and the colour for 2011 is… yellow

Colour of the Year for 2011 is Yellow!

Each year ICI ColourFutures™ presents their colour of the year based on one dominant trend.  The trend for 2011 is ‘Appreciation’ and the colour they believe “best sums up the prevailing mood, attitude and fashion of the time” is Yellow!

Looking at yellow in colour psychology terms, it is the colour connected to our emotions.   Relating this to nature, yellow is the colour of sunshine.  When we see the sun our spirits soar, leaving us feeling happy and joyous.  When our spirits are lifted we are full of self-esteem, self-belief and optimism.

Like any colour it’s important to pick a tone that resonates with you.  You will know if you have picked a yellow tone that doesn’t resonate with you as over time you may feel your self-esteem dip or feel fear or anxiety.  You may also lose confidence in your own ability.  The term ‘Yellow bellied’ refers to a lack of self-esteem.

Here are examples of four different types of yellows.  Which one resonates with you?

Yellow colour palette showing 'spring, summer, autumn & winter' yellows

Making a splash
Yellow can freshen up and bring happiness to any space.

eakfast room - spring yellow. This link will open a new browser window.

You may like to paint a wall or just add a splash of colour in a rug, cushions or flowers if it’s a colour you find too bold.

Ideal rooms to use yellow in are those that could benefit with lightening up or where there is little or no natural light such as a dark hallway.  Great for breakfast rooms with the feeling of starting the day in sunshine!

Here a bright, clear warm yellow was used to create a cheery breakfast room, bringing the sunshine in.

Conservatory - Autumn yellow. This will open a new browser window.

Warm yellow (with a hint of black) works perfectly with the other earthy colours.

Hallway - summer yellow. This will open a new browser window.

Cool yellow (with grey added) enhances the elegance of this hallway.

Library interior - intense winter yellow with black. This link will open a new browser window.

Cool (blue based) intensive yellow works perfectly with black. No doubt this ill be the scene of many stimulating and lively conservations and meetings.

Causing a irritation
When we sleep our bodies are rejuvenating and restoring, ready for the coming day.   If you have a yellow bedroom the opposite will be happening.  Your emotions will be stimulated resulting in depriving yourself of a sound night’s sleep, possibly waking up irritated.  As babies and children are more sensitive they will feel these negative effects even quicker.  Best to avoid using yellow in the bedroom. Look at using calming, relaxing hues such as blue for a restful night’s sleep.

So when it comes to using yellow, find a tone you can relate to, that you feel comfortable with, not just because it’s in fashion.

Given these austere times, what better colour to pick than Yellow – the colour of optimism and hope, as it will be these qualities that see us through…

Wishing you all a happy, joyous 2011

Lots of Love,

Karen x
Karen specialises in holistic interior design & colour psychology

karen haller interiors

Article can also been seen in MACS London Magazine.

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