I like yellow. Some people love it but I certainly won’t go that far.
Seeing a yellow micro bus on the highway will get me thinking about the many adventures it’s been on and wondering what stories it has to tell. Tulips in a vase are another one of those happy spring signals. Yellow is exuberant and fun! Yet rarely do you see much of this particular hue in fashion or decor in a big bold way. It’s often just the occasional raincoat or umbrella, perhaps a stripe within a pattern, or sometimes a playful hint of bright yellow in kitchenware - much like my daughter’s favorite tea cup. It always puts a smile on her face in the morning.
Once in a while there is a very soft pale yellow mixed into the modern farmhouse trend, with a nod to French country inspiration.
Way back in 2009, Pantone chose Mimosa as their colour of the year citing that “yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance”.
As with many of the colours Pantone has put on trend in the last fifteen years, yellow works as a complementary accent. For example, in 2018 violet was a major focus. Along with that, various shades of yellow were seen in fashion and home decor and the trend is continuing into this year.
A more complex pallette with a shade of violet as its base would include yellow-green and yellow-orange. Think boho style summer dresses and patio decor. In high end design yellow metals are being used sparingly in both art and fixtures.
Yellow always looks fresh and, in moderation, can be exactly what an outfit or room needs to perk it up.
When will yellow get to shine on it’s own? Sadly maybe never. My theory is that Sesame Street’s Big Bird is the only head to toe fashion statement we will ever see for this brilliant tone.