Dualit & Luminary Colour

Over the past 12 months, I have been working closely with the leading UK kitchen brand, Dualit, developing a range of New Neutral colours. From gathering objects to inspire new colours, researching kitchen trend and colour, to developing the actual colour on the electrical goods. Then finally styling and photographing the PR campaign images. This has been a wonderful colour journey and a great opportunity to work with an iconic British brand.

View the collaboration and product here Dualit Ltd

'Porcelain' Colour

'Porcelain' Colour

"Feather' Colour

"Feather' Colour

'Shadow' Colour

'Shadow' Colour

'Powder' Colour

'Powder' Colour

All Photography and styling by Anna Starmer

Spring Sunshine - The return of yellow

As colour and trend forecasters, we are always looking ahead to the future, and dreaming of things yet to come. But it is always useful to consider the present time, and look around at new trends emerging at retail level. Spring Summer 2017 promises to offer us a riot of beautiful bold colours. Here we focus on the yellow colour family, looking back at our colour trends in Luminary Colour Spring Summer 2017, and visualising how these colours are working now for retail.

Luminary Spring Summer 2017, published July 2015

Luminary Spring Summer 2017, published July 2015

When we created the Luminary Spring Summer 2017 book, back in June 2015, we were so keen on yellow being a key colour, that I even chose it for the inside cover of the book! We work with Colorplan papers by G.F. Smith, and this paper is called is ‘Factory Yellow.’ 

Yellow is the sunshine, it warms our tired bodies after the long, cold winter months. Yellow is a signal that Spring has arrived, as we see daffodils and primroses popping their heads up at last. Yellow is Easter chicks and sherbet lemons, yellow is custard and saffron, it can be sweet or sour. Yellow is fun, naïve and youthful, yellow makes us happy!

Luminary Colour Book Spring Summer 2017

Luminary Colour Book Spring Summer 2017

Luminary Colour Swatches Spring Summer 2017

Luminary Colour Swatches Spring Summer 2017

Luminary colour ‘LC-0763 lemon ice’ is not a pastel lemon, it is citrus fresh and zingy. In Spring 2017, we are not talking about fifties pale colours, these candy lemons are strong, bold colours – and the catwalks were awash with it.

Spring Summer 2017 Ready to wear collections, Vogue

Spring Summer 2017 Ready to wear collections, Vogue

London retail March 2017, Luminary Photography

London retail March 2017, Luminary Photography

Yellow is a difficult colour to wear, for many. Bright sunshine and daffodil often does not sit well with a pale, white skin. At Luminary we spend hours creating unique colours which are useful and wearable. For SS17 we developed a palette of glowing, golden tones, around the yellow colour family. From ‘inca gold’ to ‘bronzed’, these golden shades work well across women’s and men’s clothing, they are more grownup, a little more sophisticated.

London retail March 2017, Luminary Photography. SS2017 Ready to wear collections, Vogue

London retail March 2017, Luminary Photography. SS2017 Ready to wear collections, Vogue

As turmeric takes the health-conscious London set by storm (fresh turmeric tea or turmeric G&T, anyone?), this new wellbeing food, is inspiring a spiced golden colour palette across the runways and on home products. From curry to deep gold, this bold colourway is set to continue. A key category to watch in this colourway is outerwear, from cotton dustercoats to spring down layers, brighten up spring with a touch of gold.

London retail March 2017, Luminary Photography

London retail March 2017, Luminary Photography

These refined, deeper levels of gold are perfect, enduring colours for the homeware markets. From velvet sofas to cushions and towels, interior textiles are awash with deep ochre tones in 2017. And in the kitchen, this colour is a perfect accent, use as a centre piece in a hand thrown ceramic salad bowl, or bold ochre napkins for a spring supper. Brighter yellows are perfect for childrenswear and kids interiors.

Luminary Colour Book Spring Summer 2017

Luminary Colour Book Spring Summer 2017

Luminary Photography

Luminary Photography

Luminary Colour Book Spring Summer 2017

Luminary Colour Book Spring Summer 2017

All Luminary Colour Swatches are available to order, as a large scale cotton fabric swatch. We now have 900 colours in the Luminary Colour Library. Please contact your local Luminary agent to order extra colours, thank you.

Venice - Winter Colour

The colours of Venice will stay with me for a while I believe. From pinkish terracotta to deep ochre crumbling grandeur, contrasted with the greenish grey lagoon. Venice is a living, breathing museum, a fairytale island, floating far from the real world...

"A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him."

Arthur Symons

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The Palazzo Fortuny

The Palazzo Fortuny

La Bottega Cadorin. An exhibition of an artistic dynasty, a family absorbed and devoted to art, in a city that overwhelmed them with its beauty, and surrounded them with inspirational forces in the liveliest artistic and cultural salons. The exhibition stems from the need to protect an extraordinary artistic and historical heritage: a record of intense activity by at least three generations of artists, architects, musicians and photographers working in Venice between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Cafe Florian dates back to the 1700's and is a feast of neo-baroque splendour. If you don't fancy paying the huge price for a cafe latte, then head through to the little bar at the back, perch on a stool and admire and watch! St Marks Basilica, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, and dates back to 1092. Everywhere you tread in Venice, there is pattern inspiration and glorious architecture.

Venetian masks and a memory of the Morish past

Venetian masks and a memory of the Morish past

Casa Dei Tre Oci

Casa Dei Tre Oci

The Casa Dei Tre Oci is an early 20th Century mansion house which has been converted into a beautiful gallery of photography. Situated on the quayside, on the island of Guidecca, just a short ferry trip from St Marks Square. The building is spacious and beautiful, and they host world-renowned photographers. It’s well worth the visit.

The Peggy Guggenheim Museum - Joseph Cornell, Anish Kapoor, Maurizio Nannucci

The Peggy Guggenheim Museum - Joseph Cornell, Anish Kapoor, Maurizio Nannucci

Tancredi created a Venice of ‘luminous, bleached and transparent vibrations, of patchesof colour side by side or overlapped with veils, held together by regular sequences of small marks evocative of palaces overlooking the water in which they are reflected, subtly expanding in space.’  And as we view Venice through the lens of memory, it is transformed into an atmospheric, tonal ideal of pure abstraction, made up of incorporeal fogs and lights.

Situated in the house where Peggy Guggenheim lived and surrounded herself with art and artists, the Museum houses a wonderful collection of modern art collected by the famous heiress. From Kandinsky to Giacometti, all in the intimate canal side home.

Tancredi Parmeggiani, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Tancredi Parmeggiani, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Tancredi created a Venice of ‘luminous, bleached and transparent vibrations, of patchesof colour side by side or overlapped with veils, held together by regular sequences of small marks evocative of palaces overlooking the water in which they are reflected, subtly expanding in space.’  And as we view Venice through the lens of memory, it is transformed into an atmospheric, tonal ideal of pure abstraction, made up of incorporeal fogs and lights.

Luminary Colour Book, Autumn Winter 2018, Published March 2017

Luminary Colour Book, Autumn Winter 2018, Published March 2017

Photography from Venice is featured in the 16th edition of Luminary Colour, predicting trend themes and colours 2 years ahead. A hedonistic palette of rose tinted, powdered, perfumed, floral shades. From blush to wine, we are entering a completely sensuous world of evocative colour.

We are on an epicurean search for pleasure, pure romance; and poetic, dreamy, otherworldly experiences, which will remove us far beyond the everyday existence. Escape into invented or imagined worlds of art, literature, travel or virtual realities. Indulge in the sublime and the beautiful...

Blackened - a dark outlook for 2017

Deep, dark and dusky tones are key throughout 2017. Even in the summer season, we are seeing shadowy layers of transparent and textured surfaces layered in ink, charcoal, anthracite and onyx. As seasons blur and climates change, black and blackened colour become a trans-global certainty; a dark and sensuous backdrop, upon which we can play with materiality and pattern.

Luminary Spring Summer 2017, Photography by Anna Starmer

Luminary Spring Summer 2017, Photography by Anna Starmer

Interior image by Anna Starmer, Wall colour Railings by Farrow and Ball

Interior image by Anna Starmer, Wall colour Railings by Farrow and Ball

Black is a key trend colour for homeware and the interiors markets in 2017. At London Design Week, String Shelving from Scandinavia chose an entirely black product stand. Black is a key colour in ceramics and cookware. In kitchen design, key surfaces include black stained wood or bog oak, and black stone such as honed black granite.

Photography By Anna Starmer

Photography By Anna Starmer

Black paired with white or softer ecru is a classic combination. From brush strokes and mark making, to marbling effects, a hand crafted or hand painted feel is key to keep these strong colours from looking too sharp or too cold.

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Photography By Anna Starmer

Photography By Anna Starmer

Black was a surprisingly dominant colour on the spring summer global womenswear catwalks. As more designers look to seasonless, or trans-seasonal collections, black becomes ever more important. Layer sheers and lace with velvet and brocade. Give blackened clothing a feminine, softened touch through sensuous surfaces and tactile decoration.

Spring Summer 2017 Womenswear Catwalks, Images Vogue.com

Spring Summer 2017 Womenswear Catwalks, Images Vogue.com

Fuchsia - A key trend in Spring Summer 2017

As Vogue capture a round up of the SS2017 global catwalk shows, they are citing the colour Fuchsia as a key fashion shade next year. In our Luminary Spring Summer 2017 book, we pinpointed these intense, perfumed hot pinks and summer berry tones as KEY shades for all product categories.

Images and Key Colours from Luminary Colour Spring Summer 2017, published February 2016.

Images and Key Colours from Luminary Colour Spring Summer 2017, published February 2016.

Key Luminary colours for Spring Summer 2017, include LC-0705 English Berry, and LC-0752 Cosmos Flower. At Luminary we are in love with the intense, perfumed floral shades for summer 2017, from fuchsia to bougainvillea, pansy, carnation and poppy.
Order Luminary fabric swatches, there are over 850 colours in the Luminary Colour Library.

Images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk

Images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk

Think pink – but not sugared almond or dusty rose or sickly bubblegum. No, the Paris catwalks defiantly dictated fuchsia. It cropped up at Topshop on pointed stilettos, resurfaced at Bottega Veneta in the form of a hot pink leather mackintosh, then came out loud and proud at usually neutral Hermès, where it comprised a stunning tulle skirted evening gown. Valentino sealed the deal with its cape/dress hybrid, tight at the neck to elegant effect, and Balenciaga followed up by pairing it with purple Spandex. Do you dare? - Vogue UK.
Images and Colour combinations from Luminary Colour. All photography by Anna Starmer, created for Luminary Colour Publications.

Images and Colour combinations from Luminary Colour.

All photography by Anna Starmer, created for Luminary Colour Publications.

Obsessed with RED in 2017

In Luminary Colour Autumn Winter 2017 we are obsessed with the red colour family. From true scarlet, and tomato red, through to deep claret, pomegranate and darkest elderberry. Luminary Colour is created 2 years ahead of the season. As we watch the red trend grow, see below inspirations and influences emerging from both fashion and interior brands for 2017.

Luminary Colour Autumn Winter 2017

Luminary Colour Autumn Winter 2017

This season our book contains 60 fabric swatches, digital printed colour chips and brand new yarn colours. Take a sneak peak at Luminary AW2017 here.

Photography by Anna Starmer for Luminary AW2017

Photography by Anna Starmer for Luminary AW2017

In September 2016 we visited the interior design trade fair in Paris, Maison et Objet. We feel that, in interiors, red has not really been on trend for many seasons. The consumer has been focused on natural, softened greys and neutral levels in the home. We are beginning to see the emergence of the red family, focus on deep berry and wine colours in the living and dining rooms. Play with a mixture of deep claret, pomegranate, ruby and dark fig on upholstery.

Photography by Anna Starmer

Photography by Anna Starmer

Lucia Pica is the global creative make-up and colour designer for Chanel. In August 2016, Pica’s first collection for Chanel was launched, and it is all about red. But this is not just about red lips (which Coco Chanel adored), we are now looking at red for lashes and eyes, from fiery crimson to deep burgundy. “I’m just obsessed with red. Red means love, and danger, and passion, but also disruption – it’s so strong.” Says Pica

Images all Chanel

Images all Chanel

The Summer 2017 international catwalks shows unveil a new romance with the red family. We will see reds emerge in clothing for the summer season, and build in importance into autumn and winter 2017. In summer we love the pinkish pomegranate reds, and bright tomato or cherry.

Images all Vogue

Images all Vogue

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