This week we launch a blog series by our new Strategic A&D Manager, Francesca Sadd. Francesca has a background in both fashion and interior design and has extensive experience with A&D and end users on international interior projects.

Blog #1: Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

Welcome to our new blog! We'll be looking at current trends and striking design concepts and considering how we can translate this into workplace design.

Gone are the days of rows and rows of simple desk layouts, we now need to provide welcoming, stylish spaces that will encourage interactivity, boost morale and heighten productivity. The end user now knows that we should be surrounding ourselves with beautiful design in the workplace as our environment affects our well-being and therefore, productivity which makes this an essential consideration for any company, large or small.

Stunning interior concepts don't have to be reserved for the pages of World of Interiors so follow our blog and find out how to inject some true design into your working environment.

This month we're looking at... Pantone Colour of the Year 2017, Greenery, and I've hot-footed it down to Chelsea Harbour Design Centre to see what the experts are saying and to get their advice on how to use this bold colour after a few years of grey conservatism.

Due to ‘Greenery 15-0343’ being selected as Pantone colour of the year, we're seeing a much-needed splash of fresh colour within interiors, and it’s a shade that really lends itself to an energising decor, perfect for the workspace. As a trans-seasonal shade that pairs well with many colour ways, it can be a fantastic option for your less transitional pieces such as furniture. Accessories can be adapted around it over time giving your scheme design longevity… an essential with workplace design.

Here's an ideas to see how to implement it including our very own Harc collection in varying tones:

Using these pieces as a base, cushions, wall colour and accessories can be swapped in and out easily.

I spoke to Elaine Chapman, a specialist at Front who create stunning bespoke rugs. Front currently have a beautiful green example on display in their Chelsea Harbour showroom, which you can see on a room mock-up at the end of this blog. She seems to agree that this is a versatile colour despite first impressions…

“Subtly incorporating a key accent colour can be a great way of ensuring a space feels design lead. A timeless rug in a key tone, such as this year's Pantone colour of the year, can give a space a permanent design lift while more transitional products can be added and removed over time.”

Colour Pallet Inspiration

This month our colour combination inspiration comes from John Edwards at Kvadrat. He has carefully selected a range of fabrics to demonstrate the way to pull an energising green into your workplace:

As you can see, you can really make the green pop or use it as a background tone. Either way, get it into your scheme!

We’ve done a little mock-up space for you just to visualise this all together… Get green!!

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