Wednesday 12 December 2018

It's all bright now

Move over Millennial Pink, there's a new hue in town. Brighten up your home with a pop of yellow, writes Nathalie Marquez Courtney

A little goes a long way — a painted beam plus accessories tie the space together and work well with the tropical rug, €295; cuckooland.com
A little goes a long way — a painted beam plus accessories tie the space together and work well with the tropical rug, €295; cuckooland.com

We often come back from holidays inspired by the hues of the Mediterranean - the patterned tiles of Portugal and Spain or the ice cream pastels of Venice - only to find they don't work quite as well on our cloudier shores (and without a glass of chilled rose in hand). But one sunny shade has been making its way into Irish homes this season, and it looks like it's here to stay.

"You can't miss it, there's definitely something happening with yellow at the moment," says Jo Linehan, stylist and co-founder of Gaff, an online publication dedicated to all things interiors (gaffinteriors.ie). "We started to notice it as early as spring this year."

Ochre velvet sofa, €1,600: A warm, honeyed hue that pairs perfectly with mellow 70s interiors, home-lust.com
Ochre velvet sofa, €1,600: A warm, honeyed hue that pairs perfectly with mellow 70s interiors, home-lust.com

Jo has observed a big jump in interest in bright yellow hues, and she's not alone. Dubbed 'Gen Z yellow' by some, it has been hailed as the successor to Millennial Pink by the interiors-loving Instagram set and is cropping up more and more, both online and on the high street (not to mention on countless celebrities and influencers, where the look kicked off).

Once considered the Marmite of colours, you can now find yellow on everything from doors and textiles to statement couches and chairs. It has the ability to infuse a space with bold, bright, unabashed cheeriness.

"From a colour psychology perspective, even incorporating a tiny bit of yellow has been scientifically proven to boost your mood," says Jo. "We're living in a country that doesn't have Mediterranean weather, but including these kinds of colours does have an effect on how you feel. Yellow is a mood-buster and a simple way to cheer yourself up in your home space."

The trend leans towards the brighter shades - think fresh pineapple or acid lemon yellow - meaning it's ideal as an accent piece. But it can also work in a more subtle, mellow way, thanks to the many mustard and warm honey-hued buys on the high street, some of which nod to the growing '70s trend in interiors.

Yellow tepee basket, €75: A softer take on the trend, ideal for a boho space, lambdesign.ie
Yellow tepee basket, €75: A softer take on the trend, ideal for a boho space, lambdesign.ie

If you're wary, start small with a vase or simple accessory. "If you love it, you'll quickly become more confident, perhaps getting braver and painting a wall or a door," says Jo.

As it's such a bold, eye-catching shade, you need to be very confident with colour to mix and match but, done with a bit of flair, it can work well with soft pinks or sharp, graphic neutrals.

"We're also seeing it paired a lot with greenery, which works great," Jo adds. She recommends not getting too caught up in what's trending, but rather hunting for shades that speak to you and work within your space. That might mean a bright yellow rug, or it could be a sweet sorbet wash on a cushion.

If in doubt, Jo has a near risk-free way to test out the look: "A bowl of lemons is the easiest way to incorporate the trend without breaking the bank!"

Muuto e27 pendant lamp, €80: These classic lights would make a big impact in an all white space, ie.amara.com
Muuto e27 pendant lamp, €80: These classic lights would make a big impact in an all white space, ie.amara.com
Cracked Ice Minor Mustard fabric in Flock, €90: Refresh an old chair or pouffe with this fun and graphic fabric, dust.ie
Saltrod mirror, €60: This piece works double duty, brightening up dark spaces with colour and light reflection, ikea.ie
Saltrod mirror, €60: This piece works double duty, brightening up dark spaces with colour and light reflection, ikea.ie

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