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Colour trends from Milan Design Week

26 May 2016

Each year, the global interiors phenomenon of Milan Design Week is a mecca for creatives from around the world. Local interior designer Nicola Manning reveals the colour trends she spotted at this year’s event.

The predominant colour story at Milan Design Week 2016 was the depth of colour on display with lots of moody charcoals, blacks and greys. Some had added texture in the form of faux concrete wallpaper and, in many cases, grey was teamed with brown, often timber.

Note the metal detailing and matte finishes in the bathroom and kitchen setting below. 

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Blue was the clear winner in terms of being the most popular accent colour. There were deep moody blues as well as crisper cleaner blues, seen with browns and crisp whites. 

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Another popular accent colour was yellow, ranging from a bright citrus yellow to a deeper, richer yellow; gold and mustard tones.

Blue and yellow were seen together, and yellow was often set against textured greys. 

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Pink was another favourite, seen on many stands at the show, ranging from soft dusky pinks to deeper pink.

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Another striking colour being used in kitchens especially is moody green. Combined with timbers and concrete or brick finishes, this creates an earthy slightly industrial look.

Take note of the mix of different timbers on the cabinets and floor of this kitchen, and the mix of different greens in the outdoor setting. 

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Nicola Manning is an interior designer, based in Auckland.

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