One way or another, 2017 is turning out to be a bleak year in the eyes of many. Whether it's Brexit or Trump, Isis attacks or the death of Chris Cornell, it’s been a tough start to the year. But part of the answer - at least on the catwalks - has been colour. Vogue picked out Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga for their vibrant colours - while Tibi, Agnona and Issey Miyake all used the same ripe yellow in their collections. This is not an accident. When people feel depressed or down they naturally reach for yellow, which psychologists consider to be the shade of high energy, hope and cheerfulness.
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As the models found, yellow isn’t the kindest colour to wear, and it’s not always easy in room decor either. It’s a colour that can create great energy - but not always good energy. In medieval times the ‘yellow bile’ was said to create bad-tempered, choleric, and ill people and it’s associated with cowardice and ‘turncoats’.
Using yellow is complicated - too much makes the eyes uneasy, but not enough makes the mood low. While it’s the colour of summer, it’s also associated with commonplace and cheap items like the sensational yellow press of the 1890s.
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At Space and Shape we favour splashes of yellow that create the impression of strong sunlight and warm days which is why EMKO Macaron yellow oak lamp is an ideal purchase for a slightly shady room - give it a try where you eat your breakfast and see if it doesn’t bring a little sunshine into your morning!