Four Key Colour Trends from Milan Design Fair 2019

In April each year, hundreds of thousands of creatives, interior experts and furniture lovers flock to Milan for the International Furniture Fair. Salone del Mobile is the largest of all attractions, although exhibitions showcasing colour, design and style run across the city, from Brera to Tortona and everywhere in between.

The colours on display at Milan often set the scene for Autumn/Winter trends, but you can expect to see these colours coming through in furniture, interior design and styling from now and into the colder months.

Milan Design Fair Trends


Many of the furniture brands exhibiting their wares chose to colour drench their stands in natural, earthy clay colours with pink and red undertones. Rusty reds like Arabian Red were on show, often alongside more mellow and subdued earth reds like Venetian Red. Similar shades were seen on walls, couches and chairs. Colours of Dried Plaster and Fresh Plaster complimented the deeper pinks such as Pink Beige.

  • Arabian Red
  • Venetian Red
  • Pink Beige
  • Dried Plaster
  • Fresh Plaster

Milan Design Fair Trends

Milan Design Fair Trends


Yellow continues to be universally popular, from ochres and mustards of recent fame, through to bright new shades of lemon. Some of the boldest examples were on large furniture pieces, like couches, but those less willing to take the plunge with an investment piece can still turn to cushions, glass vases and throws. How to incorporate this trend on your walls? Choose a brilliant cadmium yellow like Lamplighter for brightening up small spaces or Papyrus for a moodier mustard.

  • Lamplighter
  • Papyrus

Milan Design Fair Trends

Milan Design Fair Trends


In a departure from the traditional, purples were paired with shades of grey and holographic effects. Dark and jewelled purples such as Damson were incorporated in modern furniture shapes, whilst elegant and serene lilacs like Violet Slate were seen in carpets and rugs. Take the lead from the holographic trend seen at Milan and top coat a Damson wall with Diamond Dust Glitter Glaze. Or complement a purple couch with light grey walls with a blue undertone, like Moonstone Grey.

  • Damson
  • Diamond Dust Glitter Glaze
  • Tribune
  • Moonstone Grey

Milan Design Fair Trends


Greens in all forms were on show at Milan, but a particular shade caught our eye; a sophisticated true green similar to Deep Adam Green. Continuing the green theme, and with a focus on bringing the outside in, a sage and tarragon colour like Tapestry Green was another fresh take on the deeper, moodier greens that have been popular recently.

  • Deep Adam Green
  • Tapestry Green

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