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A look at Cathy Elsmore’s Black, Yellow and White Living Room

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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    25 October, 2013 at 9:50 am

    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!

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    26 October, 2013 at 7:38 am

    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. 🙂

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    26 October, 2013 at 8:09 am

    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.

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    Sharon Brown
    26 October, 2013 at 9:05 am

    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.

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    26 October, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    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. . . .

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    Vicki Patterson
    26 October, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    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 .

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    June Acton
    26 October, 2013 at 4:55 pm

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

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    26 October, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    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.

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    Natalie Hale
    28 October, 2013 at 12:46 am

    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.

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    28 October, 2013 at 7:03 am

    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

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      4 November, 2013 at 8:49 am

      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.

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    28 October, 2013 at 11:49 pm

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

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    4 November, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Thank you all so much for your inspirational comments.

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      6 August, 2015 at 12:28 am

      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.

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    ethel esprit
    25 March, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    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

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    20 June, 2016 at 10:35 am

    What is the paint color in grey

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    17 May, 2017 at 3:55 am

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

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