Kitchen Trends 2012… Yellow Kitchens

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Well I was listening to a clip on the radio last night on fashion and they played one of the pivotal scenes from the Film ‘The Devil wears Prada’ and it got me thinking abut the way yellow kitchens seem to be popping up all over the place lately: magazines, showrooms, I even featured one recently on Facebook… and I wondered should we bravely (blindly?) follow trends or play it safe and just dip our toe in?

You see in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ there is one scene where Andy (Anne Hathaway) is wearing a scruffy blue jumper. Andy is the lowly assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) who is supposed to be loosely based on Anna Wintour, Editor of Vogue magasine. Up to now Andy has pointedly ridiculed the shallowness of the fashion industry but in this scene Miranda gives Andy the education of her life as to how haute couture Oscar de la Renta Cerule dress eventually trickled down to Andrea’s ‘blue’ clearance bin sweater.

As Miranda (Andy’s boss) puts it…

Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] something funny?
Andy Sachs: No. No, no. Nothing’s… You know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. You know, I’m still learning about all this stuff and, uh…
Miranda Priestly: ‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.

So what’s cerulean (blue) got to do with yellow?! I admit, not a lot colour wise! but its more about the way certain colours become ‘the in colour’ and do we have the confidence / courage / budget to follow a trend completely, or are we better off being a little restrained and add some ‘trend’ touches with a light hand instead?

Coming from someone who until recently had navy tiles/navy worktop/ navy chairs and Tuscany walls ala 1990’s who am I to talk! But having gotten tired of the colour scheme of my kitchen, not to mention the fact that it cost me a fortune in artificial light as it was too dark for a kitchen that was short of natural light, I decided that if ever I was in the lucky position again to be able to change it, then I would learn from my mistakes and I would keep the main aspects of the kitchen neutral (light), and use accessories to add a touch of colour instead.

My current kitchen has white / grey tones with some olive wood, but I have still managed to introduce some pinks / purples through chair coverings (thanks to my mother!) and funky cushions.

So back to yellow, yellow, yellow… If you take a look at my pinterest board ‘yellow kitchens’ you will see that not only have I included pictures of yellow kitchens (for the very brave!) in all their dazzling, sunglasses required, brilliance I have also included pictures of more ‘neutral’ kitchens of classic and contemporary styles that still remain on trend due to accents of yellow e.g. yellow wall, yellow light fittings, yellow door etc. For the more cautious (sensible?) amongst us!!!

My last piece of advice would be that the more you accessorize a kitchen with coloured light fittings, walls, chairs etc, the more subtle I would be in selecting fittings like sinks and taps (but again, to make it easy for you i have many Boards on Pinterest that show the different styles of sinks and taps available on our website).

This way, that morning that you finally wake up and think… I hate my kitchen; you will be able to quickly change it on a very low budget.

So back to Miranda… I can only guess what she might have said about yellow kitchens… but then, do we like Miranda?!

Would love to know what your favourite colour is for a kitchen right now! Please tell me and I will do a Pinterest Board on it for you. Remember kitchen trends are the wave of the future.

Have a sunny day!

~Wise Owl

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