Yellow: Brightening Spaces
Vivid shades of yellow are proving a popular colour choice for commercial interiors. Daringly applied to floors, walls and ceilings, the bold hue is transforming retail, work and public spaces into friendly and optimistic environments. We highlight the latest most inspiring examples.
- Retail Spaces: The recently renovated interior of US luxury fashion brand Calvin Klein’s New York flagship store is flooded with a bright primary yellow. Covering the walls, ceilings and shop fittings, the radiant colour makes the store interior glow, in contrast with the grey stone of the building’s exterior. See also New York Retail City Guide: September 2017.
A similar shade of yellow fills the entrance hall of Russian concept store Like Shop. The wall and ceiling colour extends to the matching vinyl flooring and furniture, creating an all-encompassing yellow space. The main showroom, in bright white, helps to amplify the intensity of the yellow entrance.
See Teen Brands Reboot the Colour Pink for more colour-filled retail spaces.
- Workspaces: London-based co-working space Second Home Holland Park combines bold yellow accents with biophilia and natural light to create a warm but open working environment. Designed by Spanish studio SelgasCano, the studio spaces feature sunshine-yellow flooring, while primary-yellow staircases, door frames and handrails provide uplifting pops of colour throughout.
Istanbul design studio Renda Helin created a playful industrial workspace for Turkish manufacturing company Emre Group by pairing bright yellow with materials such as concrete, brick and metal mesh. The yellow – applied to signage, room dividers and furniture pieces – is enhanced by black accents throughout.
See Materialising Modern Work – part of our Macro Trend The Work/Life Revolution – for more on the latest visual directions for workspaces.
- Public Spaces: The new Teaching Lab at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands features a largescale, interconnecting and flexible structure (including a podium, pop-up learning studios and workspaces) in an imposing sunshine yellow. Carpet, plasterboard and wall panels are all finished in the colour. Dutch design company Group A, which designed the space, chose the shade to aid concentration.
Cancer care centre Maggie’s in Oldham, UK offsets natural vistas, daylight and wooden panelling with bright yellow doors and poured resin floors in a bid to avoid traditional clinical environments. Designed by London-based studio Drmm, the yellow shade creates a feeling of empowerment and optimism for patients.
Our A/W 18/19 Colour Direction Playful Optimism features a bright and uplifting palette, including yellow shades Gold Fusion and Sunshine.
As an unconventional choice for commercial interior spaces, variations of yellow in different tones, textures and finishes could be further explored for other eye-catching applications in architecture and interiors, or for different sectors such as packaging and product design.