Black, Yellow and White living room

You all responded so well to Cathy Elsmore’s glorious before-and-after boudoir that I had to do a bit of a back-by-popular-demand scenario and show you another room in her home. This time around, I’m showcasing her lovely living room, which sports an on-trend black, yellow and white colour palette and is filled with my favourite things – cushions! Read on for more photos and Cathy’s vision for the room.

Black, Yellow and White living room

Furniture aside (which is stunning) I’m rather impressed by Cathy’s grey wall – a daring move that would intimidate many.

“I wanted to create a space that was welcoming and bright,” Cathy tells me. “But as my lounge suite was white, I needed to create a backdrop that would enhance it so it didn’t fade into the wall behind”.

Mission accomplished I say; this wall colour is bold enough to make a statement but doesn’t dominate the space, allowing the lounge suite to pop and for the colourful accessories to take centre stage.

The art on Cathy’s wall is another standout. The best part of this story is that she created it herself (I love a fellow DIYer!).

“I used IKEA frames and mats, cut out the fabric I sourced from Spotlight, taped it to the back of the mat, replaced the backing board and came up with three new pieces of personalised artwork,” she says.

Black, Yellow and White living room

A room created on a tight budget, Cathy picked up other pieces for the space from Salt and Pepper, eBay, Home Republic and The Reject Shop.

“Not everyone has thousands of dollars to hand over for a room makeover,” Cathy concludes. “My motto is ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’, so haggle”.

What do you think of this black, yellow and white colour palette? I can’t get enough of it. Drop me a comment below and share your thoughts on Cathy’s space.

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17 Comments

  • Karen
    Posted 25 October, 2013 9:50 am 0Likes

    Another gorgeous room! Not a big fan of yellow, doesn’t work in my house but these neutrals would go with any scheme. Love your money saving ideas!

  • Jan
    Posted 26 October, 2013 7:38 am 0Likes

    Another amazing room, she truly knows how to make the space come alive and im loving the clolours. I need her to do my house. 🙂

  • Linda
    Posted 26 October, 2013 8:09 am 0Likes

    Your room is so beautiful and inviting, I love the money saving ideas too and the room displays that you don’t have to buy high end accessories to style a room.

  • Sharon Brown
    Posted 26 October, 2013 9:05 am 0Likes

    I have seen this room in real life and it is even better than the photo’s show. Cathy has a real talent for interior design. Her bedroom is to die for and the family room is stunning and inviting. I will definately ask for some advice from Cathy next time we redecorate.

  • melissa
    Posted 26 October, 2013 12:05 pm 0Likes

    Absolutely stunning. I love how a budget is put into it. Nothing worst than having to slend a fortune. Just love the mix of colours. Great work. Would love to see more. . . .

  • Vicki Patterson
    Posted 26 October, 2013 2:05 pm 0Likes

    I have seen cathys home at it is amazing she oozes talent and style, and she dose it with minimal cost , her ideas are inspiring , she will be asset to anyone who is thinking of decorating. Congratulations cathy your home is beautiful .

  • June Acton
    Posted 26 October, 2013 4:55 pm 0Likes

    beautiful yellow room, you have so much imagination, you have a gift, I look forward to seeing more of your designs

  • Kate
    Posted 26 October, 2013 7:48 pm 0Likes

    This room is just so inspiring, it has been executed with just the right balance of textures and tones. I am going to steal some of Cathy’s tips and budget ideas for my next attempt at DIY. Thanks for sharing Cathy.

  • Natalie Hale
    Posted 28 October, 2013 12:46 am 0Likes

    What an eye for detail you have Cathy. The out come from your ideas are fabulous and inspiring. It takes talent to get all the right textures and products perfect and you nail it every time. Cant wait to see what else you come up with.

  • Karina
    Posted 28 October, 2013 7:03 am 0Likes

    I truly love this room, it’s modern, but certainly not daunting, like a lot at the moment, not too many different colours, and to think how much this room didn’t cost. And I’m with you, would never of given that grey used on back wall, never ever. Thanks for reminding us, who don’t have ‘buckets’ of money, that u just don’t need it, I’m very impressed and can’t wait to view Cathy’s next project, especially the ones that can be achieved on a budget.
    Ready please. P.s. what state does Cathy work in and what company or is she freelance?? Lovely, truly

    • Cathy
      Posted 4 November, 2013 8:49 am 0Likes

      Hi Karina, thank you for your beautiful comment. I live in Adelaide, currently I do not work for a company but would love the opportunity to be involved in the industry.

  • Nicole
    Posted 28 October, 2013 11:49 pm 0Likes

    what an absolutely stunning room – great colour scheme and excellent ideas.
    Very inspiring 🙂

  • Cathy
    Posted 4 November, 2013 8:44 am 0Likes

    Thank you all so much for your inspirational comments.

    • Shelley
      Posted 6 August, 2015 12:28 am 0Likes

      Cathy, would you please tell me the color paint did you used on these walls? They work so well with your room! I would appreciate it if you let me know the color on both walls. Beautiful anchor for the modern look & yellow! Thank you.

  • ethel esprit
    Posted 25 March, 2016 10:26 pm 0Likes

    What are the colors on the wall? Redoing my bedroom in those colors. This is absolutely gorgeous! I have tried a sample of revere pewter
    Not sure if this will work now that I’ve seen your

  • Grace
    Posted 20 June, 2016 10:35 am 0Likes

    What is the paint color in grey

  • PURNA
    Posted 17 May, 2017 3:55 am 0Likes

    Amazing Room . Loved it . From where did you bought the Area Rug ?

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