26 Aug 2013
The Colour Forecast represents a snapshot of what is happening in the world of design and interior decoration, and interprets the most relevant and contemporary colours into easy-to-use, inspiring palettes for the local market.
Plascon’s Colour Manager, Anne Roselt, brings a wealth of knowledge and longstanding expertise to bear on the choice of colours for Plascon’s forecast.
She says the forecast is a blend of the latest trends, both locally and internationally. Each colour plays a vital role in translating the trends that we see in a multitude of industries, she says.
For the 2014 forecast, Roselt worked in conjunction with leading design and trend thinkers, who identified key lifestyle, design and interior trends and then crystallised these into four key themes.
These all fall under the overall theme for 2014 of Colour Nation – a reference to the way in which colour defines our identities, our world, and our experience of it.
Urban Tribe is a response to the growing trend towards national pride, especially among the BRICS nations. With countries like South Africa and Brazil coming to the fore as global centres of design, their unique aesthetics are being showcased around the world.
Urban Tribe expresses this with a warm and grounded palette of contemporary brights, gold and black accents.
Second Nature takes a new look at our relationship with the natural world. As more and more people live in cities, the urban becomes our key reference point, and combining this with the natural world becomes vital to keep our lives balanced.
This sentiment is captured in a bright, vibrant palette of greens and blues, activated by a bright yellow accent.
Calm Contrast tracks the evolution of pastels in modern design, showing how they’ve moved from being purely feminine colours. This palette shows the combination of classic pastels with grounding neutrals, plus dark blues and copper, creating a balanced, contemporary feeling.
Inner Space is inspired by the ways in which we use sanctuary environments to rest and reflect in a busy world. Drawing additional colour inspiration from the stars and skies above us to enhance the contemplative mood, the theme is expressed through a collection of neutrals and blues for a deep, tonal palette.
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