European Color Review

by Erika Woelfel


The Behr color team put on comfortable shoes and walked the 100% Design furniture show in London, England the week of September 17th. This was a juried event for all vendors showcasing their wares. Each manufacturer or designer was required to submit new products to a committee who determined eligibility for attendance. As a result, there was an outstanding representation of new interior decor innovations. Everywhere there were mixed materials, bold colors, imaginative patterns and space-saving, multi-tasking furniture that will help make living and working environments that much more comfortable.

We were very impressed with an exhibit featuring the latest technologies in 3-D printing. Imagine being able to print a 3-D “portrait” of yourself, or the prototype of a pair of shoes you designed! It is possible. Grow fresh veggies in your own kitchen all year round with the latest gardening techniques using lighting and hydro phonics. How about an app that converts the steps in your building into a caloric meter, so you can monitor how much exercise you are getting each day? These are a few of the amazing ideas we came across as we toured the show.

Below are some of the colorful highlights:

The best seat in the house was yellow. Neon yellow was a fresh accent color found on tables and chairs.


Pumpkin orange could not be ignored. Shown here in carpet, fabric and painted furniture.

Mixed greens: emerald, lime and vegetal greens were seen most often.


Quilted, belted and stitched piping edges appeared on modern furniture pieces. Felted wool was a popular upholstery choice. Gray was most common but other bold colors were used as well.

Matte black was hot for furniture and lighting details, and of course small electronics.


Pastels made a good showing, here on hand-carved porcelain cups in candy-sweet values of orange, yellow, mint green and fresh blue.

Concrete took a new shape: On counter tops, indoor gardening walls, and by incorporating fabric elements for a nouveau sculptural look.


Full spectrum lighting and neon bright acrylics focused on the more saturated side of color.


Every day items were elevated with “clothing”. Knit sweaters for vases and light bulbs, or covering objects in felt “sweaters”.

alternative to ceramic.


Colorfully yours,



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