Mustard yellow was a popular tile color back in the 1940s through the 1960s. Maybe you recognize it from your grandparent’s bathroom? Today, this vintage color is making a comeback in a big way. Mustard yellow adds a feeling of clean, crisp, and fantastic brightness.
While some avoid using yellow in their decorating for fear of winding up with too bright of a space, others have found ways to bring out mustard yellow’s more soft and natural talents. So, if your remodeling job calls for yellow but you’re not sure what to do with it, check out these 7 reasons to add it to your remodeling palette.
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1. Create a Soft, Earthy Palette
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of people are fearful of yellow because of
To achieve this quietly rustic look, combine mustard yellow with more natural textures and plenty of wood. As long as you keep the patterns to a minimum you should be fine.
2. Paint a Statement Piece
Adding new color to a piece of furniture can be a fun way of experimenting with stronger colors that you might not usually use, and mustard yellow is a great example of how it can be done for the better. The dull yellow adds a fun shade that can bring new life to a dark wooden piece.
If you’re looking to upcycle something but are short on time, I suggest looking for chalk-based paints that can be put directly on wooden furniture without much prep. Give the room you’re working on some serious pizzazz!
3. Enhance the Natural Light
Even though mustard tones are softer than the more citrus-yellow colors, they can add an equally cheery quality when paired with a crisp white. In my own opinion, mustard yellow can feel cozier than the brighter yellows since it contains a little warm red.
Add your mustard accessories to the rooms that already have plenty of natural light. This will make a huge enhancing effect that brightens up the whole room! Make sure to also keep all the other decorations bright as well.
4. Warm Up Gray
Although gray is becoming more and more popular these days, it can be difficult to get right in rooms where light levels are low. Adding mustard accessories like throw blankets or pillows warm up the gray, and the room.
By choosing a rich ocher shade and placing them tactfully in a room, you can transform a boring room into a comfy retreat for relaxation.
5. Break Up a Neutral Scheme
If you took the mustard-toned accessories out of this bedroom, then you would have a nice neutral scheme. Keep them in, however, and you’ve got a room with a soul. The character gained by just two simple accessories – the blanket and flowers – really demonstrates the power of this sunny shade. It’s truly remarkable!
If you want to attain this kind of color power for yourself, search for oversize pillows; vintage-style, powder-coated lamps; and sunny blankets to create a modern rustic look that looks incredible!
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6. Go Big in a Bedroom
An easy way to decorate with mustard in a bedroom is with the centerpiece of the room; the bed. Bring in small accessories to level up a neutral-colored bed. If you’re feeling brave enough, I enjoy the look of a mustard yellow bed frame that’s enhanced with neutral bed linen and pillows. A nice mustard bed skirt also adds some flare and really wraps up the bed space nicely.
If there was ever a reason to keep your room clutter free, this is it. A clean room that’s decorated calmly allows your bed to shine beautifully!
7. Showcase a Backsplash
If you’re looking for a stylish and appetizing way to bring warmth into a kitchen, I’ve got the answer for you. Choose mustard tones for your backsplash! A solid coat of paint will add that special something to a part of the wall that most people don’t even think about painting.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a different kind of flare, try a ribbon of mustard-colored tiles (like the picture above) or back-painted glass to add warmth behind a sink or range. The next time I feel my kitchen needs some fixing up, I will definitely keep this handy tip in mind! I hope you do too.