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Color My World: How to Use Mustard Yellow in Your Home

That’s right – Mustard Yellow!  Ever since I saw this British Standard kitchen (below), I’ve been devoting serious thoughts to yellow.

mustard yellow kitchen
I could do without the gray island – it’s the back mustard wall that is speaking to me!  I first showed this kitchen on a blog post here.  (Photo Source)

And this slightly less mustardy kitchen at the Rivertown Lodge:

yellow kitchen cabinets
I love the yellow, black and white here. I also included this kitchen in a blog post here. (Photo Source)

I am seriously tempted to paint some of my kitchen cabinets mustard yellow.   Would you ever have a kitchen this bold?  I think this is the kind of kitchen that makes memories.  It’s not a backdrop for living; it’s a kitchen that will enter the conversation and that can be kind of interesting don’t you think?

yellow cabinets
Here’s how I picture I would look in my yellow kitchen… is that cake or hats on her pantsuit?  (Photo Source)

Not able to take a full on yellow kitchen?  Try going bold with your backsplash instead and keep everything else neutral.

Yellow tile backsplash
Older cabinets painted white with sunny yellow tile – I really like this! (Photo Source)

Bold Yellow goes beautifully with a kitchen, especially a mostly neutral and white kitchen.  It’s got a fun retro vibe that seems cheerful to me and is most definitely a bold statement.   If you can’t afford the statement stove, you might be able to afford the statement spot of color.

Let’s look at some bold yellow in bathrooms.  I think this choice is for a morning person only.  I don’t know that I would be able to handle it well at 6:30 am.

yellow hexagon tile
While I am mostly loving the mustard yellow cabinets – here’s some major yellow in a bathroom that is pretty awesome. (Photo Source)
yellow mosaic tile
I mean, this is kind of spectacular right? Pairing it with a hefty dose of white helps. (Photo Source)

Where else could you sneek this beautiful color in to your home?  I think it’s pretty easy to do if you have a fairly neutral envelope already – here are some other ideas.

yellow stairs
Bold egg yolk on your stairs? Great idea for a bold spot of color that could be easily updated when you get tired of it.  This home also has a front door painted the same color.  (Photo Source)
gold velvet sofa
I think the mustard warms up an all white interior really well. Beautiful sofa and I like the touch of the front door. Of course, all this is helped by a gorgeous floor and a cool glass partition. (Photo Source)

The easiest way to introduce this color?  Try a throw blanket!

mustard yellow throw blanket
Anthropologie’s mustard yellow throw – other less expensive retail shops have this color in too. (Photo Source)

Mustard yellow puts me in mind of fall – it’s a deep yellow that has depth and a hint of age, cool nights and crisp leaves in it.

“I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o’-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling.”

Theme in Yellow by Carl Sandburg














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