#HBRShow Seminar Tips: Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration


One of the highlights of the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2014 in London was the seminar on interior design ideas and inspiration, which focused on how to make your home beautiful by balancing light, colour, tone, pattern and texture.

Marianne Shillingford, Dulux’s Creative Director and head of Dulux’s Design Service, gave the seminar which discussed the colour of the year for 2014 and the year’s design trends. She gave a passionate and interesting account of how the team at Dulux predict and decide upon the upcoming colour trends, discussing how the chosen colour is based on everything from social developments and fashion to politics and economics.

Colour of the Year 2014

Traditional Lounge in Teal

Gorgeous teal lounge

As you may already be aware, colour of the year for 2014 is teal. This gorgeous, soft and charming colour has been popping up everywhere this year. Teal combines the natural harmony of green with tranquil blue to create a gorgeously balanced colour.

This stunning, sophisticated shade is extremely versatile, meaning it will work beautifully in contemporary and traditionally styled homes.

Teal interiors will look great layered with other blues and greens, as well as placed next to natural materials and textures, such as wood, to create a subtle yet eye-catching finish.

Colour Futures 2014

Along with the colour of the year, Dulux also chooses 5 colour palettes, known as the ‘colour futures’, to depict the upcoming colour trends for the year. The colour trends, like the colour of the year, are reflective of what is going on in our society. The idea of having 5 different trends means that everyone should be able to identify themselves with at least one of the palettes.

So, let’s take a look at this years colour futures…

Kitchen Styled in Silent Revolution Colour Future

The Silent Revolution

This trend focuses on subtle, understated and simple colours. It uses textures and layers to create soft hues of white and neutral tones to form a palette of silent colour.

Modern Kitchen in Black White and Metallic

Margin of Proof

Margin of proof explores the use of numbers and colours to help make sense of a disorganised world. This is a masculine trend, featuring rich, urban and warm colours.

Colourful Urban Living Room

Urban Folk

This palette explores how we try to make sense of ourselves in this busy world and our ability to reconnect yourself with the roots you have come from. It features authentic, warm colours with pops of folk art.

Light and Textured Dressing Talbe with Maroon Vase and Yellow Flowers

The Secret Garden

Interestingly, this trend uses layers and shades to create an impression of misty, veiled colour; like a garden early on an autumnal morning. It is a beautiful, feminine palette, filled with soft and delicate tones.

Multi-coloured Wall

Do It Now

This palette is about taking control of your interiors and making your dreams reality. Be creative and have fun with what you have around you. Use blocks of colour to make your space unique, fresh and exuberant.

Marianne’s presentation was one of my favourite seminars from the show, it was fun, quirky and insightful! Keep a look out for our in-depth posts, detailing how to recreate each colour future in your interiors.

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