An Uplifting Color Palette for Interiors Spring Summer 2018

The Spring/Summer season of 2018 will see the emergence of our trend Urban Planet, which has perhaps my favorite color palette for the year. It doesn’t contain my favorite color, but as a collection of colors it’s hard to beat.

The Urban Planet palette has a real pick-me-up look to it, a happy feel. This maybe because it’s essentially a story of metallics and they are always a favorite. Metallics have been are ever present and it seems fitting that they should now have their own trend for this summer season.

There are updates on warm-metallics, such as Gold getting lighter, a Cosmic Pink shimmer and an intense dark version of Rose Gold. But perhaps the most significant metallic to note for this summer, will be the return to favor of ‘Silvered’ Metallics after such a long dominance of Copper and Gold.

All of these metallics are orbited by a spectrum of Lunar Grays, ending in an Eclipse Black.

On the Catwalks this palette will be used to provide a less gimmicky, less novelty tone to a space age inspired look; giving a much greater sense of glamor. The metallics make a strong statement, whilst the sahpes will be simple and bold, there are liquid-qualities to form and drape playing off against crisp, crushed qualities. The ‘attitude’ is intense, undaunted and has a striking impact.

For interiors the look for Urban Planet is perhaps, unexpected, for a Space Age inspired trend. Rather than a dark-abyss punctuated by brights, there are extremes of light and darkness across a deserted lunar landscape. The palette provides for a stylish and modest futuristic look rather than the stereotypical futuristic look traditionally associated with space-age design. There is a strong architectural quality to product design allowing this trend to set a new course for us to venture further into minimalism.

Wonderful design trend and color palette for Stationery, automotive interiors and external color, contemporary interior styling and interior products. If you would like to discuss how this Trend’s look could be translated into your products, or how the trend narrative could be used to develop inspiring marketing content for your brand; just get in touch with me (Phil): email,  text/WhatsApp/iMessage/call +44 7896 088 996,  or SKYPE – philrpond

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Material Trends: Interior Products 2018

In this short video, Victoria explains some of the more uncommon materials being used at the cutting edge of design to support the continued drive for sustainability in all areas of our lives. Fish skin, old magazines, nuts and even rice …………

Designers across the globe are trying to reduce the ecological effect of their work, architects and interior experts are choosing to look to new realms & frontiers in search of new, sustainable materials.

Some of the surface textures in these materials are very special and they feel beautiful to touch. Through the continued improvement in the management of industry processes (food, fashion etc) these by-products are readily availability and therefore have negligible impact on our environment.

If you’d like to know more about how Trend Intelligence could inform the future of your product development for interiors, email Phil, or call him on )7896088996.

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10 Key Colors of 2017 for Interiors and ….

When you invest such a small sum and gain such a vast return on that investment, you know, with absolute certainty, that you made an excellent decision. Well done you!

From warm, soothing spice shades to striking, bold hues, this year we see an intriguing mix of colors that are reminiscent of the natural world as well as powerful expressions of intense brights.

We have selected 10 key Pantone Referenced colors from all of the color palettes in our 2017 trends, to provide you with an edited down version helping you to make those color decisions on behalf of your clients, throughout the year. These 10 essential hues will be significant within the world of interiors, stationery, cars and much more; influencing the direction of marketing and retail sectors.

PLEASE NOTE: This e-booklet will be available for you to download immediately your purchase is made. We do not mail it afterwards. Watch for the link 🙂

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2017 Trend Privacy for Workplace, Residential & Hospitality Interiors

We have released our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Pinterest board; PRIVACY. This board will give you all the inspiration you need for interior & tableware product design & marketing, to fashion & workplace design; plus furniture styles.




This is a trend that addresses the increasing desire for privacy in our lives, in our work life, in our social life and even in our online presence. We’ve reached a critical tipping point now where having shared so much information; and for some of this information being misused; we want to regain control. It is a calm, simple and ordered style that explores concealing, revealing and unexpected transparencies.



Furniture companies are now taking on board the idea of nesting and privacy to create products that enable social solitude in the workplace. Open working environments inevitably mean more noise levels, distractions and interruptions; sometimes we need a quiet place to take refuge and really focus on a task alone… furniture can provide the answer.



A simplistic and edited-down approach is crucial, but it is also inviting, there is a sense of softness, curvaceousness and plain smoothness; it is simply modern. The elements of concealing and revealing are being explored by designers; some product areas appear blurred or frosted and there is a play on revealing or exposing things that are normally hidden or concealed.


The greatest luxury of the past decade has been time, but as we stride ahead into a digital era we predict that the next greatest luxury will be privacy…

Links to all images can be found on our Pinterest Board.

Need more guidance, information, support? Email Phil

For more trend inspiration see our Christmas Trend Update; Heathland also see A/W 2016-2017 Trend Updates for Native & Astro.

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‘Themed’ Interior Design can go horribly wrong…..

…  but it hasn’t in this case, in fact it’s quite the opposite.

The Potting Shed is Beverley’s newest bistro bar serving the very best in homemade food and offering a wide selection of beers, cocktails and wine. Yesterday we decided on a work-lunch and had our own garden party to check-out the interior design!

IMG_4591What a great experience it was. The sun was shining, it was warm and the Potting Shed was busy as people enjoyed the last week of the UK’s summer holiday period. The newly established bistro bar is a transformation of the landmark Hodgsons pub and is located close to the recently developed Flemingate Centre where many fashion stores, coffee shops, a hotel and cinema can be found. Here is a team snap (left) … a rose between two thorns (some may say).


I dug up a little information about the Potting Shed brand, launched in Bingley, Yorkshire last year. It’s a contemporary bar and restaurant concept with an exceptional ‘garden‘ theme. They have a big emphasis on food, including a wood-fired pizza oven and also host live music acts each weekend. The quirky little areas of the place are also available for private parties.IMG_4589

14115506_1771258006477685_642002851573770072_o  On arrival the creativity & ingenuity of the interior decor is obvious, all fitting in beautifully of course with the bistro’s theme. Garden tools including spades, forks, and shovels were all displayed as if they were precious heirlooms. Watering cans and buckets were used as lighting features and wooden logs covered walls to create an authentic and grounded ‘garden’ feel. It was surprising how well a bucket can reflect the light, not to mention a cheap way to update the lighting features in your own home! Blooming brilliant! (OK! We’ve all noticed the ‘dad jokes’ here, in abundance; Laura Greenwood!) IMG_4579


I particularly liked this reclaimed chandelier centre-piece. Items hanging included old beer jugs, metal watering cans, glass jars and small garden trowels and tools. Although it appears to be old junk hanging from the ceiling it actually portrays a very genuine and accurate design element that adds a focal point to the room. I am always rooting for more reclaimed and recycled products!


The bar area incorporated reclaimed wooden planks across the front surface of the bar and mix’n match patterned tiles on the floor which really caught our eye! The ‘mix’n match’ approach to developing customisable patterned tiles is something we have talked lots about in Trend Presentations and it is nice to see how they have been embraced to fit in with this theme.

IMG_4582We finally planted (please!) ourselves down on a table made from reclaimed wood and old metal piping with and worn-look leather stools. For our lunch we ordered a selection of ‘Shed bites’ including pulled pork nachos, garlic dough balls, battered chicken goujons, crispy crab cakes and a selection of cold meats and bread served on a rustic wooden board… we definitely decided to go big and not go gnome (Any more of this Laura and we’ll actually ‘tell your dad’). The food was delicious, it really filled a hole and helped the work go down!


14066366_1771257736477712_6100505241297751287_oThe tableware also had a very rustic quality to it with a wonderful surface texture and aesthetic, it was unusually shaped, simple yet stylish.

As we weedled our way upstairs we found a room full of natural greenery, with a giant tree in the middle and a wall filled with thriving foliage. You don’t need green fingers to fill your home with lush leaves.

We took a look outside to grass-p the concept more. The astro-turf used on the terrace is a stroke of genius, a very simple, but very effective idea that pulls together the indoors and outdoors design beautifully. It will be easy to maintain and won’t ruin your heels ladies. The terrace and very large beer garden have unusually good quality furniture to sit on and it’s unusually comfortable. Water you waiting for? Go check it out! (Doh!)

And for the winter months…


You can grab your own plot and eat outside in one of the brightly colored sheds; each one a sheltered, private area in which to have your own exclusive garden party. I was extremely re-leafed to see that they have outdoor heaters for colder times; enabling everyone to stay cosy until turf-ed out!

14124358_1771257769811042_8918966620010400923_oWe had a very garden-inspired lunch at The Potting Shed, there is no worming your way out of trying this place out for great food and drinks, we predict it will grow extremely popular! It is an ideal spot for a relaxed dining experience, suitable for all. The ‘themed interior/exterior’ has been done in a very adult way and not in the least cheesey, it created the right amount of interest to become a talking point for all the right reasons…. so lettuce dance like no-one is watching and turnip that beet loud!  

Have you designed a hospitality interior that enables a good customer experience? Then let us know. If oyu would like some guidance, inspiration to create one we’d be delighted to help.

Happy Dining People!

And for those of you who don’t know about the location of Scarlet Opus HQ… we are based in the Town of Beverley in East Yorkshire, England. Beverley is described as the ‘Jewel of East Yorkshire‘ and renowned for its exquisite 13th Century Minster. The town is home to a lively market, a thriving music scene, excellent flat racing and a medieval skyline that remains refreshingly unspoilt… For more information visit

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