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Bring me sunshine…yellow

cowslips

These unassuming little cowslips brought a smile today with their cheerful flash of yellow amongst the hellebores and forget-me-nots. Inspired by the cowslips, we can use yellow to create a sunny mood in our home, bringing the essence of sunshine indoors.

In astrology yellow is the colour of the Sun, the ‘Lord of the Day’ and is also associated with royalty, power, glory and vitality.

Sola plexus chakra

Yellow is the colour of the solar plexus chakra ‘Manipura’. According to Wikipedia ‘Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth’  (Wikipedia – The Sola Plexus Chakra)

cowslip

So yellow has a lot going for it – we could think of it as the happiness colour – which makes it a good choice for kitchens, halls, breakfast rooms and living rooms. The rooms we use to welcome friends and family – where we spend time together and where feelings of optimism combined with light and warmth help create a comfortable home.

Inspired by the cowslips here are a few analogous or harmonising colour combinations – demonstrating how nature and the colour wheel can help you bring yellow into your home

 

harmonies

Wallpaper

Subtle creamy golden yellow combines with soft yellow-green in an elegant combination that could add warmth to a living room with cooler daylight or brighten a room with a sunny aspect.

Ophelia wallpaper

 

19909 Barbara Hulanicki Ophelia Yellow,Cream Floral Wallpaper (www.grahambrown.com)

Elegant vases from www.vases.co.uk could be used to reinforce the green – yellow combination:

Leaf vases

 

 

LSA Milo Round Vase Lime 

LSA Coro Leaf Vases Set Of Two

 

 

 

 

Paint

The yellow theme can be taken into adjacent rooms to create a warm welcome whilst neutrals help maintain a relaxed atmosphere.

Dulux have a lovely range of yellows, including Wild Primrose – A light, spring lemon colour that could look great in a sunny kitchen. www.dulux.co.uk

wild primrose

 

 

If you want to make a sunny statement in the living room, this sumptuous golden yellow sofa could be a good place to start, available from www.wesley-barrell.co.uk

 

sofa

 

Taking inspiration from the cowslips nestling amongst forget-me-nots, we could add contrasting colour accessories in violet and blue-violet, like these vases from http://www.vases.co.uk

Coro Berry vases

LSA Coro Berry Vases Set Of Two from Heals

Or brighten a brown leather sofa with these cheerful yellow cushions. These are from Kimberly Dawn

kimberley dawn gingham cushion

Silk Taffeta Yellow Gingham Cushions

kimberley dawn gingham heart cushion

Yellow Gingham Heart Cushion 

For garden fans – a few last words on cowslips – according to Wikipedia the species name is Primula vēris (vēris means “of spring”) and so the humble cowslip heralds the warmer weather and sunny days of summer.

‘Cowslip leaves have been traditionally used in Spanish cooking as a salad green. Uses in English cookery includes using the flowers to flavour country wine and vinegars; sugared to be a sweet or eaten as part of a composed salad while the juice of the cowslip is used to prepare tansy for frying.’

‘Folk names include Cowslip, Cuy lippe, Herb Peter, Paigle, Peggle, Key Flower, Key of Heaven, Fairy Cups, Petty Mulleins, Crewel, Buckles, Palsywort and Plumrocks.’

And for those who remember the joy of Morecambe & Wise, treat yourself to a dose of sunshine:

Bring Me Sunshine – YouTube

Bring me Sunshine, in your smile,
Bring me Laughter, all the while,
In this world where we live, there should be more happiness,
So much joy you can give, to each brand new bright tomorrow…

Words – Sylvia Dee, Music – Arthur Kent

Morecambe and Wise

Morecambe and Wise bring you sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

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