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Stay golden! 4 ways with the season’s hottest hue

It's one of autumn 2021's top trends, plus other hot tips from a local pro, including how to layer, add texture and why everyone should have a reading corner in their home.

Mellow yellow is everywhere this autumn, from paint charts, to cushions, throws – and even Muddy’s handbag. *does twirl* We’re loving the way it instantly enriches, making homes feel as cosy and comforting as custard on apricot crumble. (I’ll say when, thank you.)

Ace interior designer, Caroline Palk of Ashburton-Based Ashton House Design, has used this shade to gild her latest project, a country house period property in Cornwall. And the results? Errr… when can we move in?!

Muddy popped by the Ashton House studio for a rummage through Caroline’s swatch drawer and for tips on how to glow up our homes with this season’s colour and trends.


Textured wallpaper furnishes hard edges, covering cracks and blemishes, and softening acoustics. We used a wallpaper from Elitis, a French wall covering company we love to supply because it’s like an artwork in itself. It’s also very durable – scuff-proof and dog-proof – and it’s available in so many colours and patterns. Good paint alternatives include Farrow & Ball Babouche, and Dulux Honey Mustard.

Top tip: If you have a large room with high ceilings which tends to feel cold, this combination of colour and texture is instantly warming. It also has year-round appeal, redolent of butter-coloured falling leaves and wonderful in the heat of summer too.


Layering a room works the same as for fashion. Once you have your basic colour and a well-proportioned mix of furniture covered, layer with a variety of textured materials and pattern in your cushions, throws and a carefully selected palette of lamps and ornaments.

Go for an upholstered footstool table over hard wood or glass, topped with a reflective tray for your glassware and to add a glamorous shimmer. Plus, it’s a useful extra seat for larger gatherings.

Top tip: Transparent voile is good for people who don’t want or need curtains but want something to hide the black glass at night. For a really neat, styled look, choose a ‘wave heading’ rather than a pencil pleat for your track or pole. (Available from Ashton House Design).


It’s a Covid thing (what isn’t?!) but with everyone at home more we’re wanting to employ every last bit of space, maybe on a landing or on the living room perimeter. Here we created a reading corner in a warm bright spot where the sun lingers and casts beautiful shadows to allow for hiving off from the main activity. Place a comfy chair you love (Six the Residence has one similar) in a quiet corner and furnish with a side table and lamp.

Top tip: Choose a chair the same height as the living room sofa so you can bring it into play when friends and family are over. A tall seat can look like someone’s on the naughty chair! Boucle adds oomph to the comfort factor.


Want to breathe life into a dreary corner? It’s a well-known trick to use a mirror to turn up the light levels, but in older homes an antiqued glass mirror adds opulence and looks contemporary, while chiming in with the period feel. The distressed grey of the mirror and the golden reflection make the perfect complement.

Top tip: Create the illusion of space and light by fitting a mirror into a dark alcove or recess. First measure up, then cut out the shape in cardboard or ply, before getting it made up to size from a tradesperson, such as Rough Old Glass in North Devon.

Fancy some of Ashton House Design’s interior wizardry in your home? Get in touch on 01364 653 563 or An initial consultation costs £250.

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