The Yellow Effect is the third in our FREE 7 part series, The Rainbow Effect. This series demystifies why and how the effects of decorating with one of the 7 colours, or bands, of the rainbow, may affect the mood, ambience, or energy of your home or office space.
The Yellow Effect
Nothing spells sunshine like the colour yellow.
Y ….. Yielding
E ….. Energetic
L ….. Loving
L ….. Laughing
Yellow is the colour of welcoming energy & optimism. The mother of sunshine, yellow reveals your inner creativity. Walk into a space with a splash of yellow & you are likely to be greeted with a smile. A full space of yellow ochre wraps you in the colours of the sun, warming your heart & inspiring your head.
One of the three primary colours, yellow is simultaneously a long and short wave light stimulant to our eyes. Red & blue are the other two primary colours.
Decorating with the colour yellow:
Painting ‘banana cake’ in a family room invokes a convivial atmosphere. An ‘egg yolk’ yellow throw rug, teamed with a focal cushion, is sure to promote energetic brainstorming sessions. Matt ‘poplar’ yellow, brushed across sanded floor boards, will mellow with wear & set your space apart from the rest. Yellow daffodils, springing from a glass vase by the entrance door, say hello & welcome.
Gold leaf adornments may reflect the riches of the colour yellow; however, care should be undertaken when painting with the gold shades of yellow, to avoid looking tasteless.
Utilised astutely, yellow in the bedroom, lovingly envelopes; is a playground of fun for kids and the freshness of yellow utensils in an otherwise neutral kitchen yields food to fancy.
Natural pigments from which yellow emerge include: Yellow Ochre, Indian Yellow, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Chrome Yellow and the highly toxic Kings Yellow favoured in China: Orpiment.
The yellow fruits of nature offer an infinite number of inspirational shades, tints & tones: try citrus, passionfruit, apple, melon & papaya. Tints of yellow colours with less intensity include lemons, jonquil, daffodil, cream, custard & camellia...
Corn crops & sunflower fields, viewed against a summer blue sky, example how nature inspires contrast & balance when decorating with the colour yellow. Alternatively, a palette of citrus, lime & mandarin freshen your space like a tropical breeze.
Traditionally, yellow was indicative of the direction of south for the Maya people and the colour of the first Chinese Emperor who restricted it’s use to royal buildings and garments only. The Italians connect yellow with fictional & factual crime stores.
Highly visible, yellow is used on bus, taxi and construction vehicles the world over. Used to as a signal of caution, the colour yellow is employed by motor & bicycle events and a signal to send a player to the ‘sinbin’ in some football codes.
Whether decorating a submarine, mellowing in motown, or chilling with Coldplay, I wish you the joy the colour yellow brings to your space.
The welcoming yellow effect:
Here are 5 top reasons you may or may not want to decorate with the colour yellow:
Five reasons you may want to use the colour yellow:
1 Expose your optimistic personality
2 Radiate energy
3 Surround yourself with sunshine
4 Put your happy nature on show
5 Sheer fun
Five reasons you may NOT want to use the colour yellow:
1 A tad egotistical
2 May invoke happiness
3 Cautious personality
4 Retro – 1980’s
5 Cannot think of a fifth!
Creative, cautionary and striking in effect, try on The Yellow Effect
See you in the next colour inside the rainbow.
If you are not feeling confident utilising The Yellow Effect in your home or office, don’t forget to pick my brains. I will help you achieve creative yellow results.
Fast yellow facts:
Yellow is of long & medium wavelengths in the rainbow.
The Hex triplet web reference for Yellow is #FFFFOO (Hex triplet)
The r.g.b. web reference is 255,255,0 (r.g.b.)
PS: “from daffodil to daisy; yellow is never lazy” DH
Series I: The Rainbow Effect – No 3. The Yellow Effect