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Keen as mustard - a colour guide

Keen as Mustard – Our Favourite Finds

It probably goes without saying that our team of shoppers here at The Idealist are always as keen as mustard. But this season it’s not just us – it seems it’s everyone on the high street too!

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Given that so many designers are really picking up on the lovely mustard and yellow tones at the moment we headed off in search of a bit of inspiration. We certainly weren’t disappointed with what we found!

For the bold, there were statement pieces that are sure to turn heads. And for those who are a little more hesitant, we found perfect little accessories to add a hint of this yellow shade to your interior design.

Our favourite mustard finds:

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Call me anytime
Keen as mustard - a colour guide

As you know, here at The Idealist we love all things quirky so we certainly weren’t disappointed with this mustard coloured retro telephone  from Utility Design.  Funky doesn’t even come close!  Remember the days of impatiently waiting for the old dialler to go all the way round (not ideal if you were phoning the emergency services!) – of course you do but thankfully, this version has push button dial for improved convenience yet without losing its original charm and design that we all love and remember from way back when.  Thank Heaven for small mercies!

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Call me elegant

And since you’re going to need somewhere to put the phone, there’s nothing more elegant in the hallway or landing than a traditional style telephone table and this Watson telephone table seat from Atkin & Thyme is the ultimate in practicality and comfort with contrasting coloured cushions and handy built-in drawer design. The top cushion comes in a striking Mustard Yellow Velvet with Dark Grey Velvet Buttons and Dark Grey Velvet Piping while the bottom cushion is a contrasting Dark Grey Velvet with Dark Grey Piping. Beside the seating is an integrated three-drawer unit with contrasting panel colours – ideal for storing address books as well as directories (remember the Yellow Pages!?), keys and other hallway essentials. The perfect mid-century look, this item would suit both modern and classically designed interiors.

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Vibrant armchair
Keen as mustard - a colour guide

We love this Calvin chair in mustard yellow velvet and linen also from Atkin &  Thyme. This mid-century style design is the ultimate occasional chair, perfect for a cosy reading corner in the living area or bedroom. The vibrant mustard yellow velvet offers both comfort and style and has a matching button back and contrasting natural linen base. The wooden handles have an elegant sweeping curve design and the contoured legs are wooden and stylish. If the vibrancy of mustard feels a bit much, then fear not, the chair also comes in blue and green. She wore blue velvet… Bluer than velvet was the night.

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Ray of sunshine

We also found some great mustard coloured and funky accessories on the high street including the Garden City Sunburst lampshade from Missprint.  Not only is this truly pretty piece inspired by the tree-lined streets of our vibrant capital city but also features a stunning print which was originally hand drawn and developed in their own UK studios. 

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Little yellow trees

The same goes for their Little Trees Yellow Cushion which, as the name suggests, again features a delicate tree illustration and would look great on either the sofa or bed for an added touch of luxury. Given the theme it’d also look great on a garden chair in the summer so it’s definitely an item for all seasons, not just this one!

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Comfy in any colour

Of course, our shoppers here at The Idealist can never resist a bit of luxury and there’s certainly lots to ‘chat’ about the unique Chatnap modular range from Loaf!  Shown here in grey, we really think this would work well with mustard accessories.

First let’s take the Chatnap Modular Corner Sofa Bed .  Not only is it ideal for smaller spaces but it’s also got loads of storage, is spill resistant and (wait for it!) – is even available in a sumptuous and plush mustard velvet!  So, whether you’ve got small children, an unruly pooch or you’re simply a bit clumsy from time to time, one thing you won’t have to worry about is stocking up on the stain remover.  However, if we said that was all, we’d be lying.  There’s more!  You can even slot the range together in different pieces to make your very own design, have it built to the left or the right hand side and even add pieces on!  If you’re stuck on storage space (and let’s face it, who isn’t) there’s also a footstool to magically squirrel things away making it perfect for when those unannounced guests ring the bell!  All the Chatnap modular range is available in various different fabrics – from brushed cotton right through to the plush velvets. Personally we love it in turmeric velvet (well, we’re crazy for mustard right now) which you can see when you configure the sofa but we think mustard accessories would sit well on this version in grey too, which leads us to...

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More cushions!

With mustard being such a fun and vibrant colour to work with it’s certainly not too difficult to match it to the right type of furniture and is fairly easy to experiment with.  If you don’t want to go the whole hog and splash out on a new sofa then why not try a few accessories around the house and see how it works for you?  Mustard is also a great colour to introduce into a children’s room for that extra touch of vibrancy and you’ll find some great accessories on the high street, such as the Topsy yellow elephant cushion from Habitat or their Candy Stripe flat weave rug.

See, we told you mustard looks good with grey!

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Playful colour

Sticking with the playful style of Habitat, they’re also showcasing this amazing wingbacked yellow 3 seater sofa with multi-coloured buttons which is upholstered in cotton/wool mix fabric. The mustard yellow and contrasting buttons and a fun touch to a classic shape piece. It’s also available with normal buttons for the less adventurous among us!

Whatever you decide to do with your furniture this season you certainly won’t go far wrong by doing it with mustard.  It’s bold, it’s striking and above all else, it’s fun.  But don’t just take our word for it.  We’re already convinced!  Why not hit the high street for a bit of inspiration and we can almost guarantee you’ll end up as keen as mustard!

  • Jules is a Solicitor and Director hailing from the historic city of Chester. In her limited spare time you’ll find her ‘stable side’ with her beloved Irish Sports Horse, Rolex, or entertaining friends at home (…not always successfully!)

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