Both Gardener’s World and Springwatch were praising the beauty of daffodils on the television last night – and we’ve got some lovely swathes appearing in the local countryside. They really capture the vitality and optimism of spring. So, with the clocks going forward tonight, what other colour could we possibly have chosen for this week’s Home Tones than daffodil yellow?
It’s a fabulous highlight colour – feature walls & doors, chairs, lampshades, cushions and bed covers can all provide that flash of zingy, life-affirming colour without overdoing it. It lifts cream based neutrals & blond wood – and contrasts wonderfully against the much in vogue grey palette. In the case of daffodil yellow, it certainly is possible to have too much of a good thing. But, when used skilfully, it’s hard to beat for impact.
Turmeric is a particular shade of yellow. It’s earthy, spicy, golden, with a touch of brown and a tinge of orange.
It’s a spice, related to ginger, that has no end of uses; medicinal, cosmetic, religious, ceremonial. It’s used extensively in Asia to dye saris and Buddhist robes. Here in the UK we mainly use it in cooking Indian food… and in Colman’s English mustard to give it that distinctive yellow colour.
It’s a soft, calming colour when used in interior decoration. It lends itself to being used alongside other ‘spicy’ colours – saffron, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, cayenne. Think of how photogenic they look when for sale in markets, displayed all together in large pyramid-shaped piles. Also looks fabulous contrasting with hot pinks such as fuchsia – and as a highlight colour against grey and near black shades.
We’re starting a new blog series today entitled Home Tones. As you may have guessed, we will select a different colour each week and see how it’s used in different interiors (and the odd exterior). This week we’re featuring egg yolk yellow. From front doors to cookers and light shades to bathroom cabinets, this is a wonderful highlight colour giving a flash of vibrancy to a room scheme. It looks great with various shades of grey, white and natural wood.
This is a really unusual little 1950s triangular table. Perfect for a cosy corner. It has a pretty patterned yellow Formica type top and slightly splayed, tapered black painted legs.
It’s being sold by St Peter’s Hospice*. It’s current high bid is £22.57 and P&P is a further £12.99 but you’re welcome to collect from them if you’re able to get to Bristol.
*St Peter’s Hospice is Bristol’s Hospice, caring for people in the local area who are living with incurable cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Last year they cared for over 2,000 local people and their families. All their services are provided completely free of charge and they rely on donations and legacies from the local community to help them continue providing their specialised care to those who need it.