Brighten your home with some fashion-forward, lemon-hued homewares that are contemporary and timeless
There’s no escaping the persistent cheeriness of yellow. Back in December, when Pantone announced that Illuminating, a bright, buttercup yellow was one of its fêted Colours of the Year for 2021, the hope and happiness that the hue evoked seemed somewhat misplaced (which could explain why Pantone hedged its bets and announced not one but two 2021 colours, pairing the yellow with the decidedly more muted Ultimate Gray).
But now, with things opening up and a sense of optimism in the air, it seems we’re ready for some sunshine shades and they’re cropping up everywhere. Dubbed one of New York Fashion Week’s biggest colour trends, fashion’s obsession with yellow is definitely rubbing off on homewares and there’s a shade for every style, from muted mustards to acid neons and sweet pastels.
Yellow is great at quickly reviving tired spaces, especially on Irish summer days when the sunshine isn’t being as obliging as we’d like.
“There’s always been a crossover between fashion and interiors, but I’m definitely seeing it more these days,” says Ingrid Hoey, who has collaborated with CA Design’s Carol-Anne Leyden on The Edit, a cool, fashion-forward interiors collection. “During lockdown, our homes suddenly became our places to show our personality and we all became a lot more interested in interiors.”
Carol-Anne adds: “And now that we’re coming out of it, people just want a bit of joy and a bit of colour. I’m seeing so much more colour — even on Instagram, it’s not as much about that minimalist look.”
The collection features cult favourites like Eichholtz’s Maguire swivel chair, in that tactile bouclé finish, and Lex Pott’s Twist candles, as well as, of course, plenty of splashes of yellow. “You know how you feel when you put on something colourful, how it can make you feel better? It’s the same in your home,” says Ingrid. “A beautifully shaped yellow lamp or a little corner of colour can be so joyful.”
Yellow really draws the eye and makes itself known, so if you’re unsure and want to play it safe to begin with, Carol-Anne recommends injecting yellow hues through accessories, rugs, and throws — things that you can easily swap in and out — or by opting for more muted shades. “I have lots of mustards in my own home,” she says. “They’re very easy to work with as they go with anything and feel both contemporary and timeless.” Mustards also work well with jewel tones and darker colours, so are a great option if you have a dark sofa or lots of warm, mid-century-style furniture. When Pantone teamed its Illuminating yellow with grey, the aim was to create a feel that was “practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic”, according to Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Colour Institute.
For the more adventurous and those keen to ditch the grey altogether, we’re also seeing lots of fun and bold colour pairings, with yellow often teamed with pink for an eclectic, irreverent look. “Don’t be afraid to mix colours if colour is your thing,” says Ingrid. “Nothing’s right and nothing’s wrong. We can get a bit hung up on trying to make things look perfect, but it’s OK to go with your gut and mix and match as well. It’s just like with clothing — if it’s what you like and it’s what you feel good in, go for it.”