Feature Friday: Let’s Colour with DULUX – Grand Designs Live 2011 Part II

The event has been a huge success. I mean there has been so much not only to see and do but to learn and discover. I managed to grab a quick interview with Rebecca Thompson  – DULUX Colour & Design Manager. She explained all the wonderful ideas and colours DULUX had to offer this season in addition to their Key S/S11 colour palette. The schemes have been developed to go much broader than just paint to flow well with furnishings, accessories and fittings. They have worked closely with Interiors Guru Naomi Cleaver and Media 10 to bring these concepts to life at the Grand Designs show. 

Pop Up Pleasure
The concept of ‘pop up pleasure’ encapsulates the idea of having more fun and play with colour. Encouraging the use of bold shades this concept plays on the trend of pop up stores and has a spirit of summer. The key colour for S/S11 is Forest Falls – a colour with a slight synthetic yet fresh botanical feel. Using the colours of Forest Falls, Spring Breeze and Flamingo Fun you can really have fun with this space and let the creative juices flow.

Made with Love

This is my favourite out of the concepts seen at Grand Designs and it just reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw in her season five days. The colours of Potters Clay, Moon Waves and Brooklyn Nights really do sit well with this concept too. I particularly love the many textures incorporated within the scheme. The mix between velvets, leather, cotton and fur really give that ‘cosy’ feel without fighting against each other.

As Rebecca explains this roomset shows that you can use grey tones which still give that warmth and energy. The Moon Wave colour on the walls in the gorgeous walk-in wardrobe is more of a toned down Palette that shows off those caramel tones. The concept also derives from a ethos of ‘authenticity’ i.e. a sense of knowing where the goods are from and how they were made. Quite organic. Thumbs up DULUX team!
The Beauty of Everyday Life
This scheme has more of an eclectic feel and is based around the idea of taking pride in the more simple things in life. This scheme allows you to ‘show off’ your prized possessions, your travel finds and has a sense of character. Rebecca explains that with this character the room offers a great energy and vibrancy with shades taken from ‘plummy’ jams and ‘coolies’ to sky blues. 
It takes the idea of British life and gives it a sense of personalisation.

The Beauty of Everyday Life
Rebecca and her team at DULUX have done an outstanding job, together with Naomi Cleaver these room sets in addition to the DULUX stand are worth seeing.

There is still time to attend the Grand Designs LIVE 2011 event. Tickets are still available and the event will run until this Sunday May 8 so if you are thinking about an interiors project that needs doing or just need some advice on colour and schemes come down and visit.
Come and listen to some amazing seminars and talks

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