Pantone Colour of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet 18-3838

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It’s the time of year where the design industry awaits the announcement of ‘Colour of the Year’ from different industry leaders and Pantone delivered, recently revealing Ultra Violet [Pantone 18 – 3838] as their Colour of the Year 2018. Pantone define Ultra Violet as ‘Inventive and imaginative’ and credit the colour with lighting the way to what is […]



Exciting Interior Collaboration for Joules & DFS

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The much loved British lifestyle brand Joules, recently announced it’s partnership with well known furniture retailer DFS. This exciting collaboration has created a collection of sofas, armchairs and footstools featuring some of the company’s most famous iconic prints and fabrics. These high quality, uplifting pieces are the perfect way to refresh any room in the […]



NDA Turns 30 – 30th Anniversary Celebration

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On Friday 1st December, to officially mark the start of the NDA’s 30th Anniversary year, the National Design Academy held a celebration highlighting the fantastic achievements of the past 30 years of student success for the NDA. The event bought together NDA partners Staffordshire University, Leicester College, Central Lotus and AIM Awards, as well as […]


Dulux Colour of the Year 2018: Heart Wood

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Dulux have announced their Colour of the Year 2018 as Heart Wood. Heart Wood, Dulux Colour Future’s 2018 choice is a warm, heathery mauve shade. The colour was handpicked by the research team at Dulux Colour Futures for what it represents and its relevance to the current global climate. When observing the colours diverse use in the […]




Student of the Month: Diana Black

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Diana Black, November’s Student of the Month is currently studying the BA(Hons) Heritage Interior Design Degree here at the NDA. Diana has always been passionate about art, textiles and design with a particular interest in the Art Deco and Arts and Crafts movements, but it was in 2009 following the purchase of a French character property that her […]


TREND: Monochrome is in for 2018

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As designers and bloggers conclude their interior design trend predictions for 2018, a trend we’re seeing mentioned over and over again is black and white. Monochrome is a classic combination, but in recent years we’ve seen trends favouring a commitment to either/or rather than bringing the two classics together. Source: Tamizo Source: Tamizo Even within […]