This condiment-inspired hue is the perfect compliment to any room.


By now, we're all pretty used to the Color of the Year announcements made by every major paint company and the color experts over at Pantone (we even got in on the fun this year by announcing our own 2019 color of the year). We either balk or swoon at their selections, and quickly move on with our lives—if we don't like bright coral, we never have to see it again.

But the overall color forecasting these companies do in tandem with selecting one winner actually is a good indicator (or influencer, depending how you look at it) of where home design color palettes will lean in the coming year—and paint color is the most obvious element of that.

After several years of an (Instagram-fueled) obsession with bright white walls, it looks like we are finally ready to embrace rich, bold colors again. We're still opting for light neutrals when necessary—greys, taupes, creams, and pastels—but we're going to be reaching for shades that have a bit more life and saturation to them, even if it's toned down. One color that perhaps surprisingly popped up in almost every 2019 trend report is mustard yellow.

Yep, the gold-meets-olive hue is already trending as a neutral paint color option—and we're actually pretty excited about the resurgence of mustard yellow. Sherwin-Williams included four takes on mustard in its 42-color guide forecasting trends in 2019. An important note because there are several shades that fall under the mustard umbrella—some more gold, others nearly chartreuse, and others with a slight orange tint.

Three shades to try:

If you aren't yet on board (or if you're already craving more), take a look at these beautiful spaces where mustard yellow serves as the perfect backdrop, and scroll down for three reasons why mustard yellow walls are a great idea.

1. It's basically a dialed-up, prettier version of "stock beige" you see in waiting rooms and apartment buildings across the country. You know the one: It's a boring, lifeless mix of beige and gold and is just awful to decorate around. But as far as tone and darkness go, mustard is fairly similar, which is just to say Yes, it is a neutral.

2. It complements so many colors. And vice versa. From deep teal and faint lavender to rich burgundy, mustard is a versatile neutral to work into any color palette.

3. It's timeless. Yes, a marigold mustard is one of the primary shades in our collective memory of the 1970s, but it's been a popular color for interiors (and exteriors) for much longer than that. Plus, without the shag carpet and floral patterns, it actually feels much more fresh and modern.

If you aren't up for committing all of your walls to this warm shade, mustard makes for a brilliant accent (much like its namesake condiment) on painted furniture, upholstery, cabinets, and wall art.