Trend Watch | Gray and Yellow

The yellow and gray color trend that swept through the home decor industry last year has found a new home in this season’s crop of scrapbooking supplies. As the Scrapbook Update crew covered the show floor at CHA Summer 2011, we spotted line after line that was either completely inspired by a yellow and gray color palette or at least included hints of it in some way.

When I say that this color scheme was big in the home decor industry last year, I mean big! And from the looks of things, it’s still going strong this year. To demonstrate just how popular this color combination is, I put together a little pinboard on Pinterest displaying some of my favorite yellow and gray images from around the web.

And now, just as I collected some of my favorite home decor examples of yellow and gray, I’ve brought together a sampling of my favorite yellow and gray scrapbook supplies, as well!

Some scrapbooking collections are dominated by a yellow and gray color scheme, such as the Farmhouse line from October Afternoon. A sampling of decidedly yellow and/or gray papers are shown below, along with a similarly hued set of Sprinklers and a Wrap Pack from the same collection.

The Lemon Flower stack from Die Cuts with a View mixes yellow and gray with bright pops of green and sports both florals and sophisticated graphic prints. In this case the shade of gray used has a decidedly cool tone, and in fact silver glitter is used on many of the sheets in the paper pad.

My Mind’s Eye warms up the yellow and gray color scheme with their Lost and Found 2: Sunshine collection, which also mixes in a fair amount of black and cream to give the entire collection a vintage, nostalgic feel.

Remember when I mentioned that yellow and gray was a trendy color combination in the home decor industry last year? Here’s proof! When I redecorated our bedroom last summer, I selected yellow and gray bedding items from Target’s Dwell Studio collection, and when it came time to scrap a photo of the results, I instinctively reached for My Mind’s Eye’s Sunshine collection.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (Lost and Found Two: Sunshine Memories “Blossoms”, Sunshine Two of Us Damask, Sunshine Forever “Classified”, 6×6 Pad); Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (White); Letter Stickers: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine: Ash); Decorative Sticker: Studio Calico (Yellow Journaling Stickers); Color Mist: Studio Calico (Sunshine); Button: Making Memories; Brads: My Mind’s Eye (Lost and Found Two: Sunshine); Journaling Spot: Becky Higgins (Project Life); Cabochon: Etsy; Date Stamp: Office Supply

Teresa Collins’ newly announced mid-season release, Carolina Breeze, mixes her sophisticated style with soft floral patterns.

The Sunshine Broadcast line from Sassafras is filled with sunny yellows and calm grays, with hints of aqua that evoke the feel of the ocean after a storm.

One of newcomer Authentique’s debut lines, Blissful, is undeniably yellow and gray, and like the My Mind’s Eye’s Sunshine collection it also mixes in creams and blacks for a vintage feel.

Rhonna Farrer weaves her digital magic in her new Grateful Glam collection, putting her signature graphic flair on the yellow and gray trend.

Not every new line that incorporates the yellow and gray trend does so throughout the entire collection. Several new paper lines include this color palette in just one or two items in a line, sometimes mixed on the same side, and sometimes with gray on one side of the print and yellow on the other.

American Crafts’ Amy Tangerine line is a perfect example of mixing just a touch of yellow and gray into a diverse collection. “Hello Doily” and “Oh Happy Grey,” shown below, both sport gray on the front and yellow on the back, and the Kale (actually a greenish-yellow) and Slate Thickers add just a touch more of this fall trend.

Lily Bee’s Memorandum line includes a yellow and gray paper, “Time Clock,” in a pretty floral-inspired print.

KI Memories puts their signature funky twist on yellow and gray in this print (“Her Secret”) from their Hot Date collection.

Crate Paper’s Farmhouse line also includes a yellow and gray print, “Textile,” with a subtle architectural pattern in yellow on the front and a warm gray sprinkled with red dots on the back.

The yellow and gray color scheme seems to have some serious staying power in the home decor industry, but will it have the same hold on the scrapbooking industry? Only time (and the next CHA) will tell!

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11 Responses to Trend Watch | Gray and Yellow

  1. Jersey Girl Anne October 11, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Great article and love all the papers. I would love to see more layouts using the gray and yellow. Your bedroom looks amazing. I would love to see more closeups of it!

  2. Nancy N. October 11, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    This trend almost makes me like gray! LOL

    • Jersey Girl Anne October 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

      So Nancy…do you personally like this trend in colors? I can’t decide fo myself.

      • Nancy Nally October 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

        I actually really do, surprisingly. I’ve never really liked gray (maybe something to do with childhood school uniforms – shudder) but this combination is pretty irresistible! The cheery yellow “rescues” the drab gray for me, and the gray makes the yellow seem very sophisticated.

  3. AllisonLP October 11, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Gosh, I guess I totally missed the boat on the yellow and gray in home decor. My bedroom walls are yellow, and I chose to go with brown and blue accessories, which looks great, but guess what color I’ll be looking for next time I accessorize? (Yup, gray).
    I love yellow and gray, and have used it quite a bit in my scrapbook pages lately. As I scrapbook mostly for my boyz, yellow and gray are great colors that keep my pages masculine, yet still pretty 🙂

  4. pegg October 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Really enjoying your articles! I love this combo and am happy to see so many options out there in all the lines. I wear a lot of gray in general. I think gray is a great neutral – you can pair a lot with it (like kraft).

  5. Emily October 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Great article! I had a lack of yellow paper is my stash so I bought the Lemon Flower stack @ the last Joannes sale. I love every sheet and even put several in my Halloween Counterfeit Kit this month.

  6. Jo October 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I have never been a fan of the grey and yellow trend … till i saw the MME and Authentique lines in person …. gorgeous stuff, gorgeous palette … I’m a believer!!!

  7. Gab October 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Ooh I really like this trend. Great article, thanks Melissa!

  8. Molly October 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Just looking at this article makes me happy 🙂 Love your article and choice of collections you featured… I absolutely love Farmhouse and Sunshine Broadcast! So pretty! I love this color combo!

  9. Sara G. October 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Great article and layout! I made my own gray and yellow layout last night. 🙂

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