A dash of mustard
Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30
When I'm asked to think of one shade I've seen creeping across fashion and homewares lately, autumnal mustard springs to mind. Yellows with rich brown and sandy undertones make a swift and easy move from the bright summer shades that have been injected into our homes over the last five months. Mustard instantly adds warmth to a space, taking the edge off the darker evenings.
Going all out and painting with mustard tones is, of course, a long-term commitment, but the beauty of the shade is that it works all-year-round and can become paler or darker when teamed with the right complementary colours. Head of creative at Farrow & Ball, Charlotte Crosby, says: "India Yellow is a dark, rich mustard tone, reminiscent of a vintage summer scene - and adds warm radiant accents to a room. Try pairing it with bolder accents such as Tanners Brown and Off Black in larger rooms. In a smaller room, the colour will be more intense so try pairing with a softer accent like Shadow White.
"For a lighter mustard tone, Hay is perfect for creating rooms that have a hushed atmosphere as well as an unmatched depth and gentleness. It's not a hot or sunny yellow, although it becomes rawer in bright light, but rather an aged, whimsical tone with an underlying green so it's best to counterbalance it with colours of the same weight such as Oval Room Blue and Setting Plaster to create an uplifting room and cohesive flow."
On the other end of the scale, and if painting isn't on the cards, then inject a dash of mustard to the home quickly and easily through accessories and furniture.
"If you are nervous about overdoing it with mustard, you can start by adding little pops of colour with cushions and throws," says Sarah Drumm of online interiors store Dust.ie. "This is a great way to completely change the look and feel of your space without making a big investment. If you are feeling more confident, then a mustard sofa can add real impact to a room.
"It's a great autumnal colour which will add impact, warmth and interest to your interiors. It's not surprising that mustard is having a moment - our obsession with brass is still going strong and mustard is the perfect golden hue to work alongside your brass elements, while also introducing some interest and sophistication.
"Adding a pop of mustard alongside a dark teal or rich navy blue can create a really cosy, interesting space. While it works equally well with a more neutral palette of pale greys for a really sophisticated look," says Sarah.
Mustard may be having a moment but it is also one of those timeless shades that lifts any room, while its depth means it is not as garish as other yellows.
As yellow is associated with optimism, energy and intellect, why wouldn't it be an excellent choice for decorating an interior space?
Anna Shelswell-White is editor of House and Home magazine