Mustard yellow: how to use it in your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom

Mustard yellow is bang on trend. Recently, I’ve spotted a shift from calm and pared-back neutrals to bold and bright colours – and I absolutely love it. Colour is a great and easy way to introduce a pop of personality in your space and brighten it up a bit. And, for me, there’s one shade in particular that stands out: mustard yellow.

Why is mustard yellow so popular? Well, this deeper shade of yellow promotes positivity, so it’s a guaranteed mood booster. Whether you choose to add a touch of cheerful yellow to your kitchen through a colourful banquette or create a cosy cocooning feeling in your bedroom with matching paint, bedding and storage solutions, you are set to feel energised.

This sunny shade goes well with both earthy neutrals and darker hues like indigo blue, emerald green and rusty red. As for materials and finishes, choose natural textures like rattan and jute to create a Zen sanctuary or solid wood and metallics for a contemporary scheme. However, it does look great in any scheme, from modern-rustic and traditional to glam and modern.

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Curious to see how you can include mustard yellow in your home, too? Then, let’s take a look…

Mustard yellow in the kitchen

From colourful cabinetry and wall paint to upholstered bar stools and bright crockery, go all out in your kitchen and create a monochrome scheme using this saffron shade or add subtle pop of mustard yellow though decorative plates and glasses on your open shelves.

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Firstly, why not embrace colour and go all out with mustard yellow cabinetry? For instance, with Howdens‘ Chilcomb paintable kitchen.
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Secondly, let’s look at seating. Banquette seating is still a popular choice for busy kitchens, especially if you love to entertain – why not choose a colourful option to brighten up your space? The banquette in this Martin Moore kitchen was upholstered in a mustard yellow velvet fabric. Bespoke kitchens start from £45,000.
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Thirdly: are you tired of your old splashback? Refresh yours with the Neapolitan Yellow porcelain tiles, from £82.94 per sq m, available at Real Stone, Tile & Bathroom.
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Upgrade your dining set-up with the Otis mustard yellow velvet 3-seater backless bench, £299, from Danetti, and matching chairs.
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Mustard yellow goes hand in hand with wooden accessories, handcrafted ceramics and plastered vases – the Sunflower paint, part of the Morris & Co. Paint collection, from £36, is ideal for modern-rustic kitchens.
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The stylish 200-190 chairs in Mustard Shine Velvet by 366 Concept, £410 each, available at Lime Lace are set to take your dining area to the next level.
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Make your wooden cabinetry stand out by painting the wall behind, including your splashback, in this sunny shade – here, the Ochre 2151-30 Regal Select paint, from £27 per 0.94L, from Benjamin Moore, completely revives the space.

More examples of mustard yellow in the kitchen

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Brighten up your morning with colourful crockery like the Diggins ceramic pudding bowls in Burnt Custard, £28 for a set of two, from Loaf.
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Add wow factor in your dining room and paint the ceiling in Crown‘s Mustard easyclean flat matt emulsion, from £25 for 2.5L. Pair it with Dash of Nutmeg easyclean flat matt emulsion, from £25 for 2.5L.
Lastly: dare to go bold with your appliances? If you’re looking to upgrade to a range cooker, take a look at the Everhot 90+, £7890.

In the bedroom

Are you a lover of colour? Then create a focal point in your scheme with a statement bed frame, and take your organising to the next level with colourful storage solutions – or keep it simple with a mustard yellow bedding set and a matching throw.

Get that boutique hotel-inspired look with a stylish bed, like the Carina mustard velvet king size bed with storage, £599, Danetti.
Create a cosy atmosphere with the Mustard yellow 100% linen bed linen, from £19 for a standard pillowcase; £139 for a double duvet cover, and £79 for a double fitted sheet, all from The Secret Linen Store.
Colour blocking is huge at the moment – get creative with the Simply Refresh paint in Golden Sands from Dulux.
Design a feature wall behind your bed with calming wallpaper. How beautiful is the Fable Mustard wallpaper, £65, from Graham & Brown?

More examples of mustard yellow in the bedroom

Go for a colourful bedside table to add interest in your scheme. The Shorty locker in Mustard to the left, £129, Mustard Made.
Absolutely love mustard yellow? Why not add an extra layer of comfort in your bedroom with the colourful Firework Fizz carpet from Lifestyle Floors?
Love comfort and style? Then the Grand Designs Edinburgh king-size bed frame in mustard velvet, £1649, available at DFS, could be right up your street.

In the bathroom

Ideal for creating both modern and traditional schemes, introduce a splash of the popular mustard yellow in your design through a colourful bath, statement tiles or a sleek radiator.

Spice up your bathroom with a fresh coat of paint – try Annie Sloan‘s wall paint in Carnaby Yellow, £55.95 for 2.5L, and upgrade your flooring, furniture and accessories in earthy shades of Chalk Paint, from £6.95.
The Barcelona bath from Victoria + Albert now comes in a pretty mustard yellow shade, as part of the new Wallpaper* Dune retreat colour palette. So chic!
Can’t decide on one shade? Go half-and-half. Grey and yellow was the go-to combo in 2021 and it’s still very much present. Let the paint stand-out and dress your windows in simple cafe-style shutters, priced from £168 per sq m, California Shutters.
Keep your furniture and sanitaryware minimal and add a bold pop of colour through paint. The Voyage range from VitrA, designed by Arik Levy, is ideal for any compact space. Get the look with the 60cm wall box with mirror in Flamed Grey, £1247; Horizonal unit 70cm with sliding door in Flamed Grey and natural oak, £1192; One tap hole washbasin 70cm, £381, and 110cm circular illuminated Equal mirror, £422, all from VitrA.

More examples of mustard yellow in the bathroom

Revive your bathroom with sun-baked tiles – I love the Winchester classic amber tiles, £209.95 per sq m, from Original Style. You’ll feel summery as a result.
Enjoy toasty towels fresh out of the shower with a chic radiator in your bathroom. For example, we love the Sitar radiator. It’s colour co-ordinated to Farrow & Ball‘s Citron 74, from The Radiator Company.
Finally, make your mustard yellow tiles stand out in your wetroom with help from matt black finishes. HIX 250mm shower head in matt black, £235, and the HIX thermostatic 2 outlet concealed shower valve in matt black, £655, from JTP.

Ready to embrace this shade? I know I am…

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