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The Future of Trends – join the discussion

If you were planning on attending Decorex London this year, like every other major design industry event it’s now a virtual event. The good news is, no matter where you are in the world you’ll be able to watch the panel discussions and talks that you would normally only be able to see if you attended the live event in person.

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Dulux Colour of the Year 2015 radio day with Rebecca Williamson

Rebecca Williamson and Karen Haller - Copper Blush - Radio Day

It feels like only yesterday Rebecca Williamson and I were on radio talking about Dulux 2014’s Colour of the Year, Teal. Today we teamed up again to talk about this year’s Copper Blush.  It was another marathon session giving 14 radio interviews within 3 hours with a combined listenership close to 5 million across the UK. It was wonderful to chat again with Charlene Guy on BFBS worldwide (British Forces Broadcasting Service) definitely a lover of colour and by the sounds of it all things pink!

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Techno Colour – bland gadgets have been eclipsed by a rainbow say The Independent

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Last week Simon Usborne from The Independent called to ask me about my views on the proliferation of colour in the gadget market.  I had no idea want was coming but I knew whatever it was, it was going to be big.

This week saw the release of the cheaper iPhone 5C (“c” for colour) which comes in yellow, green, blue and red and the more expensive 5S which comes in gold, white and ‘space grey’.  Very interesting colour choices, but more about that later.

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dulux Colour Futures™ 2013 trend colour sneak peek…

Dulux Colour Futures 2013 trend colour sneak peak.

On Friday I headed off to what is becoming an annual event for me, listening to the engaging and interesting AkzoNobel colour expert, Per Nimer, discussing futures trends in colour.  It is at this talk where Per also announces the coming year’s trend colour.

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interiors – london design festival, decorex 2011

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How exciting was Decorex this year. It just keeps getting better… great products, stunning presented stands, exceptional standard of seminars and guest speakers.  And for the first time, the hugely successful Decorex Bloggers competition.  I was thrilled to be part of, coming runner-up in week One to the eventual winner, Andrew Dunning.

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interiors – london design festival, my 100% design finds

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September in London is just back to back with interior and design tradeshows, exhibitions, seminars. You name it, it was happening!

I headed straight to 100% Design as there is always a great mix of products from leading local and overseas designers, as well as showcasing the up and coming.  I picked out a range of products to give you a flavour of what was on show from the practical, the quirky, inventive and the unexpected…

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colour & design surgery…do world events influence color trends?

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This is part of the colour & design surgery series, answering questions from clients and readers.

Question: “Do world events influence color trends?”
– reader, Ke Robinson.

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weekend decorator – 7 amazing ways to turn your stairs into a design statement

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In the first of my new series ‘weekend decorator’ I’m featuring what is probably the most under utilised surface in your home, one that you can turn into a real design statement.

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and the colour for 2011 is… yellow

Colour of the Year for 2011 is Yellow!

Each year ICI ColourFutures™ presents their colour of the year based on one dominant trend.  The trend for 2011 is ‘Appreciation’ and the colour they believe “best sums up the prevailing mood, attitude and fashion of the time” is Yellow!
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the colours of christmas

colours of christmas - metallic decorations

Decorations using trend metallic colours

Sparkles, twinkling lights and colour! It can only mean one thing. Christmas is on its way! If we haven’t already, now’s the time when we all start to think about how we can decorate our homes.
Whether you choose the more traditional colours or follow this year’s trend, each colour has a meaning both psychological and cultural. Here’s a quick explanation of what your colour choice means and some ideas how you can use them when decorating your home.
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Bejewelling your wall

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If you love jewels and all things sparkly, then this wallpaper is for you!

Graham & Brown have created ‘My Wall’ collection enabling you to add a touch of colour and glamour to your home by applying small adhesive jewels to your wallpaper.

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Wall Clocks – What’s Up

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A quirky take on telling the time.

I found myself recently researching wall clocks for a client.  One that could double up as art, a focal point.  The time certainly won’t go unmissed with these eye catching statement pieces.

Here are five of my favourite finds…

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