Mustard:the hot shade for cosy interiors this winter

Top tips for creating warm interiors with mustard accents and accessories...

Click to follow

Rich yet vibrant, mustard bridges the gap between muted earthy browns and sunshine yellow. It’s often seen as a tricky colour to wear but in home design it’s a different story. Full of warmth, it makes rooms feel cosy and inviting.

In homeware this season, mustard is as hot as the condiment, ranging from the darker browns of French mustard to the more zippy yellows of its English counterpart.

Lighter mustard veering towards custard yellow looks funky and pop paired with fuchsia and turquoise. Teamed with smoky grey or midnight blue, playing up its rich luminosity, mustard looks truly contemporary.

Thanks to their geometric patterns, Welsh Blankets’ mustard cushions look crisply modern, while the new Harvest home range from Sainsbury’s includes knitted wool cushions and a tray adorned with midcentury-style wheat stalks and poppy seedpods.

Lighting is one area where mustard is much in evidence. Habitat’s Tommy light, Hand & Eye Studio’s Bright Things pendant lamp and Wild & Wolf’s globe and task lights all come in a shade that’s as searingly sharp as Colman’s mustard.

In flooring, Ben Pentreath’s Quirky B carpeting for Alternative Flooring is heavy on the mustard, while La Manufacture Cogolin’s Variamen Marelaggi rug comes in a strong, saturated version of the shade. Floors — or walls — can be covered with Tile Trader’s La Fayette glazed porcelain tiles in mustard, blue and grey.

Wallpapers with bold prints make a strong statement, from Cole & Son’s Delano design to Wayne Hemingway’s Do the Stretch paper for Graham & Brown.

The trend also applies to paint colours, from Everlong’s chalk paint, Dijon Mustard, in a dinky pot recalling a mustard jar, to Neptune’s new Mustard shade. Mustard and grey is a beautiful, very modern coupling.

Mustard also works well as an accent colour in furniture or accessories. Amy Somerville’s Marlenaz desk has a mustard leather top, and Jaime Hayón’s Favn sofa, from Aram, pays tribute to Fifties Danish design. Used sparingly, mustard still adds pizzazz, as Vanderhurd’s mustard and fuchsia Flower Cut Out cushion and Oiva Toikka’s glass birds from Iittala prove.

Schüller’s Biella kitchen range, in Curry, from InHouse. These units are £6,125 plus VAT, Buy it now
Do the Stretch wallpaper by Wayne Hemingway, £20 a roll, Graham & Brown, Buy it now
Cushions from Sainsbury’s Harvest range, £12-£16, Buy it now


Delano wallpaper from Cole & Son, £76 per 10m roll, Buy it now
Bright Things pendant light by Hand & Eye Studio, £300, Buy it now


Everlong Superior Finish Chalk Paint, in Dijon, £28.99 for one litre from The Useful Shop, Buy it now


Follow us on Twitter @HomesProperty, Facebook and Instagram