They called it Mellow Yellow

So this morning’s post is giving today the honorary title of Mammoth Monday. Capitalised because this is a beast of a post. I hope you enjoy reading it and I can’t wait to hear what you think of my ideas… here goes!

I’m a pretty ‘snap decision’ type of person. I’m decisive and I know what I like, and todays round up is no exception. I’ve been having a love-affair with yellow in home decor for a while, but I really hadn’t considered it as a wall covering until recently. I was visiting the ultra stylish home of my friend Becky from Blossom and admired her bold choice of wallpaper in the hallway. She then told me a story of her Mum visiting a stately home and telling her how warm and welcoming it felt in a room that had been beautifully decorated in yellow. Now I look back, my favourite house as a child also had a yellow hallway and people who visited always said what a friendly vibe it had. Becky had actually gone to all the trouble of seeking out a yellow wallpaper for that exact purpose… to make visitors feel at home – now that’s the hostess with the mostess right there!

*Images – Yellow Hallway and Yellow and grey wallpaper (like Becky’s)

In actual fact, I think yellow has been somewhat in the desert for a few years as other colours and neutral minimalism have taken its place in the spotlight. (I don’t mind saying that I found some really passé examples of yellow decor when researching this feature.) However, it’s clear to see, Yellow is everywhere…

*Images – Bed and yellow living room.

One of the most contemporary examples is a yellow and grey colour palette and it was this that Becky pulled off beautifully in her contemporary modern hallway, with a grey dresser as an accent piece. Lots of the examples of yellow that I’m seeing are also very contemporary or graphic with black and white, but yellow can also be boho if that’s more your style…

*Images – Wall Art, Boho bedding and eclectic chic.

I love the statement yellow art work against the eclectic collection of bits and pieces in the top left picture here, but I also love the completely eccentric deocr using intricate patterns of yellow and ethnic intricacies with this wall hanging and throw.

*Modern modular yellow sofa, yellow stripes, Quirky yellow chesterfield sofa and murky shades of grey and mustard.

And don’t you just love a yellow sofa? A girl can dream…

One of my absolute favourite styles of decor is seeing colour pop brights artfully mixed and clashed. The yellow doors in this stylish interior literally make my heart sing – Surely you couldn’t fail to be happy with those in your life? Or how about a yellow red and pink combo? Sounds tricky doesn’t it? Or super stylish, with some oversized artwork thrown in and painted wooden furniture.

*Yellow doors and both yellow and brights images.

Or for the boldest-at-heart, how about yellow and teal or turquoise?

(Blue and Yellow) Images here and here

However, I’m getting off topic here. The purpose of the post was to find a round up of yellow wallpapers…

First up are 2 of my favourites. I actually have lampshades in Osbourne and Little’s Pompadour pattern (shown below left) and the out-there florals on this contemporary grey and yellow painterly design are beautiful… imagine them en-masse?

*Geometric Lime-yellow on white gold metallic background – Du Barry from Osbourne and Little’s Pompadour collection and Yellow floral, Ginevra from the Grand Tour papers, O&L.

Cole and Son are probably my favourite wallpaper manufacturers and each roll feels like a work of art, from the quality to the printing – worth every penny and with enough variety to satisfy the post-modernist or the naturalist.

Pompeian and Fan Tree both by Cole and Son.

Lots of yellows lean towards green. Lime, acid or chartreuse, I still love them and zingy shades plus the little humming birds shown here almost make my perfect wallpaper.

*Birds – Grove Garden from the Wallpaper 5 collection, O&L and Tulips Jewel of Spring from Hothouse by O&L

But what have I chosen after all of this searching? I wanted something warm and welcoming, homey but contemporary and suited to the rustic salvage look I so love. So this is the one for me… Cole and Son’s Cow Parsley, a design I have loved forever but didn’t until recently know was available in yellow. Soon to be installed in my hallway 🙂

I’ll share the rest of the make over as soon as it’s done!

Tell me, do you like yellow? Do you still feel it’s dated? Or is it too bold for you? Do you love some of the rooms I’ve shared here and are you feeling inspired?


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