3 of the Season’s Exhibitions Inspiring our Colour Moodboards

We all know that home is more than a place to mindlessly play out trends and would not feel very homely if we did. But if you are visual, house-proud and creative then nature, art, industry, fashion, all the stuff that’s around you inevitably feeds you with ideas. They can influence anything from a small house purchase – a cushion, notebook, lamp or cup – that can have an uplifting and refreshing effect on your interior, to a room’s entire colour scheme than can be life enhancing.

We’ve found three exhibitions – or specifically, particular scenes from three exhibitions – that have inspired us to build mood boards around their key colour themes.

Joel Tomlin at Herrick Gallery | Burnt Autumn

The artist Joel Tomlin is currently exhibiting in the group show Ludic at London’s Herrick Gallery Mayfair. Yorkshire-born Tomlin worked as a blacksmith originally before studying painting at Chelsea School of Art, though his focus is now sculpture,  often incorporating wood and bronze. Tumblers, below, are painted with tempera in the most season-appropriate palette of burnt oranges, yellows and browns with soft washed out blues and greens. According to Herrick Gallery, the sense of nature is for him part of the vision and inspiration – “the edges of towns, abandoned meadows and ragged fields that appear in the writings of Virgil,” in their words.

Ludic is open now until 21 November. 

Moodboards | Joel Tomlin at Herrick | The Chromologist

Joel Tomlin, Tumblers, 2013, photo courtesy of the artist & Belmacz

Orange mood board The Chromologist

Clockwise from top left: Abel Sloane 1934, Muller Van Severen, Monologue London, Emma Buckley at LDF15, Rooms

The Bauhaus at Vitra Design Museum | Graphic red and black

A major retrospective of the Bauhaus at Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany encompasses architecture, design, art, photography and film from the original protagonists of the movement – including Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Wassily Kandinsky – alongside contemporary adoptees Enzo Mari, Konstantin Grcic and Hella Jongerius to name a handful. The show also highlights some designs rarely seen before. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 to promote a new way of thinking and designing through teaching, placing the importance of ergonomics and technology alongside artisanal craftsmanship and the belief that any contribution to design should transform society.

Open now until February 2016.

Bauhaus Exhib | Vitra | The Chromologist

Kurt Schmidt, F.W. Bogler and G. Teltscher, Mechanical Ballet, 1923, New Production Theater der Klänge. Photo: O. Eltinger

Red&Black Moodboards The Chromologist

StokkeAustad at Elementa, Oliver James Mayes for Floor_Story, Lee Broom, Hem

The World of Charles and Ray Eames at the Barbican | Blue moods

The world of Charles and Ray Eames at the Barbican celebrates our enduring love of two of the most influential designers of the 20th Century. Their colourful, timeless contributions to the worlds of furniture, architecture, film and photography are showcased alongside some more personal items, letters and drawings, which suggest a glimpse into the Eames office and the personal lives of the famous creative couple. Below, their iconic Eames house is just a tiny sample of their genius, but happily captures the current mood for blue (as well as grids, monochrome and a hint of orange).

Open until February 2016.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames. Eames House exterior © Eames Office LLC

Eames House exterior. © Eames Office LLC

Blues moodboarding The Chromologist

Alhambra Home, Paola Navone, Lola Lely, Sue Pryke, Laura Slater

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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