Yellow and grey living rooms are trending - and with colour authority, Pantone, releasing its Colours of the Year for 2021- 'Illuminating Yellow' and 'Ultimate Grey' it's a trend that's set to continue across modern homes.
"Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope," says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. 'We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit."
There is also a host of stylish homeware and furniture launches to choose from top design names, high street heroes and cool independent retailers. So whether you're looking for a big ticket item like a sofa, or smaller updates such as rugs, cushions and lamps - or even a splash of paint to freshen your living space, we've picked key pieces for yellow and grey living rooms.
According to Paula Taylor, Colour & Trend Specialist at Graham & Brown "The juxtaposition of steely monochrome and vibrant yellow strikes a harmonious balance between warm and cool, denoting resilience and hope for the coming year. Grey has long been the go-to for an on trend modern aesthetic, providing a neutral base for statement home accessories to stand out. Yellow, on the other hand, cuts through the cool grey hue adding dimension and a splash of freshness.
Our Charmed and Lilium shades are perfect for recreating the iconic palette at home. Break with tradition and use yellow on the walls with grey as your accent colour to bring life to furniture, window frames, and alcoves."
The charming Memory ceiling lights from Brokis could just as easily suit a kid's room or a living room, with their playful resemblance to floating helium balloons. Fix in clusters for a fanciful effect or individually for a joyful addition to your space.
This sunshine yellow striped cushion from Ciel Shop is made with double-sided sumptuous cotton velvet and has a concealed zip closure and comes complete with the pad.
At 40cm x 60cm the cushions are big enough to provide seating support and stylish enough for the most design conscious.
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
Glass cabinets are de rigeuer in modern living rooms, allowing you to display treasured items and beautiful artefacts. The grey finish on this unit from Habitat makes it an adaptable piece that will work with a number of colour trends. Plus the deep drawers, enable you to store away paperwork and other things out of sight.
This new Squisharoo sofa from Loaf comes in a choice of 157 fabric options, but we're rather taken with this beautiful burnished yellow velvet. It has a slightly more upright back rest than some of the brand's other sofas, but still has bags of sink-into style and would make an impact in any modern living room.
On chilly nights, snuggle on the sofa under this gorgeous grey and yellow geometric recycled cotton blanket from Daisy Park. Designed in Cornwall and made in England it has a bold geometric pattern that's reversible giving you two looks from one blanket.
BOLD TABLE LAMP
For those whose taste errs towards the trad end of modern, this Palmer table lamp from Pooky ticks both the bold and beautiful boxes, with its ikat style Empire shade and zingy citrus stand.
Designed in 1973 by Michel Ducaroy and manufactured by Lignet Roset, the Togo fireside chair (which accompanies the iconic sofa) is instantly recognisable from its distinctive shape, and has remained a cult classic for over 40 years. Its modular design allows each piece to be easily separated and re-configured so it's a flexible option for modern living. Available at Heal's.
Go for a cool mid-century vibe and nail two trends in one with this Play Record wallpaper by Mini Moderns. The simple graphic motifs are a timeless reminder to play or pause.
Handcrafted in La Manufacture’s French workshops on its 19th century Jacquard handlooms, the Isotopie wool rug is woven in contrasting colours to highlight the relief patterns of the cut-pile and loop motifs. The almost fluorescent tones of this beautiful sunflower yellow will bring a laid-back summer vibe to your living room all year round.
Put your feet up on this stylish Rest pouffe from Scandi brand Muuto. Available at Amara, the natural oak legs and mustard upholstery provide a smart splash of colour and it's a versatile piece that can double up as extra seating when required.
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