Milan Funiture Fair

Milan colour trends: municipal chic?

This spring The Chromologist was lucky enough to spend a weekend at Milan’s annual Design Fair. In between the plates of pasta and espressos we were looking out for possible colour trends, and one really stood out. At the design company Hay and Wrong for Hay we noted a move away from anything pretty towards the strong, functional colours you often see in a cityscape. The green of park benches, the maroon of city signage, the sand-yellow of council grit bins. Milan is a city with a distinctive colour scheme of its own, with its dirty ochre and pink buildings adorned with forest green shutters and awnings, and we couldn’t help noticing a neat fit between the two. Could we be seeing a trend for ‘ugly’ colour?

Milan Furniture Fair

Milan Furniture Fair


Ros Anderson


Ros Anderson is an interiors journalist and blogger who has worked for The Guardian, Elle Decoration, Ideal Home and many more. In 2009 she co-founded cult interiors blog My Friend's House with Jill Macnair, as a place to write about design in a more honest, spontaneous and humorous way.

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