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Give your home an extra glow by adding a pop of sunshine to your space. Yellow is an uplifting colour that deserves the spotlight. Keep reading for my top tips on using yellow in your home. I simply love how @insidemeadowview has added yellow to their chimney breast.

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A bright and uplifting colour, yellow possesses the power to energise and add a dose of happiness to every space.

Though it may seem like a daunting colour to work with, yellow’s wide variety of shades makes it a versatile colour: from vibrant mustard and zesty lemon tones to softer variations like pale sherbet or corn yellow.

No matter which shade takes your fancy, knowing how to make it work for your home is essential when planning your décor.

These are my top tips to help you get started:


  • Consider what other colours you want in your room to ensure they compliment each other
  • Create balance with neutrals, such as grey, white or beige
  • Pair with natural materials, such as wood and greenery
  • Experiment with different shades: pale yellows provide a subtle touch, whilst bold hues can make a statement
  • Consider starting off by introducing yellow through accessories, such as cushions, throws, curtains and artwork before going too bold


  • Overwhelm the space - using too much of one shade or multiple shades can make the room feel too intense
  • Clash with competing colours, which can be visually unappealing
  • Neglect lighting as this can influence how a colour appears. I recommend testing your chosen shade under different lighting before committing to it
  • Ignore your personal preferences - just because a colour is 'on-trend' doesn't mean you have to use it if you really don't like it
  • Forget about balance to ensure that your overall design is pleasing and enjoyable

Is yellow a good colour for a living room? 

If you’re looking to create a warming and inviting atmosphere, then yellow can be the perfect choice for your living room. It's sunny disposition and ability to enhance natural light helps to create a room you'll be happy to spend time in.

In fact, integrating any bright colour into your home is brilliant for lifting spirits and creating feelings of contentment. 

How can I add yellow to my living room? 

Whether you’re starting small and adding yellow through accessories or going bold by painting walls, here are my recommended ways to incorporate this mood-enhancing shade into your space:

Yellow decorating ideas

If you want to add some yellow to the walls, I'd suggest trying an earthy hue, with slightly red or brown undertones, which will give a warm and comforting feel to the space. If your room is a little smaller, a pale shade will help it feel lighter, airier and create a sense of calm. 

If something bold takes your fancy, try it on a feature wall first in case it threatens to dominate the space. A block of colour amongst a white or pale décor can add a brilliant burst of colour without overwhelming the room. Use yellow to brighten up an alcove or a child’s play space.

If yellow walls feels too much, use bright furnishings to add splashes of the colour. Liven up a sofa with some yellow accent cushions or add a large bold rug to create an attention-grabbing focal point in the middle of a room.

The wall above a sofa is often crying out for a mirror or picture to add interest; for ultimate drama add one large piece to add scale to your room. 

An effective way of adding colour to your room is by choosing a picture that lets the colours inspire and dictate the scheme for the entire room. Modern artwork helps to create a style statement in an otherwise neutral space; this works particularly well with yellow/ochre tones.

You can also add pops of yellow with cushions and interior accessories, such as a vase or plant pot.

Image credit: @renovatingno39. Bloom mustard sofa

Image credit: @insidemeadowview

What colours go well with yellow? 

This sunshine shade works well with a whole host of colours. Integrating yellow into your current colour scheme is easy as this versatile shade works wonderfully with a range of styles.

Blue and yellow living room

A dynamic duo, navy blue and mustard yellow work incredibly well together and make for a complementary colour scheme for your living room.

The deep tones of navy blue work effortlessly when offset with the warmth and vibrancy of yellow. Navy blue is a classic colour that’ll never go out of style: merging classic navy blue and funky yellow together make for a fun coupling. 

Shades of blue make yellow shades stand out and appear even more vibrant. The same goes for yellow and green!

If you're a fan of navy blue, take a look at our guide to styling a navy blue sofa.

Teal and yellow living room

Teal and yellow is also a favourite colour pairing of mine. This cyan-green shade is an incredibly trendy hue and can be bold and bright or soft and subtle – just like yellow.

The beauty of both of these colours is that you can tone them up and down depending on your personal style: from mustard to chartreuse, yellow and teal can make for a bold choice. 

If you do opt for teal and yellow, light-coloured wooden furniture is a great choice and this, alongside yellow, will brighten up your space.

As teal can be quite dark, incorporating neutrals such as white and beige in the form of accessories and trinkets can be extremely effective. 

Grey and yellow living room

Grey and yellow living rooms are incredibly popular and it’s easy to see why: as yellow adds warmth and grey is typically a cool tone, they balance each other beautifully.

Have you ever considered painting one of your walls yellow? If you're looking to infuse some interest, I find that it looks striking when paired with a grey sofa, bringing incredible personality to your lounge. It's a fantastic way to uplift the entire room.

Grey and yellow form a modern colour combination. To take yellow up another notch try adding it alongside graphic black-and-white wallpapers. There are some great mono print wallpapers around. Just be careful not to go overboard with the paper, keep it to one wall to create a dramatic focal point. Then add yellow accessories to really bring out the zest.

However you choose to make yellow work for you, the result will be a room filled with cheeriness and positive energy.

Victoria Foster

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Stylist & Visual Merchandiser

at ScS

12th January 2024

Victoria is a stylist and merchandiser based at our in-house photo studio. Having been part of the ScS family since 2012, Victoria styles stunning home sets with the latest trends to showcase newly launched ScS products. With over 25 years of experience in styling and merchandising, she loves to keep an eye on the latest trends in the interior landscape. Victoria's favourite interior scheme is the Boho trend and loves to layer a mixture of different textures in her home. Her styling top tip is to always create a focal point in a room. Whether it’s a feature wall, a piece of artwork, or a bright patterned rug, having a focal point can help to drive the decisions on the rest of the rooms layout.