Friday 12 September 2014

Yellow walls - part one

For some time I have been collecting images of yellow-painted rooms. I don't know why I started it, there was just something about the way each owner decorated a yellow room that I found intriguing. Mainly I found these rooms in grand homes that I don't really feature much on the blog. Have you ever painted a wall yellow? I once had a yellow-painted kitchen, which felt really warm, and I have used yellow in other rooms in the past. The shades I chose were either soft or deep ones with a hint of orange (think saffron or turmeric). The only yellow shade that bothers me on walls is a very bright one or a cool version of yellow. I need my yellows warm and I think such rooms look beautiful with wooden furniture.

Let's start with a yellow drawing room in the Ven House, an 18th-century country estate in Milborne Port, Somerset now owned by British fashion designer Jasper Conran. It's a stunning house that was featured in the October 2011 issue of The World of Interiors. To restore it Conran got help from antique dealer and interior consultant Edward Hurst.
Conran's yellow drawing room in the Ven House seen from the opposite direction

The next yellow room belongs to interior designer Hélène Aumont, who has created a Parisian-inspired hideaway in the Santa Ynez valley. Her room feels very relaxed; it's the perfect farmhouse setting. Aumont grew up in Paris, in the 16th arrondissement, and spent much of her childhood on a ranch in Corsica.

For a soft version of yellow, I have chosen interior designer Alidad's drawing room in London, which I find beautifully styled. Alidad was born in Tehran but lives in London. The award-winning designer has international clients that include celebrities like Bono, Adele, Madonna, and Beyoncé, just to name a few. By the way, that tapestry on his wall is 17th-century Flemish.
A yellow-painted and rustic dining room in a 400-year-old villa in Moncalieri, Italy

This grand living room below is located in Manila, Philippines and is a Mario Buatta design. If you are interested in the legendary work of the designer there is a book called Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration that was published by Rizzoli last year.

Finally, I'm showing you a stylishly decorated orange-yellow room in North Carolina, a Miles Redd design. I think this is such a beautiful shade of yellow and the white furniture is a perfect mix. It has nothing to do with the room but the photographer is the late Fernando Bengoechea, who died while vacationing in Sri Lanka when the 2004 tsunami hit. He was there with his partner, designer Nate Berkus.


photo credit:
1-2: Tim Beddow for The World of Interiors via Loveisspeed + Mark D. Sikes | 3: Paul Rocheleau for C Home | 4: Simon Upton for Elle Decor | 5: Michel Arnaud for Architectural Digest | 6: Mary E. Nichols for Architectural Digest | 7: Fernando Bengoechea for Elle Decor, February/March 2001 via Decor Design Review


  1. I remember my home as a child had the hallway painted in a warm shade of yellow and it looked very cosy and elegant at the same time. I like the rustic style of the room in the villa in Moncalieri. Just perfect for autumn days.

    1. A few years back this probably would have been my dream dining room. There was a time when I was rustic country home obsessed ;-)

  2. The first two photos are a dream! Canary or pastel yellow would be my own choices for a home.

    1. I agree with you on Conran's space; it's beautiful.


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