A 59ft-tall Kim Thome totem pole at the entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, hub of the festival, encapsulates this trend perfectly, flashing a rainbow through giant Swarovski crystals.
For 2015/2016 the fabulous palette can be light and fresh, or warm and glamorous — anything other than dark and depressing.
On-trend materials revealed for interiors this season include timeless marble, concrete, damask, herringbone and smoked glass. They are abundant at all the big shows, and this low-key look goes so well with the new season’s favoured bold shades.
DISCOVER 2015's HOTTEST SHADES:
London Design Festival: hot shades for 2015
London Design Festival: hot shades for 2015
1/7 Wing it
Sophie Thompson's work is being showcased at Urban Living Interiors as part of the Young Fresh and British event during the London Design Festival (www.urbanlivinginteriors.co.uk). Thompson's Purple Emperor Butterfly cushion (left; £75) features indigo.
2/7 Simply red
Charlotte Wilkinson is also one of the British Designers showcased at Young, Fresh & British (www.urbanlivinginteriors.co.uk). Wilkinson has created a series of vessels which are blown, then dropped and hung, to let the glass dictate the final form. Pictured: Vessels of Blood vase.
3/7 Purple glaze
Don't miss the Shoreditch showroom of designer Lee Broom, who picked up a Queen's Award for Enterprise this year (www.leebroom.com)
4/7 Show stopper
The Gold Glenda Chair by Julian Mayor is a multifaceted work of art.
5/7 Blue’s trending
Frank Chou’s Nov Sofa on show at 100% Design.
6/7 Solid style
Lapicida’s green marble bath tub is £7,800.
7/7 Bling the changes
The Monocles vintage sideboard by Delightfull (www.delightfull.eu)
Bold colour is the theme at the 100% Design show, opening on Wednesday, September 23 at Olympia, with a public day on Saturday, September 26.
A dozen shades dominate the website and the event, while a central bar will be sheltered by a vivid, multi-coloured canopy. Use code ES50 for a half-price ticket.
“Cherished gold” is the new colour of the year, shared exclusively with us by Dulux. It will be plastered over its huge stand at the Tent London show, which opens next Thursday in Brick Lane, where cameos by five designers will illustrate new colour palettes.
For example, Kit Miles, Dulux’s young designer of the year, has mixed gold with tan, chocolate, duck egg blue and pink blush — an instant takeaway colour scheme.
Gold glows all around the festival, from yellow ochre paint to gold lacquer. “Here is warmth and glamour for the home,” says Rebecca Thompson, Dulux colour expert.
Damson and plum add a warm note to the autumn palette, singing from surfaces such as glossy lacquer, velvet and deep-hued paint and reflected in handmade glass, all abundant at Decorex. Or try mauve for a paler and more delicate effect.
“Take your cue from food such as fruity puddings and rich smoothies,” says Lisa White, lifestyle guru at WGSN, the global trend pundits who chose the colours being promoted at 100% Design.
At Syon Park in Isleworth, a vibrant autumnal flower bower, over 13 feet long, will welcome visitors to Decorex, the trade show for luxury interiors, when it opens on Sunday, September 20.
The quintessential moody blue will be trending strongly at the show, which offers a public afternoon on September 22.
Focus, Chelsea Harbour
The Focus show for interiors at Chelsea Harbour has 500 showrooms open for six days from Sunday, with a free public day on Friday, September 25 (free minibuses run from Sloane Square).
Here the mood is turquoise with pink on the side and Sanderson is the star, showing its new Sojourn collection with turquoise and cerise in ikat prints and weaves, and folk-inspired embroideries.
Also look for kaleidoscopic rugs by Marcel Wanders for Moooi at Chaplins, ombre lamps at Porta Romana, cubist vases at Nicholas Haslam plus embroidered fabrics at Beacon Hill, Jonathan Adler at Kravet and Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon.
Elsewhere, around town
A spate of new fabric collections includes Indigo Bleu by interior luxury designer William Yeoward in King’s Road, SW3. “Indigo is the go-to shade for peace and tranquillity,” he says.
The White Conduit Projects contemporary art gallery in Islington is staging an intriguing show, Meaning of Blue, from September 19 to 27, with a “blue bazaar” selling exhibits in the last three days.
Japan is considered the ancestral home of indigo, and at this event Japanese artists have made textiles using traditional dyes and methods. They will also be serving blue food on September 26.
Meanwhile, find bright massed blooms in the Shoreditch showroom of designer Lee Broom, who picked up a Queen’s Award for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace this year. Reuse content