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10 yellow fabrics that will make your home feel like summer

Interiors expert Rhoda Parry shares how to introduce a little bit of sunshine into your home with yellow-coloured fabrics
10 yellow fabrics that will make your home feel like summer

Yellow fabrics have been topping the ‘Colours to get excited about’ chart in 2024. Positivity, energy and creativity are the cornerstones of this colour that’s perfectly associated with the onset of the summer season. Formerly regarded to have a treat-with-caution reputation, this radiant hue is now firmly in vogue with interior decorators and home influencers.


‘It’s safe to say yellow is the most straightforward way to incorporate a sunny hue into your decor,’ says interior designer Rose Debaerdemaecker of F&P Interiors when asked about her favourite summer home trends. ‘Pretty primrose yellows, soft buttermilks and zesty lemons are so popular right now.’


Light-loving, smile-inducing and delightful for ‘everyday’ spaces, yellow is a surefire way to bring a summery vibe into decor, but it is also a year-round colour with the ability to brighten a room that gets poor natural light and warm a space on a cold winter’s night. ‘We love using yellow to accentuate schemes that are in need of depth and warmth,’ adds Rose Debaerdemaecker.


Here we hone in 10 exceptional yellow fabrics – some romantic and nostalgic (such as Hester shown above), some contemporary and bold and suggest design-savvy ways to enliven your next project. Thanks to Linwood’s vast selection of high-quality and prestigious textiles, you’re guaranteed a ray of sunshine in every room… whatever the weather. 


Small Prints II ‘Helter Skelter’

Linwood Fabric | Small Prints II | Helter Skelter | Soleil


Yellow fabric stripes are one of the most buoyant home trends of 2024. From ‘Regency’ smart edges to free-flowing hand painted waves, this highly adaptable design classic bridges effortlessly into contemporary design thinking.


Helter Skelter in Soleil from Small Prints II is one of our most sampled fabrics,’ says Rose Debaerdemaecker. Thanks to its undulating pattern from a 17th century document, a stylised fern is held in a flowing vertical line. This colour combination of a radiant yellow and soft blue brings a lively touch to any scheme, especially when used at a living room or perhaps playroom window. For those that are shy of colour, it pairs well with neutral toned walls and furniture adding a burst of life and character when used as a bold accent cushion. Printed on ​​100% linen, this fabric can even be machine washed. 


Belleville ‘Louis’

Linwood Fabric | Belleville | Louis | Lucky Yellow


‘Yellow is always a good colour to start with if you need to increase the feel of natural light,’ says Rose Debaerdemaecker. ‘The bold, vivid pigments that make up the colour yellow, instantly radiates and illuminates areas typically known to be dark. However, it is essential to balance it out with other colours to avoid overwhelming the room.’


Belleville Luis in Lucky Yellow is a clever fabric option when applying this advice to a room scheme. A yellow ground, printed on sustainable pure linen, is layered with bounteous flowers in pink, blue, green and white in a perfect Chinoiserie style composition that makes for a statement look on curtains or as an upholstery fabric. Some or all the colours from the design can then be teased out individually onto other soft furnishings in the rooms. Dry clean only to maintain the fabric’s quality.


Small Prints ‘Bagatelle’

Linwood Fabric | Small Prints | Bagatelle | Mead


Bagatelle in Mead from the Small Prints collection is a mini damask-style pattern printed on eco-friendly 100% linen. This natural yellow fabric, reminiscent of the honeyed drink beloved by the Celts, makes an easy-going addition to communal rooms where people gather to cook and chat.


Where best to use it? ‘The most popular room we find yellow in is a kitchen,’ says Rose Debaerdemaecker. Perfect for banquette seating, or as a bench or chair seat pad, this convivial, yet quiet, pattern can be echoed throughout a downstairs space on Roman blinds or as an under-sink curtain in a pantry or utility room. Machine washable at 30 degrees, also consider it for relaxed country-style curtains or upholstered onto a corner chair for a modern country air.


Bibi ‘Shirin’

Linwood Fabric | Bibi | Shirin | Rhubarb & Custard


When it comes to Interior Colour Trends 2024, combining an intense yolk yellow and a satisfying fruity pink is a perky fabric combination that sums up the spirit of the season and ticks the box if you love high colour schemes.


Take your cue from Bibi Shirin in Rhubarb & Custard, which features a repeat of hand blocked vases bursting with simple summer flowers. The slubby linen drapes beautifully allowing you to create story-telling schemes with a nod to the theatrical. In the bedroom, bed canopies, curtains and valances are popular with the designer cognoscenti presently; while fabric covered pelmets with matching full-eight curtains are on the radar for eclectic inspired window treatments. Spot and dry clean for best results when it comes to care.


Pronto ‘018 Ochre’

Linwood Fabric | Pronto | Ochre


Rich toned yellow fabrics are a sophisticated choice if you are looking for a plain to update a much-loved piece of furniture or refresh a window with new drapes. Rose Debaerdemaecker agrees, saying: ‘a neutral – such as an ochre or gold – strikes a balance between bold and subtle’.


With its natural earth pigment, a plain weave like Pronto Ochre is a versatile woven upholstery fabric. Renowned for its durability thanks to its cotton, viscose and linen mix composition, this stain resistant plain has a luxuriously soft handle and is also an easy option for curtains. Made with sustainable practices, this fabric’s buttery yellow sister, Pronto Primrose, ‘is a popular sample choice’ adds Rose Debaerdemaecker.


Tango Weaves II ‘Sashay’

Linwood Fabric | Tango Weaves II | Sashay | Honey Pot


An abstract geometric is a contemporary way to introduce yellow to a space. Tango Weaves II in Sashay is the yellow fabric to head to for refined and visually interesting elegance against a neutral (as shown) or dark wall colour (try chocolate brown, even black).


This subtle weave, made from a 40% linen, 31% viscose, 25% cotton and 4% polyester mix (dry clean only), will stamp its style on light upholstery, such as headboards, accent chairs and window treatments such as curtains and blinds. When considering yellow, Rose Debaerdemaecker suggests: ‘Combining it with natural materials such as wood or rattan can be a way to modernise a traditional design scheme’.


Omega III ‘Citrus’

Linwood Fabric | Omega III | Citrus


Punches of piquant fabric colour are an established way to put zip and zing into a room. ‘The vibrant yellows can add a pop of energy and excitement, even if it is used sparingly,’ says Rose Debaerdemaecker.


Look to the delicious yellow velvet fabric, Omega III in Citrus, to play the role in both traditional and contemporary settings. Produced with minimal environmental impact, it is made with 60% recycled polyester and is Linwood's first sustainable velvet fabric collection. Stain-resistant and fully washable at 30 degrees, use it for loose covers on a classic chair or sofa as well as a fixed upholstery fabric (where the colour compliments dark wooden legs or arms) or make bespoke velvet curtains for a night-time room such as a study, movie room or bedroom. Olive green, navy and matt black make flattering background colour companions.


Wildlife ‘Issa’

Linwood Fabric | Wild Life | Issa | Earth


Spice yellow fabrics bring a sumptuous archaic highlight to an English Eccentric interior design scheme. Reminiscent of the ancient cultures of Persia, the Issa Earth pattern from the Wild Life collection features horses of antiquity and bedecked warriors in combative mood. This is the perfect conversation starting upholstery fabric for a classy sofa, wingback chair or as a signature bolster in living rooms, libraries and studies. 


Echo its olden reds, worn blues and aged browns sympathetically throughout on wall surfaces, artwork, rugs and accessories for an enigmatic look. ‘Even if the yellow is picked up from within a pattern that isn't too overpowering, it can then be used to layer colours to complete a 'yellow' theme,’ adds Rose Debaerdemaecker. 


Small Prints II ‘Big Top’

Linwood Fabric | Small Prints II | Big Top | Snakes & Ladders | Dominoes


Cheerful yellow fabrics made up of small-scale patterns are redolent with a bright and breezy vibe just right for the warmer months. Big Top in Snakes & Ladders is an upbeat yellow with a coral-inspired design that when combined with Dominoes black brings a chirpy atmosphere – just right for a country cottage or beach house. It also matches well with primary colours, even pastels, in the Small Prints II range.


Double it up, back-to-back, on living room curtains or four poster drapes; make it into a cute Roman blind for a bathroom window; and buy as cushions for an instant refresh for a sad-looking sofa. Or as Rose Debaerdemaecker suggests, experiment with yellow in a child's bedroom or playroom. 


Belleville ‘The Royal Garden’

Linwood Fabric | Belleville | The Royal Garden | Sorbet


Cool yellows, such as lemon, are having a moment on prestigious textiles. With an icy cleanness to them, they bring a delicate and feminine fabric edge to everything they touch. Seek out The Royal Garden fabric in Sorbet from the Belleville collection for its intricate design of blowsy florals, dove grey birds and powder blue vases. ‘Blue is a complimentary, giving it a crisp and sharp feel,’ says Rose Debaerdemaecker.


Consider this as an upholstery fabric for use in an elegant day room on a tailored sofa, as dressing room curtains or to upholster a matching tub chair. Printed onto natural fibres of 100% pure linen with a Martindale rub test of 20,000, this fabric is suitable for occasional chairs or headboards.


We hope this article has given you a little insight into why Linwood’s exceptional range of yellow-coloured fabrics should be your go-to choice for summer and year-round interiors’ interest. Whether it's patterns or plains, we have a vast selection of yellow textiles that will take your next project to the sunny side. Head over to the website to explore our fabric offering. You can filter by yellow in the drop down and order free samples.