Colour School: How to decorate with Primrose Yellow

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  • Find out what colours work well with this sunny hue and what to steer clear of

    Create a welcoming scheme full of pretty country style with a palette inspired by glorious summer meadows. Make a bold, sunny statement by using cheery buttercup on the walls, then add key accessories in vibrant verdure and soft dandelion. Temper the yellow tones with earthy putty, soothing duck-egg blue and calming white, then add warmth and interest by layering in delicate floral patterns

    Small-scale prints, raw wood finishes and rustic wicker give this bold hue a softer feel

    Balance out the top-to-toe yellow look with a ditsy floral fabric on a mainly neutral toned background

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    Pattern 1

    Pop in a frame or use above a picture rail

    Salvia 110158 wallpaper, £50 per roll, Harlequin

    The Paint

    This sunny hue will bring warmth into any room

    Verdure Yellow Marble Matt Emulsion, £42 for 2.5ltr, Mylands of London

    Pattern 2

    An understated print is ideal for blinds

    Mellor Citrus F0599/01, £32 per m, Clarke
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    Choose pared-back furniture, in soft, neutral shades to balance out a bold feature wall

    Our stylist says

    “Go for a brighter tone to add a burst of colour in a dark space, or use a gentler one in a room with lots of natural light”

    Nicky Phillips, Decorating Editor

    Break up a harvest-toned palette with pretty floral prints to give your room a delicate summery feel


    Leaf Green: Add fresh appeal with a shade of green taken from nature, such as sage, olive, grass or apple

    Denim Blue: Create definition by using a smart and classic dark denim, or keep it casual with a worn-in version

    Heather: Team your yellow with an equally pigmented purple- try primrose and heather or sherbet and lilac


    Scarlet: Steer clear of pairing yellow with this fiery primary colour, as the strong combination will feel overbearing and difficult to live with

    Mahogany: To sidestep an accidental Seventies revival, opt for neutral shades of pebble, oak or putty rather than a retro brown

    Fuchsia: Don’t try and outshine primrose with a feisty pink or bold orange hue-opt for pale rosy tones instead and let yellow be the star

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