Hello Sunshine

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BINDU GOPAL RAO
Published Jul 9, 2018, 12:15 am IST
Updated Jul 9, 2018, 12:15 am IST
While the monsoon clouds may be playing hide and seek, it is time to brighten up your home to beat the blues outside.
Have a single yellow wall that you can complement with a rug of the same colour.
 Have a single yellow wall that you can complement with a rug of the same colour.

A change of season is the best excuse to give your home a makeover. And with the rains making an official appearance, the best way to overcome the gloomy weather is to add a splash of yellow in your home interiors.

Do it Right

 

The easiest way to incorporate yellow in a home is through paint. Paint a yellow accent wall in your living, or dining room to make a statement and get a nice modern look. Contrast this accent wall by painting the remaining walls white or grey. “You can spruce up any room by opting for a bright yellow lounge chair as a statement piece. You can even use yellow stools as seating in the many creative spaces of your home. Yellow cushions can go a long way in changing the way your living room or bedroom looks. From lamp shades, to rugs or even a set of yellow themed frames, all can instantly brighten up a space. For outdoor decor, yellow can be a great colour to play around with. Much outdoor furniture now comes in shades of nice yellow. For choosing the right shade, consider the style of your outdoor garden to determine what would work best,” says Vinita Passary, founder, Translate.

Custom Cues
Doing up your interiors is all about individual taste and the look you want to achieve whether traditional or contemporary. For instance, a minimal pop of colour instead of going for a complete yellow wall or large yellow piece of furniture adds a contemporary touch. Likewise, you can have Ikat fabrics that work beautifully in yellow shades, especially for cushions and curtains. According to Nomita Kohli, an interior designer and co-founder, Wisma Atria Interiors, “Furniture plays a vital role in any home as it is a conversation starter. So add consoles, chest drawer in yellow to give a powerful look to your home interiors. Further, you can also add a canopy in the shade of yellow, contrasting it with your bed in a white shade that would be perfect to give a fresh and crisp feeling. Add chandeliers and table lamps to your living, dining area or bedrooms in yellow, to give your home an elegant and sophisticated look. You can also add rugs in the same colour matching the walls.”

Colour Coded

If you are hesitant about the use of bright colours, yellow is a good starting point. Pick a wall, nook, corner or even a small niche. “Paint it yellow, and see how quickly you transform your space, giving it some cheery magic. Team it with a deep, cobalt blue and create a room reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Yellow and blue can be a striking combination for the kitchen. Paint your kitchen cabinets yellow and create a backsplash with patterned blue tiles. Team it with red and orange, and you get a warm and beautiful colour palette. Go traditional, with block-printed fabric from Jaipur, and offset it with natural teak finishes and touches of antiqued brass to create an eclectic space,” says Jyotika Purwar, founder of Walter & The Studio in Mumbai.

Getting Roomy

The yellow colour trend will work in any room as long as you know how to style it. For a modern look, paint a yellow accent wall in a living room or basement to make a statement. “Contrast this accent wall by painting the remaining walls gray. Try using yellow in your home office. Colour theorists say yellow inspires productivity and creativity. If subtle is your thing, choose a paler shade. Certain hues can look light gray or even white, but will show their true colour in certain lights,” says Astha Khetan, founder and director, The House of Things. And Sameer Hora, MD-IDUSm, elaborates further, “Adding accessories in a yellow colour or furniture contrasting with the colour theme can also work well. Further, a dash of yellow can also add a twist to your kitchen. You can add bright yellow dishware or you can also use cabinets in yellow colour combining with beige wooden countertops or cabinets.” Yellow represents the 60s era, which is often known, as the golden era. The chroma of a yellow colour palette is so
strong and vibrant that it is hard to ignore. “It represents a generation with a strong and bold mind-set, yet having a warm and compassionate nature. Yellow is an ideal colour for smaller rooms in an apartment which do not get adequate sunlight during the day. Using any shades of yellow (either lighter or darker shades) can make a room look spacious and it exudes warmth and joy. Yellow can capture sunlight and uplift one’s mood. Yellows are perfect for kitchen, small bedrooms and dining rooms,” opines Abhijit Roy, MD and CEO, Berger Paints. So are you ready for the yellow splash?

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