Color your world: the creators celebrating color at home
When it comes to interior decorating, color is like music for the eyes. It sets the tone, creates a mood and offers boundless inspiration. So, why not run wild with the rainbow?
While the decor rule books might advise you to pick one or two feature colors, there's a growing movement of color enthusiasts embracing a more-is-more approach to colorful decor. Of course, we love it! Color is essential to the Mustard world, and we can't get enough. Beige? Never heard of her. Meet the makers inspiring us with their creative approach to crafting colorful homes.
Courn Ahn's Polly Pocket dreamhouse
adults love color too!
Courn's hyper-pastel home is a dream in every sense of the word. "I want it to feel like you're walking into a Barbie or Polly Pocket dream house," they explain (goal well and truly achieved!) But there's a deeper meaning behind this bright, eclectic styling, too. "I have always wanted my space to just feel warm and comforting — two things that I didn't always have as a queer autistic Asian person growing up!"
"My goal has always been to create a space that feels as colorful and lively as how I feel on the inside. I want it to feel like a living art installation. I want it to feel like me."
To that end, Courn has even repurposed their guest bedroom into a space dedicated to their special interests. It's filled with books (displayed by color, of course), plush toys, Pokemon accessories and even a Lilac Twinny! Speaking of toys, Courn says, "I also just want to show that interior design for adults doesn't have to look a certain way to be professional or acceptable. Adults love color, fun shapes and dynamic design choices too. As much as I love a good neutral palette for other folks, it ain't for me!"
color + emotion
Working as a graphic designer, Courn has always had a keen awareness of the impact color has on us. "Color has such a powerful ability to make us feel things, which is exactly why I knew my house would be the perfect avenue to explore that for myself," they say. "Pink has always been my favorite color (which you may have noticed), so that's been the driving color behind the bulk of my interior design. It's the epitome of feminity, warmth, and energy." And although Courn loves bright colours, that doesn't mean they always belong at home. "They don't always feel the most relaxing for me, so I've mainly stuck to a mix of pastels with some colorful accents to make it feel balanced."
Courn's advice for bringing color home
"It doesn't have to be a grand, expensive gesture to start bringing more color into your space! Paint and contact paper can go a LONG way in bringing new life to your current furniture and decor. Check out thrift shops and secondhand shopping sites. You'd be surprised at all the fun, colorful decor you can find (99% of my decor is secondhand)! Invest in a few high-quality colorful pieces that you really like."
"Start small. You don't have to do it all at once! I started room by room to make it more manageable for me, and it's taken nearly two years to get where I'm at now with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears! But even today, I'm still tweaking and redecorating all the time, along with planning even more big projects (like painting my entire exterior by myself) because it's always an ongoing process."
Kalianna Carpenter's rainbow castle
inspo at home
If you're on TikTok, there's a good chance you've stumbled across one of Kalianna's addictive, color-drenched fashion styling videos. Her color-coordinated closet is a rainbow fantasy world and she even takes color combo requests! According to Kalianna, her design choices are all about evoking a good mood. "When I was first designing my house I knew I wanted decor that gave off cheery and happy vibes. Every day, I create in my house, so it needed to make me feel inspired and keep the creative juices flowing." In fact, her house is the source of inspiration for some of her video ideas.
Since Kalianna regularly explores color combinations via her outfit choices, we had to ask – what's her favorite home decor combo? "Yellow and orange is my favorite combo! They are both just bright, happy colors that make everything look better. They also give off major sunset vibes and who doesn't love that?!"
When it comes to lockers, though, Kalianna is firmly team Lilac. Her Lilac Midi looks extra sparkly scattered with light reflected from her disco ball collection, while her Lilac Lowdown creates the perfect display spot for her bright Assouline prints.
Kalianna is a big believer in dopamine dressing – the trend of wearing colors designed to boost your mood. "If you think about it," she says, "when is the last time you had a bad day when you were wearing a super colorful outfit? I bet you can't think of a time!"
"My rainbow closet feels like one big boost of dopamine and joy."
"Everything is organized in color order and my go-go boot collection is proudly displayed right when you walk in. The only way something makes it into my closet now is if it brings me joy or brings a burst of color! Basically, if it brings me happiness I will wear it! With all of the fun pieces I have it feels like I get to play dress up every day."
Kalianna's advice for bringing color home
"OMG DO IT! Seriously once you start wearing bright colors, it will be hard to go back to neutrals. Neutrals just don't have the same *oomph* that rainbow colors do! I went from a fairly neutral wardrobe to an actual rainbow wardrobe and it made getting dressed every day into something I actually looked forward to. When building your own rainbow wardrobe, start out slow by adding 2-3 colors that you love into your wardrobe. Over time you will have a rainbow masterpiece that brings you so much joy!"
Maarten & Sharvin's bold + beautiful home
dare to be different
Maarten & Sharvin aren't afraid to try something new. In fact, they're all about it. "We always try to think outside of the box and strive to do something that's different than what we've seen before," they tell us. Take their four-tone bedroom. With its blue ceiling and horizontal stripes of rich red, orange and pink, it's an idea that shouldn't work. But it does! The result is an incredibly moody, artistic and lush space that's full of personality, especially with their Navy Twinny tying it all together! Maarten & Sharvin say "We want our spaces to feel cozy, to be rooms where you can get inspired."
embrace the clash
Forget what you think you know about color. Maarten & Sharvin believe it's worth taking some risks.
"Colors just make us happy, it's that plain and simple. Whenever we do things we just think, this could use a splash of color to spice it up."
"We're also not afraid to combine colors that might clash. In the end we're very happy that everything works out perfectly." That said, they don't just throw the colors onto the walls! There's preparation involved to get the balance right. "We plan our projects out and think a lot about which colors we use. Usually we get testers first to see what the color looks like in different lighting. After that, we just go ahead and start painting." That's the fun part!
Maarten & Sharvin's advice for bringing color home
"We always tell people to just go for it and don't be afraid to make wrong choices. Especially when it comes to interiors, nothing is permanent. Of course, we understand the financial aspect but that does not mean everything has to be grey, black, white or beige. So we advise you to try some testers and paint whatever surface you like. If it does not work out the way you wanted, you can always repaint."
Or, add a new locker color to your collection and you can bypass the paint shop altogether!