Dandelions are Yellow

Afternoon everyone…  This week the kids and myself have been busy busy… We’ve been building our guinea pigs their new home. Had our 1st site meeting about our own new home. Ella was sick during the week, and today we are baking orange fairy cakes. It has been quite a week! I just love this time of year though and the emergence of Spring. It most definitely puts a spring in ones step.

I mentioned in my first blog post how I came to the name ‘Dandelion Lane’ Just to refresh for those of you who may not have read it.  I asked my  daughter Naomi what her favourite flower was, and she told me “Dandelions mummy!  Because they are yellow and yellow is a happy colour!” It also happens to be her very favourite colour!!!  So todays blog is about…. Yellow…

As a result of feeling the joys of spring this week I have been using “English Yellow” Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan.  This colour always makes me feel happy! I was so thrilled when it was introduced back into the colour range over a year ago now. Yellow is a primary colour and one people are often scared to use, so I thought I would try to inspire you to give it a go and fall in love with it as I have.


Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.  Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates energy.”


Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. So if primrose yellow is as bold as you want to go right now, use a dark grey on the walls to make it pop.  Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy. So using bright yellow sparingly, for example on a statement piece brings clarity of colour and places the object more distinctly within its environment.

Which rooms in the house particularly lend themselves to yellow, and are there any where it should be avoided?

The most suitable rooms to use yellow are hallways as they are often the darkest room in the house. Yellow is a welcoming colour, so it will brighten and add cheerfulness. The kitchen/breakfast room will also benefit from yellow as it helps create a sunny, happy atmosphere when starting a new day.


I would suggest avoiding the use of yellow on bedroom walls. Yellow is a psychological primary which relates to emotions. Sleeping in a room that is decorated with yellow will over time lead you will wake up irritable and annoyed. However a single chair painted in yellow, as a statement can live comfortably within a bedroom scheme. (Photos above & below from Pinterest.)


Lots of photos this week to inspire!!! I hope this gives you a little idea on how to use yellow successfully within your own interior! Use the Annie Sloan™ Colour card to help you choose complementaries that will work well with English Yellow.


For those of you who are new to Chalk Paint™ let me introduce the colour card. Annie has very cleverly designed it into the colour wheel. It is a great aid when choosing colour as it works on the same basis as the regular colour wheel. Anything opposite is a complimentary. So for instance, opposite “English Yellow” is “Burgundy” this means these two colours will sit comfortably together and compliment each other, they don’t argue…


So I hope this incoming week you will give “English Yellow” a try. You can even use the empty can when you have finished! They make excellent flower pots. I used this weeks can and planted some daffodils and it now has pride of place in our window display.


As I mentioned at the start we also bought the Guinea pigs a new house, now that the weather is set to improve they can live outside. At Naomi’s request it was, of course, Yellow… Happy guinea pigs.



Follow my “Colour” board on Pinterest for more inspiration.


Have a great week everyone! 


Jill x

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