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Bold and brave: how to style a mustard interior

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Olivia Lowry
Bold and brave: how to style a mustard interior

Do you want mustard with that? This vibrant colour is seeing no sign of slowing down when it comes to interior trends, and for good reason. Full of personality and exuding happiness, these yellow tones aren’t just for 1970’s decor enthusiasts. Unlike the 70’s, you’ll find no avocado bathroom suites and shag carpets here. With floor to ceiling ideas to get you started, we’ve rounded up some interior inspiration on how you can make mustard work in your home. 


1. Walls and floor

Mustard yellow sofa styling

The tried and tested combination of mustard and grey is a confident statement for your living room. Create a dramatic contrasting look to your walls with a dark, storm grey, or bring a touch of softness and tranquility to your home with a light stone grey. If you’re feeling brave, combining mustard with the equally cool-toned feel of blues on the walls is bold, creating a total transformation of your space.

Let your mustard sofa do all the talking. When it comes to floors, pair your sofa with a subtle patterned rug in either neutral beige or brown. If pops of colour are your thing, try a traditional style flat weave rug in pinks or blues to give mid-century a modern twist. 

2. Textiles and soft furnishings 

Armchair mustard and dark grey

With the Model 01 and Model 02 collections in mustard velvet, a contrasting organic-feel can work well when it comes to cosy blankets and cushions. Drape black linen-blend throws over the sofa for an understated addition, or channel a 1920’s vibe with embellished cushions in dazzling hues. Play around with pairing different fabrics together until you achieve the look you’re after. Layer up different shapes of scatter cushions; from berber-inspired bolsters to rounded pintuck ones. If you’d prefer to keep it simple, add a few square cushions in a block colour like charcoal, for minimal dressing. 

3. Artwork

When it comes to yellow, mid century modern artwork pairs well. Taking inspiration from the likes of Bauhaus, we’ve paired our Model 02 here with an understated abstract piece that favours curved silhouettes (much like the sofa itself). Other abstract shapes in large, bold darker wood frames are perfect for mustard furniture. For more detailed, delicate pieces, introduce floral and nature-inspired patterns in complementary hues like burnt orange, deep brown, and jewel-like ruby red. Now’s the time to experiment with off-centre placements, and quirky gallery walls. Don’t be afraid to play around with combinations to achieve the look you’re after.

4. Lighting

3 seater sofa in mustard

Mustard, as an interior colour choice, is not only great to brighten up small spaces and make them feel bigger, but to focus the eye in larger rooms when the sofa is the centrepiece. 

At dusk, when it’s time to draw the curtains closed, lighting the room well ensures your mustard sofa stays in the limelight. Frame the sofa by adding a series of small table lamps dotted around the room. To guarantee  a super cosy atmosphere, make sure the lighting is set at different heights. Alternatively, go for the drama with a contrasting neon piece on the wall in a colour of your choice. 

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If you’ve enjoyed this blog, you might also like: 13 living room featured wall ideas, sofa ideas for your home, or Year of the Tiger: 4 bold, rebellious colour scheme.

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