Three Top Interior Designers Show How To Work Yellow

Adding WARMTH and PLAYFULNESS, yellow has a TRANSFORMATIVE POWER when worn or added to your interiors. Think of a vase of daffodils – which always raises a smile. YELLOW LIGHTENS and brightens, though is best used as an accent if you are wary of all-out colour blocking …


Kelly Wearstler, whose signature style is “Hollywood Regency”, is a fan of yellow as an accent colour and is particularly fond of using it to offset a monochrome scheme, as shown here at Viceroy Palm Springs Hotel. Do read her book Modern Glamour which will allay fears that yellow is anything but stylish. @kellywearstler


Kelly Behun shows how yellow illuminates and increases a room size no matter how small. Synonymous with “Modern Warm” décor, this hallway is from one of Behun’s projects in Park Avenue, New York. @kellybehunstudio


David Collins Studio is renowned for its elegant design schemes. To update a classic blue and white room, adding yellow accent chairs brings a sense of energy to this scheme at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Bangkok.

Add some yellow accents with:


Little Greene’s latest collection of wallpaper, Archive Trails II. Featured above is the subtle floral Loriini-Dorian print framed with a bright yellow doorway and skirting board. The wallpaper is €133 per roll.


A vibrant painting by Lucy Doyle from The Doorway Gallery.


Orla Kiely Linear Stem Sunflower cushion, €43, at


Mural from a selection at Surface View;

Masters Chair in Mustard, 204 from Kartell, at

Yellow serving dishes, from €3 – €8,  at Dunnes Stores;

Penny McCormick

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