Articles by Jill Macnair

Jill Macnair

Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.


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Chromologist Mood board: Blue and rust

New year, new colour(s) obsession! Aquaint yourselves with… blue and rust. A combination that’s uplifting, enlivening, exhilarating and the perfect distraction from winter. To be honest, you needn’t be too strict on the rust front – hot orange works just as well, if differently, on whatever shade of blue takes you. Refer back to our stories on orange and… read more

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5 famous Christmas story paintings we love for their colours

From Breugel bringing scenes of Bethlehem to his native snow-covered Belgium, to Barocci’s rendering of Mary in rich pink and yellow, these five famous works of art about the Christmas story are striking for their colour palettes. The Nativity, Frederico Barocci, 1576 Barocci followed the Venetian use of colour – a process of layering and blending colour – to create his Nativity… read more

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Trend alert – why we are nuts for neon

Neon gas was discovered by Scottish Nobel Prize-winning chemist William Ramsay between 1894-98 and became a fixture of the urban landscape around the world after French scientist Georges Claude used it to create a light – he popularised the neon sign in the 1920s, starting in Paris. By the 1930s Manhattan and Brooklyn alone had in the region of 20,000 of them, most of them… read more

The Chromologist 2017 | Farrow & Ball

The Chromologist