Sugar and spice Soft dusky pinks and muted mus­tard tones make all things nice…

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Mus­tard, with its spicier and more muted tones, is the classy take on yel­low – per­fect for a chilled-out liv­ing area. Bright yel­low is no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to dec­o­rate with, even though it’s the colour of sun­shine and pos­i­tiv­ity. Mix it with other soft spice tones for a warm, cosy ef­fect. Dusky rose­wood pink, gin­ger and cayenne or­ange are mel­low, tonal ad­di­tions. Keep walls and ceil­ings white to add some cool­ness and keep things mod­ern. Fea­ture walls are still re­ally pop­u­lar, but rather than cov­er­ing a whole side of a room, choose a panel or a fea­ture area. You could even use it as a back­ground be­hind open shelves in a re­cess. Mix your prints, too. When you

have a strong colour theme like this, you can com­bine for­mal geo­met­ric prints with more bo­hemian flo­rals with­out the dif­fer­ent styles jar­ring. Go for a bit – but not too much – of both so nei­ther one dom­i­nates the other. You could also try mak­ing the most of dif­fer­ent tex­tures. Spicy colours re­ally lend them­selves to tac­tile fab­rics, such as deep pile rugs and soft vel­vet fur­ni­ture. Up­grad­ing your front door is a bril­liant way to change up your home too. It’s one of the few things you can do that in­stantly trans­forms the in­side and out­side of a house. Even from ad­join­ing rooms the ex­tra light and colour is re­ally ef­fec­tive.

Hen­ley tub chair, £449, Cult Fur­ni­ture

Zag Ber­ber rug in saf­fron, from £220, John Lewis

Faux dahlia, £16.99, The­far­thing.

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