According to folklore, buttercups can reveal whether or not we like butter just by shining yellow onto our skin. There may not be a lot of scientific evidence to support this idea but the buttercup flower really is an amazing example of nature’s designing skills. The buttercup’s petals gleam like a mirror to reflect the sunlight, while its dazzling shade of yellow is designed for maximum contrast in fields of green grass, all to attract the attention of bees.

Attract attention at home by using sunny accents of bright buttercup yellow in rooms in need of an energy shot. A bold yellow accent wall is a terrific way to create a vibrant focal point in an otherwise light and neutral space. If your walls are white and you’d like to add a burst of brightness, you could try painting your woodwork and skirting boards a pale, creamy shade of yellow – this colour combination will also help small rooms seem bigger.

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