This season we’re stripping out the brights and the pastels and giving play spaces and bedrooms a kick of the yellow stuff.
Mustard is hot right now in the realm of children’s interiors. This season we’re stripping out the brights and the pastels and giving play spaces and bedrooms a kick of the yellow stuff. Whether it’s Dijon or English, mustard hues have been cropping up everywhere from kid’s and adult apparel to prams and decor.
This trend adds an air of sophistication to child-like spaces. It’s bold and regal, and when paired with greys, contrasted with turquoise or deep purples or juxtaposed with mono patterns, it really shines.
As with any design trend the key is to not go overkill with it. Flashes and accents of colour are what you are trying to achieve. When I think of mustard, I think of opulent satins and rich velvets but hey, these are not the most kid friendly of materials. We need to be thinking wipe-clean here… and some of us are on a budget ya know. But mixing textures and tones will add depth to your space. And don’t be afraid to add something quirky. If you like it – my advice is, go for it!
Now before I go all Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on you, (Yep, just had to google his name to spell it) here is my selection of a few key pieces to inspire the look for you. Trends come and go so I’ve given thought to longevity and chosen items that you’ll want to keep around and adapt with styles over time.
Bee Nice Pennant Flag, £12 – Buy Hello DODO Shop on Etsy
This fun little flag comes from husband and wife team and playful printmakers, Jam and Ali. The pair’s love of bold graphic design and silly word play is sure to bring joy to any kid’s space. Hit the link above to check out the rest of their range.
Sunrise Rainbow Sensory Play Mat by Too Many PJs, £99 – Buy Small Stuff
This Rainbow Sensory Play Mat is designed and handmade to order by Erin from Too Many PJs. They form part of her Autumn/ Winter ’18 ‘Hope Collection’. A take on the ever popular rainbow theme, the patchwork mat is crafted from a combination of vintage fabrics and organic cottons. It’s clear to see why eco-conscious children’s store, Small Stuff, is a fan.
Little Trees Lampshade by Koko Kids, £32 – Buy Not on the Highstreet
A lampshade is a great way to add a pop of colour to children’s bedrooms. This handmade paper shade featuring a modern, graphic print of geometric patterned trees won’t be outgrown by your little ones in a hurry.
Reno Knitted Throw, £45 – Buy Made.com
A cosy throw, perfect for snuggling under at story time. Also a great way to add your desired splash of colour or cover-up mismatched bedding.
Rainbow Nook, from £959 – Buy Little Grey Cells
I love this piece. Who doesn’t want to sit on a rainbow, right? If space allows, why not carve out a little nook for the kids to read or just be still for a few moments. This very considered piece comes from designer Lauren of Little Grey Cells. With an impressive balance of overall aesthetic and functionality, the open shelving on the other side is ideal for stowing books and treasures.
I mean, how cute? Need I say more? The popular character from Noodolls contemporary family of Ricemonsters is transformed into the perfect little night light. These imaginative little creatures are the brain-child of designer Yiying Wang and originally started out life as illustrated book characters back in 2009, before being transformed into the adorable plush toys and stationery that they are well-known for today.
Yellow Star Cabinet, £1,250 – Buy Scout & Boo
The unique range of functional children’s furniture from husband and wife team, David and Teresa of Scout & Boo, is sure to grab the imagination of children and adults alike. I was blown away when I first saw their furniture in the flesh a year or so ago. Each piece is hand-made to order and inspired by their love of the mid-century aesthetic. I particularly love how their furniture doubles up as a piece of modern artwork for your home, with bold and playful graphics that come from Graphic Designer, David.
Velvet Pom Pom Cushion by Castle and Things, £65 – Buy Antipodream
The unassuming pom pom is still having its day in interiors and homeware. I couldn’t resist adding in this cushion, sold by Antipodream.
This beautiful online store brings you a wide selection of things for your home, carefully selected by the lovely Kate, from the most exciting antipodean artists, designers and brands from Australia and New Zealand. Kate really champions bright colours and bold prints – and I say we need more of that!
Tiger Duvet Cover and Pillowcase, £65 & £17 – Buy Lulu & Nat
This vibrant and super soft children’s bedding is hand printed in India on 100% Indian cotton and is the creative marvel of London-based Lulu Watts, previous children’s fashion designer and one half of this husband and wife team that is Lulu & Nat. I had the privilege of meeting Lulu a few years ago and discovering her passion for colourful printed textiles, inspired by her time spent living in India.
I hope this has helped inspire you to experiment with colour. I’d love to hear your thoughts and see how you have designed your children’s spaces at home.
*All prices correct at time of publishing.