Make it mustard: how to use earthy yellow in every room

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Mustard, ochre, harvest gold, turmeric, saffron. Whatever you want to call it, this dark yellow hue is everywhere this year.

Anyone who’s seen my Instagram feed will know that this sunny shade has been creeping its way into a few different corners of my home in 2019. And I especially love it this time of year, as summer eases gently into autumn…or if you live in London, as the sweltering week-long heatwave formerly known as summer smashes to an abrupt end in a torrent of thundering rain. And then back to pavement-melting el scorchio again.

If you had asked me just a couple years ago I would have said yellow - any variety really - was way down the bottom of the pile in my least-favourite-colour category. I even banished yellow flowers from the garden. So I’m not quite sure what happened, but I suspect that having a mostly cool toned home with lots of moody blues and easy-going greys has left the door wide open for a splash or two of something a bit warmer and brighter.

If you’re like me and tend towards the more aquatic end of the earthy colour spectrum, the idea of introducing a spicy dark diijon to your home ham sandwich might leave you, er, sweating in the pan. Which is exactly why it’s the perfect versatile shade to introduce in smaller doses with art and accessories, where it will have impact without overwhelming.

this is  forms 1 , a limited edition screenprint by angus vasili, £110 at artfinder. i love the block colours, strong shapes and references to brutalist architecture…my second architectural love after victorian properties. plant pot is from amara and painted in frenchic lazy range paint in  hot as mustard [paint kindly gifted].

this is forms 1, a limited edition screenprint by angus vasili, £110 at artfinder. i love the block colours, strong shapes and references to brutalist architecture…my second architectural love after victorian properties. plant pot is from amara and painted in frenchic lazy range paint in hot as mustard [paint kindly gifted].

I’ve teamed up with Artfinder - the online art marketplace that connects buyers with independent artists - to share four distinct looks for using mustard in any room of your home. Four perfect pairings of my top mustard-y art picks from their huge selection alongside some of my favourite mustard furniture and home accessory finds. Mostly high street but with a few high end head-turners too.

So, are you already a lover of sunshine shades, or might these mood boards convince you to give it a go? If you’re up for more mustarty (sorry, I had to) inspo, you can check out all of my favourite ochre pieces available from Artfinder artists in this curated collection. Just be prepared to fall down the rabbit hole for a while - this is an art market of epic proportions.

 

A fun pattern-clash bedroom

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Products pictured (clockwise from top left):

  1. Abstract Leaf Carved Rug, Marks & Spencer

  2. Plugged In acrylic painting by Daniel Shipton, Artfinder

  3. Leopard Jaquard Cushion, Marks & Spencer

  4. Bonnet Metal Table Lamp, Present Time at Smallable

  5. Lisbon living Mustard and White Basket, Sainsbury’s Home

  6. Patterned Duvet Cover, H&M Home

  7. Manette Bed in Turmeric Velvet, Soho Home

 

A glam fringe-and-brass lover’s living room

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A modern black and ochre bathroom

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A scandi saffron minimalist kitchen

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Artfinder is an art marketplace that connects buyers with independent artists. Featuring 450k+ artworks by 11,000 artists around the world, their mission is to give art-lovers access to the widest range of original art possible, and help more artists to make a living from their work at the same time.

And aside from the obvious draw - their giant selection of artworks at all price points - they’ve also recently been awarded Certified B Corporation status, which means they’re working towards reduced inequality, a healthier environment and stronger communities. So you can fill your walls and feel good knowing your hard-earned cash is going to a business working hard to address society’s biggest challenges, balancing profit and purpose.