For 13 years Michelle Ogundehin has been at the helm of Britain’s most influential design and interiors magazine, Elle Decoration. As she signs off her last ever editor’s letter, we urge you to check out her Instagram account for a source of endless, acutely observed palette inspiration. For some months now Ogundehin has been posting a (tasteful, muted) rainbow of colour-coded moodboards, that explore the colours of the moment in inspiring and often surprising ways.
Ogundehin herself was originally a stylist, and her visual flair is matched by a very particular sensibility. Pared back, natural and subtle, the sophisticated style that is a hallmark of the homes in Elle Decoration is here turned outwards, with palette inspiration coming from nature, forgotten architecture, art and, of course, the many shows and exhibitions that the editor of such a magazine gets to attend.
Not only does the account give a more personal glimpse in Ogundehin’s own style touchstones than a magazine could, but the way the account has been arranged makes it a wonderful primer for selecting colours at home. Scroll down through the greens as they fade into soft greys and marry-up with the softest of natural pinks, before that too bleaches into an array of bone whites. Each image is inspiring in itself, but also fits perfectly with its neighbours, suggesting complementary colour ideas or subtle shade differences that you might not have thought of.
As Ogundehin signs off at Elle Decoration for the final time, she will remain as the title’s Editor at Large, while also going on to projects of her own, including a forthcoming book, How to Have a Happy Home. Her own website also features the moodboards, but with the addition of mini colour essays on each, a place where you can really get to grips with telling your blush pink from your powder pink. You’ll also find a more philosophical take on decorating, with Ogundehin’s regular lists of quotes to inspire the aesthetically-aware homeowner. Our favourite is this one, of course…