Inspiration has many origins and can be somewhat unpredictable. A great designer understands their inspirational source and becomes a conduit for the creativity to flow. The skill is in taking seemingly unrelated imagery and conceiving a new visual context that inspires a body of work.

Christopher Elliott is truly passionate about great design, continuously seeking and anticipating the current global trends and forecasts. This visual diary reflects products, styles and images that both inspire and guide Christopher’s work.

Colour Directions

Burgundy, Marsala, Beetroot, Ruby, Magenta and Claret; these are all possible names for a particular colour that I am loving and using right now. For a long time, we have seen a spectrum of cool colours featured predominately in both interiors and fashion, all the while some of the warmer tones took a back seat. All this is about to change!

Even though blue is always seen as a classic, evident by the use of Navy in many interiors, which I love I might add, but what is also emerging is a particular ruby berry toned colour range. These sumptuous colours compliment a palette of deep blues beautifully and work harmoniously within a grey scheme. However, there is one distinct tone of this colour I adore, but trying to find a name for it is proving difficult. The best description I can come up with so far is Pink Burgundy. Meaning it’s on the pink side of a dark burgundy, giving it more luminosity and vibrancy. This unique saturation of colour has a modernity to it, as opposed to an old world gentry charm that a true burgundy would conjure. Though, I am baffled to think of an appropriate name for this elusive colour; my current reference to it relies on a small swatch of velvet fabric by the European fabric house, Chivasso, and their reference to the colour is called 080. Great! (Insert ‘rolling eyes’ emoji) Even they couldn’t think of a good name for it! But as with all things design wise, it is best to show you what I mean than to describe it. So here are some images that evoke the ‘Pink Burgundy’ colour I am loving.

P.S. If you think of a good name for it, let me know.
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Photography credit for final image: Photographer Mike Baker for Dulux.