Lemon yellow is like a soft wash of sunshine over any room. Neither overtly masculine or feminine it can be used in many spaces however it’s particularly good as an upbeat and gender neutral hue for children’s rooms. It’s happy vibes are also a positive although there is an old wives tale that says babies cry more in rooms of this shade, not that we have any proof of that at all!
It also works extremely well as an understated accent colour to add a pop of gentle warmth to living rooms and bedrooms, especially those that face North. Keep it light and bright by mixing it with white, or add a dose of sophistication by teaming it with washed-out denim blues, dove grey tones and light woods.
Three ways to use lemon yellow at home…
1 Underfoot. A glorious rug in lemon yellow couldn’t fail to bring a smile to your face. It’s a perfect example of how toning down the yellow dial can have as much impact as it’s more vivid full-on bright colour cousin: lemon yellow is simply a touch more sophisticated. In my moodboard image, top left, the rug has been custon-made for an ELLE Decoration shoot styled by Louisa Grey by La Manufacture Cogolin.
2 On your walls What could be happier than this playful paper adorning a feature wall? This ‘Cow Parsley’ paper by Cole&Son is definitely one of the prettiest around. Pale but interesting.
3 Under bottom Perhaps you wouldn’t want a lemon yellow sofa as the main anchor in your living room, but perhaps in a snug, study, kitchen/diner (if there was room), it would be wonderful. It’s almost as if the colour itself is inviting you to go on, sneak me in, you know you want to! This is the classic ‘Togo’ sofa by Michael Ducaroy, designed in 1073 for Ligne Roset.