Mustard yellow is popping up everywhere as a 2018 color trend both in fashion and home design. Lately, style tastemakers from Dwell Studio founder Christiane Lemieuxr to Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson are all talking up this earthy hue. Ultra violet might be the Pantone Color of the Year, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only color trend to try.
A richer version of yellow, mustard adds warmth to a room without being too loud or bright. In many ways it can be treated the same as a neutral like beige or cream.
Today as part of our Color Files series, we’re sharing multiple ways to make mustard yellow work in your home decor. Read on for inspiration, including mustard yellow paint colors, and our favorite mustard yellow home decor items!
How to Decorate with Mustard Yellow
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Mustard Yellow Colored Ceilings
Have you ever considered using color on a ceiling? While it might not be the first place you’d think to add color, the nursery and bedroom below show the powerful statement mustard yellow ceilings can make. A colored ceiling is both cheery and unexpected–a perfect design combination.
Cute Yellow Nursery via BHG
Sky High Yellows via BHG
Mustard Yellow Wallpaper
Wallpaper creates a unique statement in any room. A pattern like the gilded leaf wallpaper below adds texture and warmth to the otherwise neutral bedroom. Feeling creative? Apply wallpaper in stripes against a painted wall in the same color family like this mustard yellow dining room from BHG.
A Glam 1934 Craftsman Bungalow via Apartment Therapy
Mustard Yellow Wall Color
Painting the walls is an obvious choice when it comes to selecting a feature color for a room. Make a statement by painting a living room or bathroom in one of the many stunning mustard paint options. Incorporating green and blue accents create a cohesive feel as demonstrated in this living room from BHG.
Yellow Paint Colors Layer It In via BHG
Yellow Bathroom Design Ideas via BHG
Mustard Yellow Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re like us, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Why not add some subtle cheer to your space with mustard yellow cabinets? The kitchens below incorporate the mustard hue not only with the cabinets but also with the tile backsplash and even the light fixtures.
Decorating with Cozy Yellow via BHG
Mustard Yellow Furniture
Don’t be afraid to incorporate mustard colored furniture into a room. A mustard couch or arm chair acts more like a neutral than say a bright magenta or ultra violet option. To keep the color palette anchored in natural hues, add sage and grass green accents as seen in Fran from Fall for DIY’s living room. Pink is another great color to pair with mustard.
Easy DIY Wooden Studio Sofa via Fall for DIY
Mod Mustard via BHG
Mustard Yellow Decor Accents
Still not sure if you’re ready to commit to this color trend? Start simple by adding mustard hued pillows and flowers to a bedroom. A printed upholstered headboard or embellished lamp shade are other great decor options. White bedding creates a clean backdrop to make your yellow decor accents pop.
Yellow as an Accent via BHG
A Color Expert’s Own Brightly Hued Home via Apartment Therapy
Below, we’ve rounded up mustard yellow home decor items to help you try out this color trend in your own home. Simply click any of the images below to learn more about each item. You may have to double-tap on mobile.
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