re asleep the psychological properties of a colour still work.




The growing popularity of grey, why is this?

Grey is again seen as trendy, fashionable and also aspirational.  Grey is said to enhance the feeling of belonging, inclusion and acceptance. It's been suggested that during these uncertain times we are all facing, people may be looking for security therefore surrounding themselves with gradient greys.

Psychological properties of the colour grey.

Believe it or not grey is the only colour that doesn’t have any positive psychological properties. It's dubbed as the colour to wear when you don’t want to be seen, refered to as ‘cloaking the personality’. Grey incites seriousness and the projecting the message ‘I mean business’. 

A few words of warning.

Grey can evoke a lack of confidence, fear of exposure and hiding. In the home grey becomes a cocoon to surround yourself with from the outside world as if you were going into hibernation. Grey is perfect for a quick 'calm me down' however there are side effects to too much grey in the home, over time this can be energy draining. There are many other colours that support the emotions without draining them.  

What are the best greys to go for?

It’s best to use the shade of grey that you feel most comfortable with. The most popular choices we have found are warm greys (yellow based) and cool greys (blue based).  See our 28mm Victory wood pole collection for a couple of great examples.

Is there anywhere you should avoid using grey in the home?

Avoid using grey in the bedroom especially in childrens bedrooms and any area where that requires creativity.