Colour story: black and mustard

Together, black and mustard make a statement. The former is perennial – a shade forever featured at home and on the runway because of its instant sophistication. The latter brings a pop of colour, while remaining more masculine and bold than other lighter yellow hues.


Mustard’s warm, golden tones make it a great choice for autumn, but work equally well during summer (as shown above in South Africa). It’s a transitional colour that doesn’t look out of place throughout the year.

If you already have many pieces in your home that are black, use mustard as an accent colour to offset the dark tones in the room. A mustard throw on the sofa will create a block of colour, contrasting against black walls, floorboards or upholstery. Colour blocking can also be achieved in the bedroom, either by adding a mustard bedspread or a mustard headboard to your bed. In rooms that have wrought iron furniture, a mustard rug is a great way to mix textures and create warmth.

If you’re new to mustard and don’t wish to invest in a statement piece just yet, try creating vignettes around the home comprised of mustard and black objects. Scour the flea market for vintage accessories in mustard shades that can be grouped with black and white photos in black frames.