Category Archives: Yellow

Colour in the contemporary kitchen

A kitchen remodel is disruptive and expensive; you wouldn’t want to do it more than once (at least not in the same house), so how do you work out a style which is uplifting, personal to you and will stand the test of time?

Remember all those kitchen catalogues a few years ago displaying high gloss red/orange/lime/purple units? That was a fad. There is nothing timeless about a fad. So a fail-proof way is to keep the main units and worktop neutral (neutral spans quite a range – white, cream, brown, charcoal, greige, steel – you’re not short of choices) then add pizazz through splashbacks, tiles, seating, wall colour etc. In the unlikely event that you tire of your once-favourite colour in some years’ time, then just revamp your kitchen by painting/re-tiling/installing a new glass splashback/changing the seats.

Here are some contemporary kitchens which I think have lasting appeal, and are also lively and fun.


I am not a fan of light wood veneer, but the tiles are STUNNING (love that they’ve been put up vertically rather than conventionally horizontally) and totally save this kitchen from blandness.


Add some Moroccan-inspired touches to a stainless steel kitchen and voilà, it’s a fun vibrant space. The mix of the cool sky blue glass splashback with warm red, orange and pink accents is delightful.


Industrial polished concrete mixed with lovely sunny yellow… swoon!! The art is fabulous and that lamp is so unexpected and cute! Adorable stools too.


The floor-to-ceiling teal glass doors make this light, bright neutral kitchen utterly amazing.


This family kitchen is just darling! Using different doors and worktop on the island, lovely task lighting and different coloured chairs give this such a laid-back yet vibrant atmosphere.


I have had this in my picture library for years, and it still makes me stop and stare. White walls, white floor and sleek white kitchen make a perfect backdrop to the teal accent wall (how cool is the large bird sticker/painting?!), cute flowery rug, poptastic upholstered seating cubes, gorgeous chair cushion fabric and that ceiling light… all bloomin’ GORGEOUS!


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Bring me some sunshine

Another day out in the wet weather, my hair has got huge and I feel “meh”. I struggle with January; the cold, wet and dark days are no longer synonymous with holiday cheer, they’re just cold, wet and dark. One of my (major) motivations for success is being able to jet off to an exotic paradise every January. For the whole month. Until then, my relief comes from these images of lovely bright spaces that I’ve classed as “sunny” in my picture library.


I bet the little’un is dreaming very sunny dreams!




I am definitely getting some bright sunny art for my home


Colours of the sun and sky


Can I sleep here tonight?


Sunniest chair I’ve ever seen!


This is more of a “setting sun” image… love the warm tones

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Decorating with primary colours

Happy 2011 everybody!!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and merry time over the holidays with your loved ones. Here’s to a joyous and colourful year ahead!

As my first post of the year, I’m going back to basics and looking at the primary colours. Thinking of red, blue and yellow combined in a scheme might conjure up images of a child’s floor covered in toys or a crazy/loud/fun (pick your adjective) room like this –

Sure, primary colours pack quite a punch, but you can still use them in more relaxed settings. There are just a couple of tricks to remember:

  1. The pure primaries are very intense so either
    (a) use in a small concentrated dose such a piece of art, or
    (b) use more muted (easier to live with) derivations of these colours, e.g. reddy-brown, red-orange, turquoise, teal, yellow-orange, light ochre… Ok so they are no longer primary colours, they are secondary or tertiary or even several more dimensions away from the pure primaries but that’s ok, we’re still talking about shades of red, blue and yellow and besides, design is all about creative freedom. 😉
  2. Use lots of white and a bit of other neutral colours to balance out the strong colours.

Here is some red, blue and yellow loveliness!

The canvas is all the colour this room needs!


A pretty wild room! The lampshade totally sets the scene here.


Traditional elegance in bold colours!


Sofa in lovely teal, yellow wallpaper, red-orange scatter cushions = gorgeous!


Loving the soft blue velvet chair!


I adore this sweet little eating nook… it is inspirational how natural and effortless this red, blue and yellow combination looks!

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Filed under Blue, Design, Red, Yellow

Happy yellow

Bright yellow was hot last year, it’s been even hotter through spring and summer this year and, judging from its appearances in autumn collections, it looks like it’s here to stay a while – hoorah! Bright yellow is a favourite colour for many (and a very close second to my favourite teal) and it’s easy to see why, as it’s such a happy uplifting sunshiny colour. Being a strong colour, even a little goes a long way…

Animal hide furniture and furnishings popped with yellow – that’s a thumbs up from me!

Bold monochrome stripes + cutesy yellow chair with pink trim = fabulous style!

Small space, big style!

Just add art…

Modern rustic gorgeousness!

Big cushy sunflower yellow sofa to sink into = bliss!


Classic trick for introducing colour to a room – wallpaper or paint the back of shelves.



Thinking about painting your doors?

How sweet is this?!

I really admire the boldness of this decor and while I could never pull it off in my home, it is so much fun to look at!


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