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06 Nov 18

  • colour crush
  • Interior Design

So another new announcement on the blog, I’m going to be introducing another new monthly blog post, and its called Colour crush. It’s my opportunity to take a colour that I’m presently lusting over and share with you how it can work within a decorating scheme.

First up, maybe because I’m inspired by all things pumpkin latte and autumn leaves right now,  this month the colour I’m crushing over is Mustard. Otherwise called saffron, tumeric it’s basically a delicious warm, robust and cosy yellow. And works marvelously well in interior design schemes. It is a colour I have been seeing everywhere by the trend setters too. There were plenty of mustard yellow velvet sofa’s everywhere across London design week last September. So expect to see even more of this designers favourite hue rolling out onto the high street soon.

As avid followers of mine will already know, I love to add yellow into many my design schemes. It is the go to happy colour and gives a colour scheme some real pep. I love the way it sings loud against deeper blues, warms up otherwise chilly grey schemes and looks just at home with its close cousins, deep maroon and rust. So a versatile little colour all round I’m sure you’l agree. While I often opt for more of a zesty hue, right now I’m loving  this deeper more serious shade yellow.



Interior designer Sophie Robinson talks about interiors mustard trend, Paint & Paper Library living room ceiling painted in Muga

Ceiling painted in Muga; Wall in Paper lll; lower wall in Paper V, door architrave in Paper lll and hallway painted in Morning Room, Pure Flat Emulsion £48.50 for 2.5L, Architects’ Eggshell £66.50 for 2.5L, by Paint & Paper Library

So first up, let’s talk about the fifth wall. Interior designers are going bonkers for painting ceilings a bold colour. It’s the new feature wall. Sarah Mitchehall, the finalist and spoiler alert to those currently watching on Netflix, the winner of The Great Interior Design Challenge picked this fabulous hue to paint a ceiling in her final dining room. It shrouded the room is a atmospheric warm glow. While doing all four walls, might feel cloying, painting the ceiling in this sunset shade gives the whole room a delicious glow. Clever.

Interior designer Sophie Robinson talks about interiors mustard trend, Cranford wallpaper in Wheat by Little Greene shown in bathroom with black accents

Cranford wallpaper in wheat, £70.50 per 10m roll; Wall, skirting, bath & door painted in Jack Black 119, absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Intelligent matt emulsion £48.50 for 2.5L, Intelligent eggshell £62 for 2.5L, by Little Greene

So next best place for a splash of Mustard is to liven up an dexisting grey scheme. My god there are enough of them around, and while I have officially declared Grey dead as a decorating trend (as ayone tuning into my Podcast with Kate Watson-Smyth will already know) I think you can give it an update before you feel compelled to do a complete redecoration. I think Mustard loks seriosly cool with this very sophisicated graphite grey. And wallpaper in a bathroom, yes please!

Interior designer Sophie Robinson talks about interiors mustard trend, Pooky Orchy table lamp on bedside table white bedlinen

Orchy table lamp in mahogany with 30cm straight empire lampshade in sunshine handmade parchment, £140, by Pooky

For those of you of a fainter disposition, you can add a cheerful ‘pop’ of mustard yellow with your accessories. lampshades for me are the perfect place to add an accent colour. Think like this and you’ll never ever have an ivory drum lampshade in your home again.



Interior designer Sophie Robinson talks about mustard trend, velevet chair by Vanessa Arbuthnott grey walls

Retro chair in Honey Velvet 72, £58m, piped in Thunder Velvet 74 £58m by Vanessa Arbuthnott

There’s no doubt that yellow is an eye catcher. So have a good think about where you place it as the eye will automatically be drawn. I adore having an armchair in a signature colour or pattern in a scheme. Especially placed at the far end of the room, it really helps to draw the eye across the space. And being such a warm and cosy colour, a mustard yellow chair is the perfect invitation to setted down and take a precious moment. So where’s that pumpkin latte?



Feature written by Sophie Robinson and researched by Luisa Ferdenzi-Rouse

Featured image at top of post: Wishford sofa in tumeric matt velvet, £1254 by Willow and Hall.


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