Plascon’s 2013 Colour Forecast – ‘Balance’

As shared in my previous post, I was privileged to attend the Cape Town leg of the Design Dialogue where Plascon revealed their 2013 ‘Balance’ Colour Forecast.

I shared yesterday what Pantone had to offer and Plascon were complimented by their executive director Leatrice Eiseman on how on trend the 2013 ‘Balance’ palette is.

This is what Plascon Colour Manager, Anne Roselt, has to say.

Colour trends are influenced by the mood of society; we are drawn to colours that reflect how we feel. When stressed, we are drawn to gentle blues, greens and neutral colours and when we need a bit of motivation and energy, we crave more energetic reds and oranges. Our uncertain and changing environment has us seeking some balance and harmony in our lives and this led to the forecast theme being called “Balance”.

The forecast consists of four palettes – Simplicity, Contrast, Pause and Dare. The colours in these palettes are designed to help you bring balance and harmony in your home.

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This is an honest palette. A base of chalky whites and neutrals appeals to our desire for calm and an uncluttered space – a space where we can relax and refresh our soul. The addition of green links us to nature and the metallics provide a lift and add to the sophistication of this palette.

Key Influences: Everyday escape, understated elegance, raw textures, copper, antique gold and silver, safari chic, modern sanctuary spaces.

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This palette sees the continuation of deep blues and greys that have been so popular this year. Light and dark denim blues are also included in the palette. This palette is given an energy boost with the inclusion of high-contrast optimistic, bright yellow and fuchsia pink.

Key influences: 50s urban chic, colour defined spaces, vintage brights, sophisticated energy, optimism.

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Pastel colours have been a highlight of many designer collections on the catwalk, including Ralph Lauren (inspired by The Great Gatsby), Louis Vuitton, Prada and Fendi. These soft washes of colour look as beautiful on walls as they do on the catwalk. This palette of pastels is calming and uplifting and can be easily introduced to a scheme, as they work well with neutrals and greys.

Key Influences: Icy tones, Great Gatsby, 1920s, shimmer and sparkle, nostalgia, soft and subtle.

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Time for us to shift gears and move out of our comfort zones! These zinc toned brights are energy-boosting, without being manic and are great for colour-blocking and feature walls.

Key Influences: Afro-chic, colour-blocked geometrics, folk-inspired art and craft, retro brights, bold minimalism.

May favourite of the palettes is CONTRAST, what’s yours?

The Plascon 2013 Colour Forecast will officially be launched at Decorex from the 8th to the 12th of August, pop in if you are in town and come and visit the Plascon stand in the link area. Otherwise be sure to get your hands on a Plascon Forecast brochure; these will be available from your nearest Plascon stockist from the 8th of August.

And, you can get more inspiration and information on the forecast in the new issue of Plascon Spaces magazine. This trends issue (issue 8) will include a brochure and a fandeck of the 2013 forecast colours and will be available from 13th August at Exclusive Books, Woolworths, CNA and Spar.

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