Yellow Is the Décor Colour of 2022 — Here’s How to Incorporate It Into Your Own Home


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In colour therapy, certain colours are proven to evoke certain emotions, so bringing them into your home décor can greatly impact your mood. For example, red can make you feel anxious, however, greens are generally associated with peace and tranquility. Meanwhile, pale blues can help you to focus and feel serene.

After two tumultuous years of uncertainty, it comes as no surprise that yellow — a colour associated with happiness and optimism— has emerged as a huge colour trend for interiors in 2022. It’s like the home decor version of dopamine dressing, embracing pops of this sunshine hue in your home can really boost your mood and inspire creativity.

Yellow, specifically light pastel yellow, has been seen everywhere in the interiors world lately. It’s been included in projects by renowned designer and colour expert India Mahdavi, and features on both Dulux and Haymes colour forecasts for 2022. As both a bright and warm shade, it’s a great colour choice to lift any room. Given that it’s said to be one of the most mood-boosting shades you can use in your home, it’s the perfect antidote to the pandemic.

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Whether you decide to go all out and paint every wall yellow, or introduce sorbet-hued accents sparingly, here’s how to incorporate it into your home.

Pick the Right Shade

Yellow is a tricky colour to get right in interior design — while bright yellow definitely gives a summer vibe, too much can feel overwhelming and aggressive. If you love yellow but you’re not sure how to introduce it in your home, opt for a pale, buttery yellow. It’s a safer option and will bring a fresh and relaxed feel to a room while also making it seem more spacious.

Splash It Everywhere

Pale yellow is a subtle enough colour that you can treat it as a neutral tone and use lashings of it, and it won’t seem overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to paint a feature wall, go for some patterned wallpaper, or even add some furniture like a lemon-hued couch, to really lift the mood and brighten up the space.

Or Take a More Restrained Approach

If painting the walls or investing in yellow furniture seems too much, inject pops of this sunshine hue via artwork or accessories, like candlesticks, plates like No 22 Capri Da Paoloino Yellow Dinner Plate ($129 for 4), or even soft furnishings.

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For the bedroom specifically, consider sheets in yellow. Bed Threads’ sheets in Limoncello (starting at $340) bring pale yellow into the space and create a bright yet inviting feel. Especially if you are renting or live in a smaller space, bedding is an easy, non-committal way to embrace the trend, and luxurious bed linen instantly elevates the whole room.

Let Yellow Be the Hero With Neutrals

Pastel yellow works best with a neutral base. It really pops against crisp white with black accents. Or, styling it in a space that features light beige tones and natural wood furniture creates a warm and cosy vibe.

Layer It With Other Warm Colours

A slightly bolder option is to layer pale yellow with a palette of other warm, summery shades. For instance, you could style a duvet cover that’s pale yellow with rust-coloured sheets to evoke lazy sun-soaked Mediterranean holidays.

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