Décor & Gardening
The feeling is neutral
The Plascon Colour Forecast has been South Africa’s leading source of colour inspiration for nearly 20 years, and 2018’s edition is no exception. Having surveyed the way colour is being used across the creative industries, the experts at Kansai Plascon have come up with a set of trendy colour stories that truly reflect the global mood.
Along with four colour stories that express the key trends in the world of colour, Kansai Plascon also chooses one colour in the Forecast that captures the overall mood for that year. And the result is spectacular! It’s a hue that is on-trend and directional as always, but also one that’s easy to incorporate in a range of colour schemes – the Neutral of the Year for 2018 is revealed as Amadeus: an earthy, yellow-tinted hue. The overall trend in design at the moment is that the world is in flux, and the current colour trends are often about bringing together eclectic influences to create something new. Kansai Plascon selected this neutral because it is grounding enough to balance out this
Kansai Plascon selected this neutral because it is grounding enough to balance out this tendency while being warm and expressive in its own right. Amadeus comes from the Forecast’s Soft Composition colour story, where it lives alongside a muted palette of classically-inspired colours and bold retro accents. The name comes from the nickname given to Mozart, inspired by his classic but expressive style and irreverent nature. It can be combined with the rest of this palette to create a contemplative but cosy feeling in interiors, and it’s a great base to experiment with the bolder hues from the other colour stories too. It’s also a distinctive colour in its own right and is perfect to add a dose of energy to
It’s also a distinctive colour in its own right and is perfect to add a dose of energy to a space. Kansai Plascon Colour Expert Claire Bond said ‘In terms of colour psychology, yellow tones are stimulating and warming, so Amadeus is a great pick for social spaces like living rooms and kitchens.’
The four colour stories:
Colour Story One: Exotic Euphoria
In this first theme, the distinction between natural and artificial blurs in response to scientists and artists hybridising the two in their work. The palette’s supercharged and jungle-inspired brights are almost phosphorescent, especially against the backdrop of lush natural hues. The overall feeling is a little wild and overgrown, and it’s perfect to create living spaces that feel connected and natural but energetic at the same time.
Colour Story Two: Soft Composition
Soft Composition is about editing spaces and styles to create room for contemplation. The mood is calming yet grounded and the whole look is inspired by classic form and colours. The palette gets its on-trend update through the inclusion of bold retro accents alongside the muted colours. In this way, classic and contemporary are combined. The whole idea is to create spaces that feel familiar but at the same time look new. It’s a warm take on minimalism for the way we live today.
Colour Story Three: Craft Spirit
Every culture has a craft heritage and this theme is inspired by the way this common past connects us all today. It’s about combining North and South, East and West, and finding that the ties that bind are invariably colour. This rich global mix is expressed in a palette of pigmented hues, fruity accents and watery blues. The overall feeling created in Craft Spirit is one of connection and it’s ideal for creating rich and textured living spaces.
Colour Story Four: Hi-Glo
One for the adventurous, Hi-Glo is the mash-up of digital and physical. It’s inspired by how the digital space allows people to express new identities and at the same time how colour still has such a physical presence in our lives. It’s a rule-breaking palette of citrusy sorbet tones, soft pink, mid-toned primaries and grounding earthy colours to hold it all together. It’s the perfect way to create youthful and more experimental spaces and lends itself well to artistic colour treatments and paint effects.
Visit https://plascon.com/CF2018 for more information on the 2018 Plascon Colour Forecast.
Get it JHB West – February 2018