Our colour trends team

_Heleen van Gent_ Head of the Global Aesthetics Center I love deep blue-violet. It reminds me of my simple pleasures in life: blue jeans and starry nights.

Heleen van Gent, one of the design experts who forecast the colour trends that influence how we decorate our homes.
Heleen van Gent (violets)

Heleen uses her passion for colour to help people make colour choices in their homes, designing colour tools to help make those decisions easier. She also takes great pleasure each year in overseeing the creation of the AkzoNobel annual colour trend forecasts, Colour Futures.

Before joining the Global Aesthetics Center, Heleen was educated at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands and worked in the world of magazines for 20 years, as an interior stylist and design editor.