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Will I regret painting the family room bright yellow

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neveronsunday Sun 14-Jul-13 23:33:34

Please help.

We have a large family room at the back of the house. it is North Westfacing and about 6m by 5m.

The back wall is mainly windows as we have trifold doors onto the garden plus another window.

The wall opposite has a door onto the hallway.

One wall has double doors onto the kitchen, and the opposite wall is the door onto the study but is quite a large expanse of space.

It's standard magnolia, as is most of the house, and I hate it.

We have a grey gloss IKEA TV unit and a large white Expedit unit in it. The sofa is brown I realise this doesn't go with the rest of it but it's old and knackered wink

I really want to paint it Race Yellow but I worry I've just lost my mind out of boredom

Or orange. shock

One wall is an option but, as a rule, I'm not a fan of the feature wall.

What say you oh stylish one.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sun 14-Jul-13 23:36:18

That colour is really scary grin

Yellow yes, fine, but not that.

Won't it look really 80s with the grey and white units?

neveronsunday Sun 14-Jul-13 23:37:39

I know. I think I'd quite like it.

For about a week wink

neveronsunday Sun 14-Jul-13 23:39:19

But everyone says not blue or green in north facing rooms so I'm a bit stuck.

WinkyWinkola Sun 14-Jul-13 23:41:22

Egg yolk yellow. Headache stuff.

Can you consider a gentler, sunnier yellow?

MeerkatMerkin Sun 14-Jul-13 23:42:13

No. I wouldn't. Could handle a feature wall though, perhaps a chimney breast, with the rest of the walls a pale grey to set it off. Yellow and grey are lovely together and you could get some great accessories to set it off, cushions, a throw,. Will see if I can find any links in my eBay watch list. wink

YoToast Sun 14-Jul-13 23:42:28

I like yellow but for sunny rooms. I don't think it would work in a NW facing room.

Orange is a bit, um, intense. How about something warm but not too bright, apricot or peach, maybe?

Erato Sun 14-Jul-13 23:43:49

Do you really like yellow? Because that yellow takes no prisoners. Personally I hate it but it's not my room. I like the idea of a d

Do you think you'll get bored with it? With strong colours I think it really is love or hate - if you love it you'll love the room, if you're in any way on the fence you'll probably want to repaint in 6 months.

MeerkatMerkin Sun 14-Jul-13 23:44:31

This for example is lovely. You could also offset it with duck egg, teal or navy accessories.

Erato Sun 14-Jul-13 23:44:53

Oops phone. Posted too soon!

Was going to say I like the idea of a dominant colour though, even of personally I wouldn't pick that one.

MeerkatMerkin Sun 14-Jul-13 23:47:03

Or something like this with the finer detail picking out the wall colour.

AgnesBligg Sun 14-Jul-13 23:48:46

It's a bit of a mad yellow that one. That said I quite like a yellow room, a cold yellow can look very good, and I like this one --->
less blinding yellow here

MeerkatMerkin Sun 14-Jul-13 23:49:55

Or even this with a smattering of a contrasting colour accessories, as I listed above.

These are all items I covet btw! grin

BackforGood Sun 14-Jul-13 23:50:22

I like yellow, and have used it in more than one room in my hose, but I don't like the orangey yellow (or as someone else said 'egg yolk yellow' you have linked to - I think there are much nicer, sort of paler yellows you could use.

Devora Mon 15-Jul-13 00:00:05

I like yellow, but that one is a bit blinding. I do really like Agnes' F&B shade, though. Or how about this Orla Kiely wallpaper:

Pricey to do it across all four walls, but if ever there was an excuse for a feature wall this is it. Could be matched with a pale warm grey?

neveronsunday Mon 15-Jul-13 00:02:59

I love Orla Kiely (have bag, purse & uniqlo t shirts) but worry she is becoming a bit too ubiquitous.

That's the kind of look I'm after though grin

neveronsunday Mon 15-Jul-13 00:04:53

Ooh, and that Mimosa cushion is lovely.

Can I get away with grey in a North room?

MeerkatMerkin Mon 15-Jul-13 00:36:04

Definitely, what are your lighting arrangements at present? Would depend on placement of lighting and also, what do you get from the magnolia at present? Is it dull in daytime light or does it give off a yellow tinge? I think you'd need to plan it properly but it could end up looking fantastic. Lots of bold statements like photos/pictures in thick black frames, perhaps a vintage standing lamp, lots of scope there!

KristinaM Mon 15-Jul-13 06:58:11

Yes you can have grey in a large bright north facing room. Our kitchen is a cool blue grey colour and is much admired < smug> .its also bright and north facing. Our units are also blue, worktops wood and granite and wooden floors. So lots of brown, grey and white, like your room.

I think there's a photo on my profile

I'm sorry the links to the yellows below dont work for me. But I wouldn't use the fired earth yellow. Our living room is a pale gold colour and its south facing . Also has lots of white woodwork and oak Im not opposed to yellow in principal, just that yellow .its too bright, especially on the walls of such a large room. A small amount in accessories or a print would be fine

neveronsunday Mon 15-Jul-13 07:56:11

Thank you for talking me in off the roof grin

We actually have blue/grey in our grown up room which is south facing. I love it but want a different look to this room

Ideally, I would use green as the room looks out onto the garden but lots of people have said absolutely not.

NotGoodNotBad Mon 15-Jul-13 09:10:06

What about the Indian Yellow that comes up on the same Fired Earth page as your link?

neveronsunday Mon 15-Jul-13 10:36:42

I might get a tester as looks quite beige on my computer.

Is this one less 'yolky' dayroom yellow

neveronsunday Mon 15-Jul-13 22:43:02

Alternatively, what do you think of this one

nordic spa

It's one of the Dulux light reflecting ones so shouldn't be too gloomy.

neveronsunday Mon 15-Jul-13 22:44:19

Kristina I'm very envy of your kitchen. It's beautiful!

Devora Mon 15-Jul-13 22:55:50

Why not green?

Also envy of Kristina's kitchen. If I could just have a kitchen like that once in my life I would die happy.

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