Yellow interiors and fashion trend Spring/Summer 2017

A very Happy New Year 2017. Rather than wait for the first daffodils of Spring to open, I thought I would slice through the grey gloom of January to present one of Spring/Summer ’17’s most joyful interior and fashion trends. ‘Mellow Yellow’ is all set to bring its mood enhancing properties to our lives and I for one can’t wait!

Welcome to the sunshine state

For Spring 2017, whilst interior designers have taken inspiration from the angular shapes and textures of Mid Twentieth Century design, fashion designers have opted for the softer and more flowing lines of the ’70’s.

The use of Mid Century furniture shapes, coupled with upholstery in luxurious velvets which featured in many Autumn/Winter 16 Emerald green collections (please see previous post The Green Room) are here to stay. Fresh geometric patterns in citrus through to mustard shades are to be found on tiles, fabric, wallpapers and flooring. The geometric element ensures that the whole look avoids being too frou frou! But then again frou, frou does work here as well …

Super large print by Chantal Leger (1953)/Pinterest

(Left: Chloe, Spring 2017 Ready to Wear from; Middle: Delpozo Resort 2017 Fashion Show, from Vogue/Pinterest; Right: Erdem, Spring 2017 Ready to Wear, courtesy of

Yellow velvet upholstery

Available Mid Feb 2017: Tallulah 2 seater Mustard velvet/linen sofa, £599, Atkin and Thyme
‘Dimple’ velvet footstool, £455, Loaf
(Available Mid February 2017: Calvin Armchair in Mustard Yellow velvet and linen, £399, Atkin and Thyme)

Geometric pattern

Delilah Retro check chair with natural oak legs, £79.99, My Furniture

(Left: wallpaper: Delano 105/7032 wallpaper, Cole and Son; Right; tiles, ‘Hex Target’tiles, Popham Design)

Cushion, from £8, from a selection at La Redoute

Dip dye gloss

Ash veneer with yellow dining chair, £39, Cult Furniture

Two tone fabric upholstery

I love the clever upholstery on these chairs at the Zoom Hotel bar in Brussels, because they are both beautiful and practical at the same time. The darker fabric is used where there will be more wear and tear.

Photo: Zoom Hotel, Brussels Bar (from article in We Heart)/Pinterest

Budget conscious furniture and flooring hacks

Breathing new life into old furniture is good on so many levels. I love how the maker from Remade in Britain has used yellow, white and charcoal paint to give this sideboard a new identity without losing sight of the furniture’s heritage. The geometric painted floor (Farrow & Ball floor paints) pattern is really inspiring too as it reminds me that with just a little time, some good masking tape and a bit of patience you can create something really special.

Sideboard from a selection at Remade in Britain/Pinterest

Leather covered side table

Launched at Decorex in September, this is a catwalk beauty from the Ochre stable of furniture and lighting. Covered in saddle leather, the legs on the ‘Wisp’ table go on forever making it a very glamorous cocktail/side table.

‘Wisp’ side table, Ochre.

Colour partners

It really is a matter of taste as to how much yellow you use in a decorating scheme. You might just like to sprinkle a little colour to your existing room by way of a couple of cushions, a single chair or by using it on a wall or a floor. However, if you want to use yellow in quantity, I think it always contrasts well with white/pale grey/blush/charcoal greys/dark blues and blacks. For a more authentic Mid Century look, you might also consider using it with a mixture of other primary colours.

Mustard and charcoal

(Mustard tiles from a selection at Bert and May)
Wall in India Yellow No.66, cupboard: mahogany No.36; Farrow & Ball

Mix it up

To give your decorating scheme character and to stop it from looking too two-dimensional, it is good to mix in both old and new. There are many beauties to be found and bargains to be had from car boots to charity shops, antique and auctions houses -not to mention online auction sites too. It feels virtuous too as it is the best sort of recycling!

Up the wooden hill …

No need for a staircase without carpet to look austere. Yellow and white wallpaper on the risers of this traditional Edwardian staircase looks sweet.

Courtesy of Pinterest

… to bedfordshire.

Loaf have produced the perfect bed for Spring with their new velvet Mid Century inspired ‘Napper’ bed. They have combined their signature laidback style along with luxurious yellow velvet upholstery.

New ‘Napper’ Bed, in Bumblebee velvet, £795, Loaf.

For more fashion and interiors inspiration, check out my Pinterest board below:

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Charis White, interior stylist
Charis White – interior stylist/blogger

12 thoughts on “Yellow interiors and fashion trend Spring/Summer 2017

  1. I’ve been looking forward to reading this all week! It didn’t disappoint! Just what is needed on a winter cold flecked with snow afternoon. When the boys were little I used to have a sunshine yellow kitchen. And I remember as I changed it for a tropical sea blue/green watching the light being gobbled up by the blue and wondering if I’d made a big mistake! I hadn’t, it was just different.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading Jo. The rhythms and seasons of decorating change and are always right for a while We shouldn’t be slaves to fashion but there is so much fabulous choice and new possibilities. 🍋🍋🍋


  2. Love this article, especially as yellows of all shades have been my favourite colour since childhood. I have an original Art Nouveau boho sofa in the most striking ochre yellow – very 2017! It’s currently starring on my facebook page.


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