Yellow is a popular colour this season for its positive psychological qualities: creating happiness, optimism and confidence for the future.
- Stimulate the mind and body
- Help with self-esteem
- Create enthusiasm
- Inspire original thought and inquisitiveness
- Relate to acquired knowledge
- Help with new ideas
The colour yellow is definitely a force to be reckoned with
The effect of the colour yellow obviously varies with its intensity and hue.
A pale, atmospheric tint of yellow on walls or ceiling can add ‘sunshine’ to a room, while saturated, intense yellows might make you feel anxious or irrational.
Too much of it, or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones in a colour scheme, can cause self-esteem to plummet, letting our ‘yellow streak’ surface.
The best places in which to use yellow are hallways and reading nooks as these are usually dark and yellow is a welcoming colour. Another area is in the breakfast room or kitchen space to help create a sunny, happy way to start the day.
Yellow being one of the psychological primaries, relates to the emotions. To sleep in a room that is decorated using yellow will mean that over time you might wake up feeling cranky and annoyed.
Even when you’re asleep the psychological properties of a colour are still at work!
Babies’ frequencies are very sensitive so avoid using cream, which also contains yellow in nurseries and in young infants rooms.
Complement yellow with purple to balance
If you find you have used too much yellow in your scheme and you feel a bit overwhelmed you can easily counteract this with the addition of purple – being the complementary colour it’s psychological properties help to balance those of yellow.
As yellow is quite a powerful colour it’s understandable if you don’t want it on a wall in your home, but there are other ways of utilising its psychological effects.
Yellow can be great for “highlights”, try and use it smaller doses like in accessories, flowers, or pictures to brighten up darker areas and make them ‘smile at you’.
Don’t underestimate the powerful effect a combination of yellow will have on those who use the space!