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Is Sage Green the real Colour of the Year 2018?

12th January 2018

What does Pinterest say?

Pantone’s Colour of the Year represents what industry ‘experts’ expect to see in 2018, but the Pinterest 100 List may more accurately reflect what the general public want to see.

The company’s latest Pinterest 100 list makes for interesting reading. Based on analysis from search and save patterns it suggests that Pinterest users are aspiring towards Sage Green tones for their interior decor.

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Shades of green have been seeing a renaissance over the past year, with saves for “Sage” specifically rising by 170%. Autumn and Winter saw interiors magazines splashed with deep greens to rival the colour of your Christmas tree, but in the spirit of the New Year, it seems that Sage Green will be the earthier, muted alternative that will take us into Spring. Judging by the latest update to the Ferm Living showroom, it appears the Danes may just think so too.

Image featuring: Don’t Leave Me Table by Hay; Platform Tray by Muuto; Dot Cushion by Hay 

Representing renewal, and promoting harmony and balance, green is a colour that has often been overlooked in favour of more classic neutrals. This year, decorate the whole room in Sage Green to create a warm space accented with white, grey or navy accessories.

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Image Featuring: LED E27 Suspension Light by Muuto

A truly perennial colour, reflect the natural earth tones of Sage Green by displaying ash or oak furniture alongside contrasting industrial metals.



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Dots by Muuto; Wire Plant Pot by Menu

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Utility Follows | Dan Hull – Millergrey.com

3rd January 2018

For this week’s edition of ‘Utility Follows’ we catch up with interiors writer & stylist Dan Hull of interiors, lifestyle & food blog ‘millergrey‘.

We first stumbled across Dan’s Instagram account about 18 months ago and since then have been marvelling at how different corners of his home take shape. With a keen eye for detail and a style that is carefully curated yet not at all contrived, both his Instagram account and blog appear to perfectly portray his lifestyle and his ongoing attempts to create his idealistic vision of home.

We’d been dying to ask where the name of his blog came from. Thankfully, we got the chance to ask this and much more. You can read our conversation below.

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Dan Hull's Home Interior Details | Image courtesy of Millergrey

What inspired you to start blogging?

“My background is originally in fashion – styling and art directing mostly although I studied design originally. I moved to London after I graduated and worked for a number of womenswear labels, producing content for their PR and online teams. After 8 years I decided to make the move back up home to the North East and that brought with it quite a big career change. I went from having days filled with creativity to a desk job. I started the blog as something to channel my creativity into. A way of keeping myself sane mostly.”

How would you describe Millergrey.com?

“Millergrey is a bit of everything that I’m passionate about really. There’s a big focus on interiors but you’ll also find recipes and more lifestyle based content too. I suppose it’s all of the elements that go into life, tied together by the same aesthetic and approach.”

Where did the name ‘Millergrey’ come from?

“Growing up I was always told I got my creativity from my Grandad, who sadly passed away a few months before I was born. He was a policeman by day but he painted, made furniture, mastered calligraphy… he was such a creative person by all accounts. His middle name was Miller and I always knew if I was going to start something it would include that name somewhere. The grey aspect is quite simply because the chances are if something comes in grey, I’ll buy it. I liked the way the two combined sounded like someone’s name. (A name far more interesting than my own!)”

Anglepoise Type 75 lamp in Dan Hull's Home | Image courtesy of Millergrey

How would you describe your personal style, in your home?

“My home is quite minimal, clean and very white. It doesn’t get much natural day light so I went with pure white everywhere to really try and get the most out of it. I always gravitate towards big empty spaces with just a few carefully selected objects in. I’m not really one for clutter or too much furniture.”

Does your interior style extend to other areas of your life? (Your wardrobe, the places you visit etc?)

“My interior style is born out of my own personal style really. For a long time I rented flats where it was possible to decorate or alter the furniture so I think those years really honed my own aesthetic, so I really formed my own tastes whilst having to live in other people’s. With clothing it’s pretty much identical to my home – grey, black and white. A splash of navy if I’m feeling wild. I kind of blend into the flat when I’m in it.”

Vitra Eames house Bird in Dan Hull's Home | Image courtesy of Millergrey

If you could have just one product from Utility, what would it be?

“If I could choose anything it would probably be the JWDA lamp by Menu. I’ve had my eye on it for the longest time. I love the combination of the burnished brass with the white glass. Lighting is so important in a room and I’ve learnt from experience I’m never keen on light that is too directional; I like the way the lamp effectively creates a ball of light, rather than anything pointed or focused at something in particular.”

Hay Strap Mirror in Dan Hull's Home | Image courtesy of Millergrey

Are there any Instagram accounts that you love and think we should be following?

“I’ve got serious Insta envy for @Catesthill ‘s kitchen and living room. She does simplicity so beautifully. I love @allthatisshe too, I’m forever in awe of her imagination and her approach to creating images.”

Finally, we’d like to do some reading over lunch – which of your recent blog articles should we start with?

“I would take a look at a post I wrote about updating my living room, I think it probably best displays my kind of approach to interiors.

After that I would take a look at the post I wrote about one of the best purchases I’ve ever made, HAY’s strap mirror.”

Dan Hull's Home | Image courtesy of Millergrey

You can find Dan on Instagram here and on his blog here.

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Photography Credit: Millergrey

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Gubi Beetle Chair | Design of the year?

22nd December 2017

The Gubi Beetle Chair

We’re be hard pressed to think of a design that has been popular in the world of interiors this year than the Gubi Beetle Chair. Designed by Gam Fretesi back in 2012 and produced by Danish design firm Gubi, the Beetle Chair has been ever present in interior magazines, blogs, Pinterest boards and Instagram ‘explore’ pages all throughout 2017.

Despite being designed 5 years ago, you could make the argument that the Gubi Beetle chair has been the design of the year 2017.


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Shop the Gubi Beetle range here today.


What are your thoughts on this year’s colour of the year? We’re still deciding. Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

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Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018 : Ultra Violet

22nd December 2017
Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018

The Pantone Colour Of The Year is more than just a colour trend. The Vice President of the Pantone Institute, Laurie Pressman, put it perfectly – “it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” 2016 saw Rose Quartz & Serenity partnering up to create a calming-couple of muted tones as we saw the rise of mindfulness and minimalism. 2017 brought us Greenery and along with it came an influx in people creating their own Urban Jungles in the comfort of their own home. So what does the 2018’s Pantone Colour Of The Year signify?

Ultra Violet

All colours have a psychological impact and there are a plethora of studies into what traits certain colours have. Some are obvious – red means bad, green means good. Whether these traits have arisen from our use of the colours in a specific context or the characteristics of the colours themselves and their use in nature is a topic for debate.

So what about purple and violet? It’s use in nature is sporadic so our influences may have come from it’s human application through the years – the royal purple of the Queens gown. Purple and violet stand for creativity, power, luxury and royalty amongst other things; which is also met with feelings of snobbery, inferiority and introversion. However, the colour of the year is introduced to help affect positive change and should not be met with negativity.

Pantone’s official statement for Ultra Violet reads…

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

For us Ultra Violet stands for creativity, thoughtfulness & progression – a better world to live in.

Using Ultra Viloet

If you are a fan of the Ultra Violet shade and what it stands for, why not add a splash of Ultra Violet in the home? We’ve selected a range of products in variations of violet and purple that are available at Utility Design.

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018 - Ultra Violet

  1. Knoll Bertoia Upholstered Side Chair | 2. Louis Poulsen Panthella Mini | 3. Hay AAL83 About A Lounge Chair | 4. Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair | 5. Kartell La Marie Chair | 6. Hay Eclectic Cushion Blush | 7. Hay Spun Chair | 8. Kartell Memphis Stool

If you want to use Ultra Violet on you blog, social media or any other form of electronic or print media then Pantone have provided a designers pack that includes information on how to best use the colour and a wide variety of palettes to use with the Ultra Violet colour.

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018

What are your thoughts on this year’s colour of the year? We’re still deciding. Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

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Plan Your January Culture Trip

21st December 2017

January’s Best Art Exhibitions

January is arguably the worst month of the year. The fun of the festive season is behind us but the bad weather, darkness, and a slight hangover persist. To help you ease those January blues, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best art exhibitions to see this January – both in Liverpool, and beyond.


Surrealism in Egypt: Art et Liberté 1938-1948 

(Until March 18, 2018 – entry from £6)
Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Surrealism in Egypt: Art et Liberté 1938-1948

Focusing on the surrealist Art and Liberty Group (Art et Liberté) based in Egypt, this exhibition at Tate Liverpool offers an expanded view on art history. With numerous paintings, photographs and archival documents that are to be exhibited in the UK for the first time, the exhibition offers a new perspective on what we know to be Surrealism.


In the Peaceful Dome

(until April 8, 2018 – free entry)
Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool

This group show concludes Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary celebrations. Combining historic art with contemporary and new commissions with archival material, the exhibition aims to facilitate conversations about art and what the Bluecoat means to the city of Liverpool.


Turner Prize 2017

(Until January 7, 2018 – free entry)
Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull

The annual Tate Prize show is held in Hull’s Ferens Gallery as part of the city’s UK City of Culture celebrations. The show features work by some of Britain’s most talented artists, including: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi, as well as Turner Prize 2017 Winner, Lubaina Himid. With genres such as portraiture, landscape and still life displayed, the four artists look at how art can respond to political and social upheaval.


Basquiat: Boom for Real 

(Until January 27, 2018 – entry from £10)
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London

The Barbican Art Gallery presents Boom for Real, a retrospective on Jean Michel-Basquiat, a pioneer of the 1980s New York art scene. Collating over 100 works from museums and private collections across the world, the exhibition features film, photography and archive material from this influential artist.


Raqs Media Collective ‘Twilight Language’ 

(Until February 25, 2018 – free entry)
The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester

Addressing time and connectedness in the modern age, the work of the Raqs Media Collective is placed at the intersection of art, history, and philosophy. Featuring installations and video works, the collective has recently exhibited to much acclaim with the Tate Exchange and Shanghai Biennale.


Rachel Whiteread

(Until January 21, 2018)
Tate Britain, Millbank, London

Tate’s retrospective on Rachel Whiteread, one of the UK’s most prominent artists, displays works from the past 25 years of her career. Using materials such as concrete, plaster, resin and rubber to cast everyday objects, Whiteread makes thoughtful works about absence and memory.


Have you been to any of these exhibitions yet? We’d love to hear from you!

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