Welcome summer with daring yellow accents

Louis De Poortere Cameo Rug - Vanilla Dream in living room with TV unit and sofa

Summer fills our homes with light and warmth and provides a welcome change from the grey and cold of winter. For many of us, we want to welcome summer with fresh colour in our home but we shy away from yellow for fear it will be ‘too much’, overpowering a space.

Yellow is a colour that many people think is tough to work with. Too bright a shade gives the space a child-like appeal but too dark borders on it having a negative impact on a space. And there is the question, ‘what colour complements yellow?’.

We have the answers as to how bright, warming yellow can add an air of sophistication, elegance and fun into a space.

In the Living Room

Louis De Poortere Vintage Patchwork Yellow Rug in living room with sofa and armchair

A communal space where the whole family relaxes will welcome a hint of yellow. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a wall colour but if you want a feature wall, consider wallpaper with dashes of yellow alongside grey or sky blue.

White looks great with yellow but choose a slightly more muted yellow as the white will lend luminosity to it. 

However, for more permanent yellow additions consider…


… a fantastic fireside wool rug, aglow with a vibrant yellow or consider a lighter shade of yellow to add a mellowness to the living room. This Louis de Poortere rug makes a real design statement, great for adding a dash of yellow to uplift any space.

Team your wool rugs with a rustic coffee table, complete with a vase of enchanting yellow roses.

Upholstered furniture

In a modern industrial look, you need smooth lines, low profiles with detail that catches the eye. These contemporary armchairs and matching sofas can be customised with yellow leather, perfect for those with more daring and confident tastes.

But if you feel the yellow armchair needs to be more golden, this stylish club chair will take your breath away…


Adorn the walls with golden framed mirrors and add yellow flowers to pick out the tones of reclaimed wood coffee tables. Illuminate the space with brass or gold effect table lamps, adding detail with hanging pendant lights too.

In the Dining Room

Yellow is a cheerful colour, perfect for the dining space in your home but you don’t have to limit yourself to yellow dining chairs. If you do, however, yellow upholstered modern dining chairs are perfect for highlighting the grandeur and the history of the reclaimed wood dining table.

Add bright yellow flowers, from blousy yellow tulips in spring to helplessly cheerful sunflowers and pretty, understated yellow roses. Yellow is a colour that works well in the farmhouse style, ideal for providing the accent for farmhouse furniture – choose a mellow, barely-there yellow for an authentic look.

Mellow yellow looks great on the walls or opt for yellow crockery, with a few accents pieces such as bright yellow jugs and platters on the reclaimed wood dresser.

In the Bedroom

Not forgetting the bedroom, yellow is perfect for adding a vibrancy that can invigorate and calm in equal measure.

We love upping the brightness in the bedroom during the summer with daring, vibrant bed linen – crisp, Egyptian cotton yellow sheet and pillow slips are not just for the spare room nor a child’s room. Match with vibrant, paisley patterned duvet covers and cushions to maximise the fun and frivolity of yellow.

Or team with light, pastel blue for a more toned down effect. For uber-modern, stick with your minimalist style and clean lines, marrying grey walls with mellow-yellow bedlinen.

Whatever the shade, adding yellow accents is sure to bring a little sunshine into any room you choose to use it in.

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