Color scheme


YELLOW, does it make you smile too? Is this your colour?

Now what does this tell about you?
The colour yellow is the colour of the mind and the intellect.
Yellow is creative from a mental aspect, the colour of new ideas, helping us to find new ways of doing things. It is the practical thinker, not the dreamer.
Yellow is the colour of the networker and the journalist, all working and communicating on a mental level.
Yellow is the scientist, constantly analysing, looking at both sides before making a decision; methodical and decisive.
Yellow is the entertainer, the comic, the clown.

So if you go for yellow you know that dreaming is just a little part of the job. Yellow makes you do things and is this not what we all deep inside want?

If you use yellow, whether it is in wearing it or using it in a decorating job, you can be sure people don't miss out on it and you better have your story ready on the why and convince them by your attitude!

How can yellow have an influence ?

Yellow is the best colour to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism.
Yellow is the great communicator and loves to talk. (my husband will LOVE this one : )
Yellow helps us focus, study and recall information, useful during exam time.
Yellow has a tendency to make you more mentally analytical and critical - this includes being self critical as well as critical of others.
Yellow is non-emotional, coming from the head rather than the heart.
Yellow depends on itself, preferring to not get emotionally involved.
Yellow is related to the ego and our sense of self worth, to how we feel about ourselves and how we are perceived by others.
yellow in a kitchen makes us become more hungry, not only for food but also to create new things, try out different recipes....

Have you noticed yellow is THE colour of spring? Flowers are screaming for the change from winter to summer, screaming out to the bees 'here I am'...
Yellow tulips inside a room can lift the room to the spring vibe.

How to 'yellow' a room?
Yellow is a classic colour and has been used throughout history.
A "golden" tip on using it: the bigger the surface to less vibrant it should be, unless you really want to get attention.
But also to this rule there are exceptions. When combined with grey this automatically tempers the vibration and you get a classical tone.
Both modern and classical interiors can use yellow and it is a colour with a high 'FEEL GOOD' level.
Personally I'm a big fan of golden yellow and what I call mustard yellow. They work well with Black and White and grey and they give an instant GLAM feeling to a room when combined like this

So get inspired by the pictures!

If you want to find more inspiration click HERE and HERE
If you want to know more about using Yellow in your home or in your business read on HERE


Is 2014 the moment for getting your home finally the way you want it?
Start with these 3 easy tips before heading to the store. It costs you nothing but saves you a disappointment in the end.

TIP 1: Pick a theme.

Before you start you probably have already a long list of favorite interior, on Pinterest, in your favorite magazines or even your favorite soap might inspire you!
Now let's look at them and see what they have in common. Can you define it? Do you see what it is that makes you think "I wish I would live there!"

Are you the African Nomad or the Scandinavian Cool type?
Is vintage your thing or after all Parisian chic?

When picking a theme don't think things like "I can't afford this" or "it will take too much of my time". If you want to get it, it will sure take time but everything you achieve will make you proud and more at ease in you own nest.
Pick this theme and start imagining your room when it is finished!

Parisian chic with a touch of vintage

Scandinavian white with vintage elements

vintage minimalism

warm sunny out of Africa

You can see already from these examples that I have a weakness for vintage stuff. but let's talk about you! Have you found your style?

TIP 2: Pick a color scheme.

Now here it goes easy :). when choosing a theme, often the theme already implements some basic colors and that is what we want to do here. Choosing the BASIC colors.
When you opt for Parisian chic, this implements black, white and wood colors, the gold and silver elements can come later.
African look has bright shades of orange purples and reds but you do want to keep it a little modest for the walls and the floors so you go for muddy brown tones, off whites and sand.
Swedish styles often use white on white tones with grey and natural wood.... 
choose your color scheme in harmony with your theme without going too bold on the colors.

The colors from Flamant and Benjamin Moore are my favorites. You can so easily combine and get these great results!

Well it may sound simple but the further you get in your decorating job, the harder it will be. Don't go for second choice because you think your first pick is too expensive. Leave both and wait till you find something that you can pay for and that looks absolute wonderful. Be creative and look at flee markets (vintage) ;) or try to paint an old chair so that it fits....
But never take something that looks nice in the shop but that really does not has any relation to the theme you choose for, it will both cost you money and ruins your final picture...

Still doubting what to go for?
If you think you will get major out of track, you can always ask me, send me a picture with your doubts or questions. I will be happy to help out if possible.