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