Top 10 Colours for 2014

I’m excited to bring you one of our most important posts of the year – our top ten colours for 2014! These colours will be significant throughout the world of interiors, retail and marketing, and we’ve taken these colours from our forecasts for both Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. This year we will see a wonderful contrast between luxurious historical nostalgia, and extreme newness in the form of botanical and digital brights. It’s worth noting that these colours shouldn’t all be used together, and are displayed in no particular order; each swatch you see is simply a gorgeous colour that will be important in the coming year! As I leave you to have a look at this beautiful array of colours, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! – Catherine.

1Diffused Blush swatchDiffused Blush:

Moving on from ‘Apricot Blush’, one of the key colours of 2013, is Diffused Blush. The colour is beautifully hazy & sensory, working well within a palette of botanical perfumed colours such as dusky petal pink and softened wild heather, while accents of acidic pastels make sure the look is brave, and bang on trend. Looking forward, the use of diffused blush continues to make its’ presence felt through into 2015.

2Stucco swatchStucco:

An important neutral is Stucco – seen from the start of 2014 in our trend of historical eccentricity The Curator and into our History trend (A/W 2014/15). Stucco works beautifully as part of a soft yet austere palette of cool marble grey and earthy brown, but also is a great contrast paired with rich and glamorous products in jewel tones; absinthe green and petrol blue.

3Cocoa swatchCocoa:

A rich, earthy brown, this tone works with Stucco perfectly. It is particularly present in our trend The Curator, and will be seen in eccentric, country gentleman styling throughout the year.  Rich dark woods are seen, even in Spring/Summer, while Liquid Geology, another Spring/Summer trend, sees mystical dark browns from the Earth’s formation working with liquid gold and our next colour, glimmering bronze.

4Bronze swatchBronze:

This colour is extremely versatile, adding a touch of glamour and luxury without the obvious flamboyance of gold. It’s seen in its’ natural form against earthy browns, as well as being used extravagantly  throughout our historical trends;  bronze detailing against our next colour, Petrol, as well as deep purples and even black is sumptuous and sophisticated.


5Petrol swatchPetrol Blue:

Petrol Blue continues to make its’ presence felt throughout 2014; the complex colour is as intriguing as ever. Working beautifully with bronze, Petrol Blue does not just mean teal. It is shimmering and mysterious; displaying tones of green as well as blue. This colour is mature, sophisticated and unisex.


6Amethyst swatchAmethyst:

This purple is seen in a number of our trends for 2014; the glamorous jewel tone works perfectly with dark fairy-tale inspired trend Dangerous Apparitions for Spring/Summer, while being softened to work with petal and blush tones throughout the season, too. Amethyst purple is high-end and the colour also comes through in a range of digital and galactic inspired patterns.


newChangeant Violet:

As seen in our Autumn/Winter 2014/15 trend Life, Changeant Violet is a fascinating and complex new  tinted metallic with a scientific shimmer and intense depth. It works beautifully with ice white, nude tones, and iridescent surfaces,  as well as contrasted against crystallised greens and turquoise (although turquoise didnt make it onto this list, it’s a key colour for 2014).


7Hot pink swatchHot Pink:

Hot Pink is an important bold accent colour throughout 2014. It is richer and more sophisticated than simply being a standard bright pink, yet still high in energy. The colour looks great against glossy white and black as well as adding depth to a palette of cool brights including watermelon. Although traditionally a feminine colour, it’s time for guys to embrace the pink!

8Desert bloom swatchRed:

Next year red is orange-tinted, fresh, bold and high-fashion. As seen in our A/W 2013/14 trend ‘Expedition’, this red works well against icy white and rock grey backgrounds, although such a vibrant colour is just asking to be clashed against turquoise and Hot Pink. As we move through 2014, towards 2015, we begin to see earthier reds come to the fore.


9Chlorophyll swatchChlorophyll Green:

We all know that Emerald was Pantone’s colour of the year, 2013, and now moving into 2014, green is fresh, optimistic and celebratory. Working with this optimistic vibe, the Chlorophyll Green clashes against Hot Pink and works well with vibrant yellow and bright turquoise – colour blocking is the perfect way to work this colour into the home.




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On-trend Christmas gifts

The Christmas countdown has begun, and to make sure your Christmas is stylish and on-trend, here I have hand-picked a range of gifts for Her, Him and for the Home based on three of our Autumn/Winter 13/14 trends.


The Bloc is a new Russian revival trend, displaying a mash-up of two distinct styles: old Tsar glamour and Eastern Bloc folk. Key influences of this trend include the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2014 G8 Summit (both to be held in Sochi),  the rise of Eastern European nations, and the approval of expansion plans to double the size of Moscow.

This Christmas look for ladies is inspired by the opulence and ornamentation of Pre-Revolution Russia, and old crafts & pattern of Eastern Europe.

A colour palette of black, imperial purple, fabergé blue, revolution red and gold create a lavish and luxurious look, to be adorned with jewels, lace, embroidery and folk art:


1. Faux Fur Headwarmer from Blanche In The Brambles; 2. Heirloom Necklace from Forever 21; 3. Faux Fur Box Bag from Topshop; Floral Embroidered Sweatshirt from Topshop; 5. Matryoshka Decorations from Graham and Green; 6. Embroidered Cross-Stitch Jacket from Monsoon; 7. Wine Glasses by LSA; 8. Embroidered Slippers by Alexander McQueen; Russian Enamel Dress by Clover Canyon; Lux Faux Fur Snood from Topshop; 11 Russian Egg Ring from ASOS; 12. Russian Shawl Ipad Cover by makeYOUmine on etsy; 13. Gold Dress by Ted Baker; 14. Rockstud Patent Leather Clutch by Valentino; 15. Russian Blue Nail Varnish by OPI; 16. Runway Velvet Courts by Alexander McQueen; 17. Old Hollywood Compact by Bobbi Brown


The Curator is a bohemian assemblage of vintage, antique and luxurious avant garde creations. This Country Gentleman style oozes unabashed opulence as a much needed antidote to austerity.

For men, Dandy styling in a colour palette of black, Absinthe green, heady wine tones, bitter browns, champagne pearl, stucco and marble grey provides a theatrical air of decadence and eccentricity.

Warm metallics such as copper, bronze and brass, as well as cut-glass, quilted leather, tweed, silk and velvet mean that Christmas is sumptuous, romanticised and quirky.


1. Velvet Suit Jacket by Ted Baker; Stag Hankerchief Box by Thornback and Peel; 3. Stag Hip Flask by Ted Baker; 4. Decanter and Tumbler Set by Royal Doulton; 5. Cast Shoe Doorstop by Tom Dixon; 6. Embossed Leather Tablet / iPad Case by Ted Baker; 7. Bow Tie Gift Set by Beau Bow Ties; 8. Capitoné Cufflinks by Marcel Wanders for Marks and Spencer; 9. Brogues from ASOS; 10. Pipe Pen by Bluesky; 11. Brogue Notebook by Ted Baker; 12. Harris Tweed and Leather iPad Sleeve by Maccessori; 13. Shoe Shine Kit by Gentleman’s Hardware; 14. Wine and Gold Braces from John Lewis


The Vision is a Sci-Tech investigation into the structure, characteristics, and brilliance of Nature and Science; our deepening knowledge of the subject has created this futuristic vision of optimism.

A new soothing mood and layers of ethereal styling make this season’s take on Sci-Tech easier to live with than ever before, and is a great fresh new look for Christmas.

Sensual apricot tones, fragile pinks, and quiet violets deliver an infusion of hushed elegance and glamour to the diffused pastels colour palette, warming the ice white foundation.

Perfect for Christmas is this trend’s luminosity and coloured glow aspects. Luxurious metallic shimmers, iridescent and pearlised surfaces and clouded, hazy effects help to create a truly magical and sensorial atmosphere.


1. Garland by Bubblegum Balloons; 2. Glass Bauble by Shakespeare Glass; 3. Marbled Bauble by Anthropologie; 4. Teal Vintage Baubles from Lakeland; 5. Polka Glassware by LSA, available at Lakeland; 6. Reflector Bauble from John Lewis; 7. Honeycomb Paper Decorations by Life’s A Party!; 8. Wreath by The Secret Gardenn; 9. Lustre Punch Bowl from Next; 10. LED Frosted Tree from Lakeland; 11. Wooden Faceted Bauble by GRITaesthetic; 12. Nikko Cloud Plates by Bodo Sperlein; 13. Painted Pastels Bauble by Creationsbyjdb; Large Heather Wine Glass by LSA; 15. LED Lights from Paperchase; 16. Gradient Dinner Plate by Anthropologie.

Make sure to check back for my next posting as it will be the most important of the year: the Top 10 Colours for 2014!

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London Design Festival Top 10 Picks

Last week I headed down to London Design Festival for an exciting couple of days, and here’s my ten favourite pieces – in no particular order, from accross TENT, SuperBrands, 100% Design, Design Junction and Tramshed…

1. 3D printed Jellyfish lampshade by Unellenu:jellyfish

2. Textiles by Lou Gardiner:

louise gardiner

3. Fairy Series 3 by Sooncho Textiles:

sooncho textiles

4. Sit On Cloud by Hou Liang:

cloud table

 5. Crack Vase by Jacky Wu:

crack vase

 6. Chandelier by Jess Shaw:


 7. Fern Bedside Table by Violeta Galan:


8. Etched Concrete by Graphic Relief:


9. Soft Metal Surface Design by Anastascia Cederstrema:


 10. Yumi chair by Laura Kishimoto:




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KEY TREND: Eclectic Collector

“Even whilst we are in the city, we can still fantasize about ‘our countryside’- one romantically populated by horse carriages, Mr Darcy-esque gentlemen, wild pheasants and beautiful manor houses.” Yukari Sweeney.

In recent weeks, some exciting filming has been taking place near the Scarlet Opus studio, at Beverley’s Guildhall. ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and will be aired in 3 parts on BBC1 over Christmas this year.

pemberley montage

The filming of this period costume drama has inspired me to give you an insight into a lavish Autumn Winter 2013/14 look: The Curator. Inspired by romantic tales of yesteryear, eclectic manor houses, and country gentleman styling, the trend is composed with a colour pallete of rich wine and port tones, absinthe green, flaking gold, rich oak, stucco neutrals and marble grey.

Pieces that complete the look include Yukari Sweeney’s ‘Lord of the Manor’ wallpaper which celebrates the idea that we can all have a piece of the British countryside in our own homes. This is juxtaposed with antique and vintage pieces, as well as quirky takes on Dandy styling, for a collective, museum-like aesthetic.  A range of textures is key; from devoré velvet, to leather and tweed. Dark wood, antiqued metal surfaces and cut glass create a sumptuous look, while key details include quilting, scrolls and text extracts, equestrian styling and majestic woodland creatures… Montage

1. Book Page Table-Runner by Salt Harbor Style. This DIY runner is beautifully simple yet romantic as it tells a classic tale throughout the room. Take a look at some other ways to decorate with book pages!  2. Westbury Chandelier by Ralph Lauren. This gorgeous piece has unfortunately sold out, but could inspire you to create your own equestrian style lighting installations! 3. Cygnus hook by Anthropologie 4. Tweed Dandy Styling 5. Stag Head by White Faux Taxidermy 6. Stag Horn Candelabra by Ralph Lauren. This piece sums up the look perfectly; lavish and theatrical with a rustic country edge.  7. Silk Scarf by Liberty London 8. Brogue Footstool by Alexena Cayless. I love the combination of leather and tweed! 9. Wooster Pendant Lights by Jake Phipps. These lights are such a fun and playful take on the trend!  10. Stags Head Cushion by Rustic Country Crafts 11. Knotting Hill Stair by Knotting Hill Interiors. This stunning staircase was salvaged from the ruins of a French castle – amazing! 12. Lord Of The Manor Wallpaper from Yukari Sweeney’s latest collection – a Scarlet Opus favourite! 13. Wild Oak Floor Lamp by Anthropologie 14. Extinct English Gentleman Tile by Rory Dobner 15. Cast Shoe Doorstop by Tom Dixon. This modern un-lacquered doorstop, if left untouched, will tarnish and patina – a celebration of the ageing process. 16. Bookshelf Wallpaper by Young & Battaglia. Scarlet Opus will be using a similar wallpaper in the Trends Hub at Surfaces in Las Vegas, January 2014.  17. Pride & Prejudice Bauble by Wake Up Juliet. This is such a great DIY project for Christmas; use strips of sheet music or your favourite literature. 18. Rabbit Glass Round by John Derian

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Key 2013 Colour: Gucci Purple


zakandvWe selected Gucci Purple as 1 of the top 10 key colours for 2013. It includes varied tonal nuances and is very deceiving as it has sensuous hints of sparkle, richness and total lusciousness! The complex blending within the colour gives a variation in its shade from a deep intoxicating purple to a shimmering mulberry wine.

This colour can be bold and sophisticated with a masculine edge, but can equally appear extremely feminine as the rich, velvety appearance is very dramatic. Gucci Purple has obviously  emerged as a key colour in Fashion collections but it can also be enjoyed in your home via sophisticated statement pieces:js1600_Gucci_Purple_Montage_1.  Here is how to work the look:

 Gucci Autumn/Winter 2012/13; IMAGE 2: Bold Big-Game from Moustache; IMAGE 3: The Batucada Collection from Jahara Studio; IMAGE 4: Florian Shim Plate Purple from Lob Design; IMAGE 5: Circus floor lamp from FAÏENCERIE DE CHAROLLES (FdC); IMAGE 6: Peacock Chair Cappellini from Dror; IMAGE 7: Moc Crock Purple Faux from Hip Furniture; IMAGE 8: Storyteller by Isabel Quiroga; IMAGE 9: Old Hickory Tannery “Dahlia Purple” Chair from Horchow.


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