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Colour Me Happy Trends

Elle Decoration’s March cover declares that colour is bold, brighter and better in an issue that has its first ever dedicated colour section. Here we learn that the Scandinavians are shifting from white, why 1970s shades are hip and how colour effects everything from our moods and emotions to our wardrobes and homes.


Trends from Paris

Where better to get ahead of the design curve than Paris? Fringing and feathers created an eccentric glamour but the most pervasive colour combination was green with terracotta.  Maison et Objet was awash with a particular palette than ranged from English rose to Etruscan red. In the midst of all this sat peach which now seems ripe for a rethink.

Trendspotting at Maison et Objet 2018, Paris

Trends – Is Peach the new neutral?

If you love colour then you must follow the Instagram of Michelle Ogundehin. This is her edit of images that flow seamlessly from shade to shade with fascinating insights. She believes that we will see ‘more tea rose, lavender, mint, lilac and palest peach emerging as the nouveau neutrals du jour.’

Trends – The power of pink

Gabby Deeming, the Acting House & Garden editor talks about the transformative power of colour in her magazine opener. Inspired by her travels to India, she quotes legendary American Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who described pink as the ‘navy blue of India.’   Pink is just as popular here and just seems to reinvent itself.

Pink and orange is fresh and contemporary in the new Squares and Diamonds carpet runner from the Authentic Lucienne collection. The original Lucienne Day colourway looks just as vibrant as it did when it was first woven fifty years ago.

Lucienne Day Authentic Squares and Diamonds Runner by Alternative Flooring

Trends – Decorating with green


Katrina Burroughs also welcomes Fresh Spring Green in a colour story in The Sunday Times Home and quite rightly says that, ‘green is the colour we yearn for in February. The natural, wholesome hue is a vitamin-packed pick me –up for tired winter interiors.’  The green for SS18 has grey undertones, like Eucalyptus, a shade that looks perfect with our natural fibre flooring.

Alternative Flooring’s Seagrass Herringbone carpet

Trends – Can blue and green be seen?

If you think blue and green should never be seen, think again. It happens in nature so why not in your home. Green is serene and blue calm.

The beautifully woven Octagon carpet runner from the Authentic Lucienne collection shows how vibrant these combinations can be. The knack is to use these in equal measure as captured in Fanny Shorter’s cushions that are available at Pentreath & Hall. Fanny’s work has its roots in traditional British craftsmanship and inspired rural, country holidays reinforced her love of nature.

Lucienne Day Authentic Octagon Runner swatch by Alternative Flooring and Fanny Shorter cushion, available by Penthreath & Hall

So, say goodbye to Elephant’s Breath and hello to Farrow & Ball’s new colours Pitch Blue and Calke Green.

Farrow and Ball’s new colours Pitch Blue and Calke Green

There are many colour trends with some that that sound good enough to eat. Try the mouth-watering palette from Plain English named after dishes enjoyed in the breakfast rooms and nurseries of an imagined 19th century home.  Whatever your taste, the message here is to veer away from every variant of white and be alternative and do something different with colour.

Did you know you can now search for colour online? see here

If you love colour discover Michelle’s Instagram here

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