Mel­low yel­low

Cheer­ful and sooth­ing, turmeric-like hues are spic­ing up in­te­ri­ors. This Lon­don home show­cases their power to cre­ate a heart­en­ing glow

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words AMY BRAD­FORD Pho­tog­ra­phy MICHAEL SIN­CLAIR

Cheer­ful and sooth­ing, turmeric-like hues are spic­ing up in­te­ri­ors. This Lon­don home show­cases their power

THE TREND

Of all colours, yel­low is the bright­est and most no­tice­able to the hu­man eye. Ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­ples of colour psy­chol­ogy, it rep­re­sents en­ergy, ide­al­ism and look­ing to the fu­ture. Per­haps that’s why it’s one of this year’s big­gest trends as op­ti­mism and re­as­sur­ance are what we crave right now. Yel­low’s in­flu­ence has cer­tainly spread far and wide. Tones from acid lemon through to banana and sun­flower were plen­ti­ful on the spring/sum­mer 2019 cat­walks, while Heck­field Place, Hamp­shire’s award-win­ning coun­try house ho­tel, boasts the saf­fron-hued Ochre Room, cre­ated by in­te­rior de­signer Ben Thomp­son. The hottest yel­lows, though, are ar­guably the spicy turmeric shades seen in this Lon­don home, de­signed by cre­ative stu­dio and recla­ma­tion spe­cial­ist Retrou­vius. With their slight 1970s feel (see more about this larger trend on p20), they look great with warm woods and earthy tones.

THE HOME

This four-bed­room ter­raced house in west Lon­don is home to a full-time mum, her ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive hus­band and their three young chil­dren. They’d lived here for a few years be­fore bring­ing in Retrou­vius to re­fresh its white colour pal­ette and tired lay­out. ‘There were lots of long cor­ri­dors, and the side re­turn felt very dis­lo­cated from the rest of the house,’ ex­plains Retrou­vius co-founder Maria Speake. The team opened up the space by knock­ing down some walls, re­con­fig­ur­ing the en­trances to cer­tain rooms so they flowed more eas­ily, and adding a full-width ex­ten­sion to the back of the house, which con­tains an im­pres­sive open­plan din­ing and liv­ing room.

WITH THEIR 1970S FEEL, SPICY SHADES OF YEL­LOW WORK WELL WITH WARM WOODS AND EARTHY TONES

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Liv­ing room A vin­tage linen sofa is sur­rounded by trop­i­cal green­ery, which helps to bal­ance the warmer colours on the walls. The cof­fee ta­ble is one of the many an­tique finds in this home

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