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Call it amber, gold­en­rod, saf­fron or mus­tard, yel­low-orange has never been more pop­u­lar. With hash­tags such as #mus­tard, #mus­tardyel­low and #my­mus­tard­makes, it has achieved in­stafame, fill­ing de­vice screens around the world with its glow.

A deeply cosy hue, orange-yel­low gives a uni­ver­sal mes­sage to slow down, whether it’s on au­tum­nal trees or traf­fic lights. It’s a di­rec­tive I take very se­ri­ously each year as the weather chills, one that sends me rum­mag­ing through the cup­board in search of my favourite ‘slow down’, amber cardi­gan.

Amber can also keep us safe. Tra­di­tion­ally used for the iconic Amer­i­can school bus, taxis and sig­nage (and Uma Thur­man’s track­suit in Kill Bill), it is the hue most vis­i­ble to our pe­riph­eral vi­sion. This is why it’s so suc­cess­ful in colour schemes where small ac­cent pops are used, its vi­brancy en­sur­ing a star­ring role. And this is how I am us­ing it in this month’s project, punc­tu­at­ing its tri­adic bud­dies, ma­genta and blue-green with zingy pops, an ex­cla­ma­tion mark in ev­ery row!


Like car­rots, saf­fron threads con­tain carotenoids which give tex­tiles (when dyed with it) and foods such a vi­brant colour.

Uma Thur­man’s yel­low track­suit in Kill Bill was in homage to Bruce Lee who wore the colour in his last film, Game of Death, as it would show up foot­prints in fight scenes.

Chrome yel­low is a toxic lead-based pig­ment that was used by Van Gogh in his Sun­flow­ers paint­ing. It tends to darken and brown over time, so cu­ra­tors at the Van Gogh Mu­seum in Am­s­ter­dam are ex­pect­ing the flow­ers to slowly change to an olive green.

The Cather­ine Palace in Rus­sia has an en­tire cham­ber made of amber (fos­silised tree resin).

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