For so long now we’ve all been hidden under a blanket of grey cloud and torrential rain, bereft of any decent periods of warmth and sunshine that it has inspired me to write about the colour yellow. My hope is that although we may not be enjoying the benefit of much sun at the moment, this newsletter article might help to bring about the warm memory of it to your imagination.
Light has such importance to us and there are those that for whom the lack of it can set off a form of depression and other uncomfortable symptoms in the ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ condition. We perceive the sun as yellow and its welcome appearance we find uplifting. In India the Hindus wear yellow to celebrate the season of spring. At a more primal level we recognise the importance of the sun to our own survival and the lifecycles of other plants and animals without whose growth and sustenance we too would not be able to survive.
Although I will quite often meet people who are a little nervous of wearing yellow, many appear quite happy to choose it as a decorating colour. Yellow appeared to be quite popular as a decorating colour in the 80′s and 90′s in kitchens, living rooms and even bedrooms. A designer that I recently met had told me that yellow was still by far the best selling colour within the Designers Guild paint range.
Yellow is an emotionally stimulating colour, it relates to our self-esteem, confidence and optimism. In a country not best known for its quality of light it is understandable that we should reach for the uplifting properties of yellow in paint can. However, as an emotionally stimulating colour its effect as a bedroom colour might not be so relaxing or restful. I have been told of a story relating to a hotel room many years ago that was decorated in a predominance of yellow and which happened to also be the room in whose occupants seemed to fall out with each other or cause problems for the hotel staff in some way! An over use of the colour in this room had the unfortunate effect of over-stimulating the emotions of those who stayed in it
However, yellow is a great colour to use in hallways and entrances where it will appear welcoming and friendly, as it will in other areas of the home or any property where an upbeat energy is required. From warm creams and buttery yellows to mustards and gold, the addition of yellow perhaps even with accessories can instantly add warmth and brighten up a room.
Bringing the sunshine in
In an office yellow can enhance confidence and positive communication and so can make an ideal colour to consider using perhaps within a sales environment.
**Tip** The same ‘rules’ apply when using yellow as with other colours – be wary of the over use or strength of the colour if you wish to create a harmonious scheme.
Useful paint colour references for yellow
Designers Guild - http://www.designercolours.com/colours/colourcard.php?man=18&ordered=y