Home Tones: Daffodil yellow

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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.

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Yellow painted kids' bathroom with yellow tile strip in the shower enclosurecredit

Yellow kitchen cabinetcredit

Pair of yellow chairs in front of a firecredit

Twin beds with yellow pillows in an all-white bedroomcredit

Yellow painted pantry and kitchen unitcredit

Home Tones: Turmeric

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spice inspired bedroomcredit

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.

Turmeric throw and patterned cushions on a bedcredit

Turmeric wall in a light-filled bathroomcredit

Turmeric coloured external rendered wallcredit

Turmeric painted living room walls with fuchsia velvet covered sofa and purple rugcredit

Asian-inspired bedroomcredit

Kitchen diner with turmeric painted wallscredit

Turmeric coloured sofa and artwork in a sitting roomcredit

Home Tones: Egg yolk yellow

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Egg yolk yellow & grey kitchen in Bawtry Roadcredit

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.

'House no 7' in Tiree, Scotlandcredit

Yolk yellow under-sink bathroom storagecredit

Yolk yellow home barcredit

Shaker-style kitchen with egg yolk yellow range cookercredit

Dining table with yellow upholstered Arne Jacobsen 'Series 7' chairscredit

Bed accessorised with an egg yolk yellow throwcredit

Abigail Ahern's patio with yellow vintage fold up chairscredit

Atomic plant

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Vintage yellow plastic &amp black metal Atomic plant stand

Every home should have its own atomic plant!

Vintage yellow plastic &amp black metal Atomic plant stand

 We picked up this gorgeous vintage plant stand on Monday which has just gone into our webshop.

detailed view of yellow plastic &amp black metal Atomic plant stand

The frame is black metal and it retains its original bright yellow plastic ball feet and liners. Ideal for trailing house plants, a cacti collection or herbs in front of a window.

detailed view of the ball feet on a yellow plastic & black metal Atomic plant stand

The styling is perfect for mid century modern or bohemian vintage looks.

Etsy List: Top Banana!

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'Top Banana' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

Without fail, Justin & I start each day with a mug of coffee and a banana each. We both always have to save the final bite for Fudge. He sits there staring and salivating until it’s offered to him.

Bananas are his favourite food… after pork pie… and sausage… and chicken… OK, bananas are his favourite fruit!

They’re probably our favourite fruit too – I love them sliced with peanut butter in a sandwich. We’ve shared quite a few banana-based recipes on here as well. We’re officially bananas for bananas!

Top Banana!
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Charity Vintage: 50s triangular table

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vintage 50s triangular table with yellow patterned top being sold on eBay for Charity by St Peter's Hospice(ends 29 Jun, 2014 20:11:41 BST)

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.