Colour Trends from the Experts – LDF15

There is still two days left of the London Design Festival – and still so much to see. But for those of you who live far away or who simply want a distilled view from the comfort of your own home, we asked our favourite tastemakers to share their findings from a week spent running madly around London. Here’s the colours they’ve highlighted as either big trends or just shades that spoke to their creative souls…


by 2 Lovely Gays

Mint 2lovelyGays The Chromologist

“We are going with mint! From 100% Norway to Focus to Design Junction it was everywhere! It’s fresh playful and lovely to live with.  It works equally well in a Scandi home or a period property. Gorgeous with gold of the moment and the monochrome trend that’s been dominating,” says Jordan Cluroe of 2 Lovely Gays.

Interior designers 2 Lovely Gays created the stand for Nest at Victoria House venue, Design Junction and are hosting design clinics at their pop up studio there.

Yellow (black and white)

by Triangle…

Yolk yellow Triangle The Chromologist

“This yellow is definitely a favourite of all the Triangle team, and was spotted all over Design Junction used by some of the most exciting emerging young designers. It’s a great shade for the Autumn / Winter season, reflecting the stunning colour changes of nature, but also providing a warmer, uplifting tone for the darker months. Paired with grey shades and black it provides a striking modern look, with strong mid-century references,” says Victoria (Tory) Mullen from Triangle.

Triangle concept store opened its doors in Hackney in 2013 and sells a delicious edit of design pieces for the home both on the shop floor and online.

…and Aram

Black white & yellow Aram The Chromologist

“Irish design shines at Tent with black, white and yellow patterns from Mourne Textile and Andrew Ludick ceramics and also rugs for Ceadogán,” says Sarah Bennett Marketing Coordinator, Aram who also loved….


by Aram

Unearthed_Sevak Zargarian_Tent | Orange | The Chromologist

“I’m always drawn to orange details and love this Unearthed range of porcelain tableware by Sevak Zargarian at Tent.  They look good enough to eat as well as serve from.”

Aram, which needs no introduction, is presenting the beautiful new lighting from designer Michael Anastassiades at its Drury Lane shop during the Design Festival. This is the first time the pieces are shown in the UK.

Compressed Black

by Darkroom

Compressed Black Darkroom The Chromologist

“Whilst we are overwhelmingly aware of the onward march of the pastels through LDF15, we can’t help but be drawn to the monochromes, particularly what we’d call ‘compressed black’.  This is a colour that comes from a natural material or element being isolated and machined in some way. Two standout items I’ve seen during the festival was the board game designed by daPaor — each piece made from compressed Irish Peat – and an object by Paul Elliman, which is the result of melting the Lead in car batteries. The draw for me is that these processes create both a deep and extremely heavy black that also holds a certain iridescent quality. The knowledge that each material holds a certain history adds to the charm of the final colour produced,” says Rhonda Drakeford from Darkroom.

Darkroom celebrated it’s Fifth birthday this week at the shop on Lamb’s Conduit street and launched a new collection of monochrome enamelware and blankets available at the boutique, the Selfridges concession  and online. They also collaborated with Floor Story on a collection of rugs on display at Design Junction.

Faded colours of nature

by Unique Style Platform

Nature faded colours Unique Style Platform The Chromologist

“My pick is the Plants out of Place event in Queens Park. It was an installation by Swedish gardening house Coloni and trend forecaster Studio Aikieu will celebrate the potential of ‘undesirable’ and wild-growing species in towns and cities.
The concept was that ‘A weed is a plant out of place’ and the project sought to engage with the wider communities to reconsider the value of wild plants and how to utilise them to design for a better future and more sustainable way of living. I particularly like the natural faded colour and materials and how they were created from nature,” says Jane Kellock, founder of Unique Style Platform. 
Jane is a renowned colour and trends expert with a background in womenswear design. She forecast trends for WGSN and Stylus before heading up her own team at Unique Style Platform. Jane also co-writes the lifestyle blog The Women’s Room

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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