Carlton Wagner may have given yellow in kids’ rooms a bad rep, but could this sunny shade actually be right for the space? “Babies cry more, and temperamental people explode most quickly, in yellow rooms” claimed Carlton Wagner back in 1989.
During the last few years I have had many a discussion over whether yellow should be used in a baby’s nursery. You only need to search “Do babies cry in yellow rooms?” online and you will discover pages of comments from interior designers and home decorators recommending against using yellow in a nursery, for fear it will make babies cry more. Following yet another recent conversation by a client asking about the use of yellow in her baby’s room, I thought it relevant to discuss the topic in a little more depth.
Why yellow got some slack
Besides interiors, he also consulted on product packaging and branding, gaining credibility and influence with his understanding and use of colour psychology. For the most part, Wagner’s work was supported by research.
On the other hand, he also claimed that not only did the colour yellow make babies cry, it also made the elderly lose muscle control and shake in its presence, and predicted that Giorgio perfume would fail due to its yellow and white packaging. Back in the mid-’80s, American interior designer Carlton Wagner formed The Wagner Institute for Colour Research in Santa Barbara, California.
His influence created a silent embargo on using yellow within a baby’s nursery, which has continued to the present day. With little research to support his claim on yellow, rumour has it that he just hated the colour and even suggested it should be obliterated from planet Earth!
Next I am going to talk about how colour has an impact on us.
I have a few interesting tips to share with you on decorating a room with class, clean lines and shapes.
Keep your colour palette very simple. If you add a lot of colour it makes your space overdone and busy. If you use a range of colours in the same family it will give you a great result and will be easy to decorate.
Texture is very important, if you have too many smooth finishes this will result with a cold feeling. Add linens and weaves to your furnishings and this will add a beautiful touch. Great decorator pieces in clay pottery and porcelain compliment each other and add texture. “Keep it simple”
Add the personal touches by having great subtle wall pieces and add a great shaped glass vase with beautiful cut flowers or a simple branch from a shrub in your garden to add the personal touch necessary to create a beautiful space.
I would love to hear from you and “happy decorating”
You’re faced with the question of whether to stay where you are or move? It may be your family home where you have strong emotional ties or that you love the location but the existing home no longer meets your needs.
Do I stay or go?
Before you can make the decision to renovate, first ask yourself the question “I have the house, can I change it to make the difference that will achieve the ideal result and is renovation the best financial option”
What are our lifestyle, work and family needs? Will we entertain a lot? Will we want private areas for chilling out?
Renovation is an exciting and challenging time and to ensure it goes smoothly, planning and preparation are the major keys, regardless of whether you decide to prepare and document all the creative details yourself or engage a professional Designer/Decorator to work with you through this very important stage to prepare a “Brief” for your project.
You need “TO DEFINE YOUR LOOK”. The path to being happy with the result is to begin with great ideas, join Pinterest the online social bookmarking tool to collect and store ideas, thumb through magazines and books, search the Internet for inspiration, make a scrapbook of magazine clippings that appeal to you and also paint sample boards in the colours you are considering and look at them under different light levels. Take the time early on to sort out your details and don’t make hasty decisions.
At another time I will talk further on achieving the “WOW” factor in decorating your project.