In the coloring book of life, I do not often reach for the yellow crayon. Yellow is a tough color
to work with. It is bold, outrageous, not for the faint of heart. Like a jealous lover it commands constant attention; and like a virulent flu, it sallows even the heartiest of complexions. But lately
I'm admiring a particular shade of warm, spicy mustard whose appeal is positively infectious...
Put it on your walls and conjure the vibrant heat of the East Indies---the lush, relentless sun of
the tropics. Or tone down its intensity with a splashes of cream and pistachio, then bring it back
up a notch with a fab chair in aquamarine!
Of course a color this demanding is often best consumed in small doses. A rumpled bedspread
raises the temperature on a chilly November morning...
A sumptuous settee in tufted velvet projects the sassy, outspoken charm of a spinster great-aunt.
I especially love mustard when contrasted with shades of grey. A shag rug and punchy pillow add pizazz to a room dominated by cool slate walls.
And despite its timeworn appearance, a mustard wall hanging brings life to a serene mantle
setting in chalk grey.
Pile the mustard high with glorious floor cushions---I adore the juxtaposition of their boxy,
angled edges with their warm color and cozy knit texture...
Or for an unexpected hint of spice, slip a single dollop of mustard into an faded, neutral interior.
Mustard has too big a personality to stay confined at home. If you're blessed with a
skin tone that can wear yellow, rock it in stunning silk chiffon... a slouchy boot in
cognac is the perfect complement.
Or if you're really feeling the mustard vibe, make it the backdrop to your special day!
What do you think? Have you caught the mustard bug, or is it too much zing for your taste?
Image Credits: 1. Twig Hutchinson 2. Anna Williams 3. Sandbox Studio 4. James Merrell 5. Denise Grunstein 6. Paul Costello 7. Lucinda Symons 8. Tanya Goodwin 9. Anna Williams 10. Airspace 11. Haute Hippie 12. Thayer Allyson Gowdy