Now is the perfect time to start thinking about redecorating. Cold days and bad weather are ideal for indoor craft activities and there are endless sources of inspiration. With this in mind I’m once again going to advocate the moodboard.

Once we’ve gotten through the festive season it’s easy to experience a post Christmas slump. But the New Year brings with it new ideas and a fresh perspective.

As every designer knows, keeping a moodboard or even a scrap book of ideas helps you to focus your creativity. Cut pictures of furniture you like from magazines, take photographs of places or objects which inspire you and create a collage of loveliness.

The New Year also brings a whole new season of fabulous trends and one of the biggest trends for 2012 is yellow. Yellow is the colour of happiness and positivity, but it sometimes gets a bad reputation in the design world.

For some people, yellow just doesn’t work; it’s too bright, too garish and just too, well, yellow!

But yellow has grown up. Next season’s yellow is warm and earthy and dare I say it, understated. Think rich golden sunsets and deep mustard hues.

The beautifully hand crafted Cecilia sofa from Barker and Stonehouse is a perfect example of the new yellow.

It’s compact art deco shape it set off by its golden citrus shade, whilst the meticulous attention to quality and detail is evident in the generous rolled arms, deep buttoned back and soft cushions that invite hours of relaxation.

The contrasting scatter cushions are soft navy velvet and stonewash blue with a pretty leaf print.

Mustard yellow looks stunning set against navy, like night and day it is the perfect juxtaposition of colour.

With the Marlene, Natuzzi has created a classic armchair with a retro twist. Its nineteenth century style, deep seat and high welcoming backrest give it a comforting and familiar shape, whilst its slim lines and curled armrests give it a refined look. Available in dusky yellow or deep navy, pair two of the chairs together for a sophisticated contrast.

Alternatively you can introduce other subtle spring shades such as sage green, stonewashed blue and muted rose through accessories.

Yellow is also a good colour for a guest room. It’s warm and welcoming and can help you maxmise natural light in a small area.

To help you further with the space issue, Barker and Stonehouse has the Pandora Compact, a three seater sofa bed in burnished yellow sofa which comes with its own unique inflatable mattress to ensure your guests get the best night’s sleep possible.

And if yellow still hasn’t won you over, try adding just a touch of a golden shade. The Harlequin rug in Rose Gold features two large blooms, giving you a pop of floral sunshine and will work with just about any colour scheme.

So after the last of the turkey has been eaten, the cards have come down and the tree has put away for another year, why not let the sun shine and give yellow a try?

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