The UK isn’t known for its endless days of sunshine, but there is a way your can bring a bit of cheer into your home by decorating it with yellow. Even the dullest and drabbest days will seem much brighter, when you’ve got a touch of yellow on your walls. But don’t make the mistake of rushing down to the DIY store and picking the first shade of yellow you find. If not done properly inviting yellow into your home could go horribly wrong. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.
Take a trip to the paint store, and pick out as many paint swatches as you like. Take a few moments and decide on three you like the best. These are the colours you’re going to take home and try on for size, so to speak. Try and buy some testing pots in the colours you like, or if this isn’t possible buy the smallest amount you can. When you get home paint 3 wide strips of cardboard in the colours you’ve chosen, and stick them to the walls that you’re planning to paint.
Leave them stuck to the walls for at least 24 hours, so you can appreciate how the colours change in the different light. By the end of this important testing period you will probably have decided on one as your favourite. According to handy workers in London, when it comes to your ceilings, sky blue is a great compliment for yellow. You could try the same technique as you did for the walls. White will make a good colour to use for the skirting boards and any trims.
Now you’ve decided on your colour scheme, for the walls and ceilings, it’s time to get some ideas for the fixtures and fittings, and ways that you can compliment the yellow, without it all getting too much. Thumb through some decorating, or home and garden magazines. Better still trawl through the internet for some interesting ideas. Pinterest is a great place for picking up tips, seeing what other people are doing with their homes, and what’s a popular trend.
Don’t rush straight in to making any changes. Give it a week or two for you to gather a number of different ideas, and you’ll be able to get a feel for the direction you want to take. There’s nothing worse than spending days doing up a room, with a new colour scheme and accessories, only to discover a few days after you’ve finished, that you hate what you’ve done.
Yellow is a great colour to bring into your home, is extremely versatile, and able to fit in with most decorating styles. Mix it with primary colours for an up to the minute look, or pair it up with blue or grey if you want to be more traditional. Decorating with yellow is a fun thing to do, and you’re sure to enjoy bringing the sunshine into your home. Don’t be scared, life is all about making changes, and what better place to start than right at home.
March 29, 2017