Saturday 22 October 2016

A squeeze of Lemon - give your home a hint of spring

From serene and cool to bright and bold, give your home a natural dose of colour with a hint of sunny yellow for spring

Ciara Elliot

Published 22/05/2016 | 02:30

Wooden photo display, €67.50; globe, €31.50 and giraffe ornament, €27 all Ben de Lisi at Debenhams.
Wooden photo display, €67.50; globe, €31.50 and giraffe ornament, €27 all Ben de Lisi at Debenhams.
Arlo and Jacob Knightly sofa.
Tray Chic
Cirque aluminium lamp.
Yellow fever - bedroom cabinet from Graham and Green.
Glazed and confused: earthenware from Habitat

If you're loving the sporadic experience of that bright yellow ball in the sky as much as are, why not bring some of that sun-kissed feel into your interiors and ramp up the yellow factor at home?

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"Every home should have at least one yellow and one blue checked blanket, if only to be able to throw them on a plain-coloured chair for sunny decoration," says stylist and interiors expert Jane Cumberbatch, whose new book Pure Colour - A Pure Style Sourcebook of Colour Inspiration came out this month.

"To me, yellow is such an in-your-face, optimistic colour that you'd expect it to be used in more, rather than fewer, situations. But as the lightest, brightest colour in the spectrum, it needs careful editing. My favourite yellows are mustard shades with a hint of green, like the apples in the garden that turn golden as autumn advances," Jane says.

In terms of using yellows on paint or wallpaper, Jane has the following advice: "Pale- and blue-grey work well with cool yellows. Mauves are the complement of cool yellows while yellows with red tones are warm and welcoming. Warm ochre-coloured yellows go well with lead grey, light brown, celadon green, lavender or grey-blue, and a warm yellow is a great idea for adding depth to a small room in a rental space." She adds, "Clear lemon yellow is good with amethyst green. Bright yellows are far too distracting and irritating to go to bed with, but very good for a sunny look in kitchens and dining rooms."

If that's all a bit too much to take in one zesty gulp, see Jane's website and blog for more.

Sunny Siesta

Liven up your sleeping space with a boldly printed graphic wall and some fun mid-century accessories. Blue, yellow and grey are a classic colour combination.

Get the look:

● Wooden photo display, €67.50; globe, €31.50 and giraffe ornament, €27 all Ben de Lisi at Debenhams.

The Light Move

Bring a citrus flavour to your living or kitchen scheme with a statement light in some of this season's most scorching shades.


Get the look:

● Cirque aluminium lamp by Louis Poulsen. Prices from €192-€421 available at and

Bright & Cheerful

Mix deep shades of indigo blue, citrine and chartreuse to soften the monochrome effect of a room.

Get the look:

● Georgina metal bud vase, €26; George textured column vase, €46; Crane cushion, €39; gold layered pendant, €156; set of four tumblers, €41; storage basket, €78; chevron throw, €98; pineapple candle, €46; yellow cushion, €39 and throw, €111, all Living by Christiane Lemieux at House of Fraser.

Glazed and Confused

Bring in a dash of global style as well as some eye-catching colour with a shelf of bright feature ceramics.

Get the look:

● Earthenware pots from €12.50, Habitat at Argos.

Tray Chic


Whether as a vehicle for tea or cocktails or even Sunday morning breakfast in bed, everything looks better on a colourful tray.

Get the look:

● Atomic yellow flowers tea tray, €29,

Happy hour


This sunshine yellow sofa will certainly add a punch of colour to any living space - we love its rounded edges and chunky homely look.

Get the look:

● Knightley sofa, €1,150,

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